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    Sam Stall joined the Indianapolis Monthly staff in 1983 as a college intern. Hard work, perseverance, and a Borgia-esque campaign of character assassination helped him rise to the position of editor—a job he left in 2000 to become a freelancer. Besides penning "The Hoosierist" column, he has also written two dozen books on topics ranging from dog and cat care to The Three Stooges to outer space zombies. He lives in Broad Ripple with his wife, Jami, and their son, James.

 

Ruff Data: Purdue Study Targets Rottweilers

There’s plenty of precedent for trying to extend human lives by studying dogs. Canine research helped pioneer the use of insulin for diabetics and blazed the path for anti-hormonal prostate cancer treatments. Read more...

Landmark Cases: What's Next for Old City Hall

Downtown's Old City Hall languishes, empty, as historical societies and city planners (and nearly everyone else) debate what to do with it. Here's a look at some ideas that have already come and gone. Read more...

Which Indiana Lake Is Right For You?

Whelmed by the options among lakes Michigan, Monroe, Patoka, Tippecanoe, Wawasee, and more? Click here. Read more...

Deer Creek's Greatest Hits: 25th Anniversary

The notoriously ornery Guns N’ Roses causes the latest start of all time at the Noblesville venue. The curtain doesn’t rise until after 11 p.m., when all of the band members have finally arrived and straggled onstage. Read more...

Front & Center: John Green

If the soreness of one's writing hand is a gauge of literary success, Indy-based novelist John Green is on a tear. He recently inscribed every copy of his new young-adult book, The Fault in Our Stars (Dutton Juvenile), out this month, and needed steroid treatments to sign all 150,000 autographs. "When I did a bad one, I wrote a secret URL on the page that takes you to a video of me apologizing for the bad signature," says the 34-year-old, who has a huge fan base online. Half a million people subscribe to his YouTube channel, Vlogbrothers, on which Green and his brother Hank do stuff like perform Star Trek parody songs and discuss the travails of the writing process. Like Twihards and Gleeks, their fans even have a nickname: Nerdfighters. Read more...


Indy's Pan Am Games: Settling the Score

Picking the most pivotal sports moment in Indy’s recent history, the Pan Am Games or the Super Bowl, is no contest. One changed the course of the city’s future and proved it could handle the world’s largest events. The other was a football game. Read more...

Kicking Ash: Indy's Smoking Ban

Winner: Bars & Eateries with a Deck — The new ordinance allows smoking on open patios, as long as puffers stay eight feet from any entrance. Read more...