Author: Mike Leonard

  • The Boogie Woogie is back in B-town

    The Boogie Woogie is back in B-town

    The sixth Bloomington Blues & Boogie Woogie Piano Festival weathered the pandemic and may showcase the best celebration yet. WHEN pianist Craig Brenner launched the first Bloomington Boogies Festival in 2015, many music aficionados weren’t sure what to expect but even the term, boogie woogie, suggested high energy entertainment and a good time. In its […]

  • Joel Pett

    Joel Pett
  • The Darkest Day in Indy 500 History

    The Darkest Day in Indy 500 History

    This was the nadir of the 1973 race, which has been called the worst race weekend in the history of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing. The sight and size of the fireball coming from the crash brought gasps and cries of “Oh my God!” even where I was sitting, close to the finish line at […]

  • Just call him President Perspektivny

    The useful idiot offered himself up as perspektivny like no one has ever seen. People say they can’t believe it. So much winning. For Putin. Leonard column Trump 03/22 I’d heard Donald J. Trump called a google of names, but never “perspektivny.” “A f***ing moron,” as assessed by his former Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson. […]

  • Joel Pett

    Joel Pett
  • Joel Pett

    Joel Pett
  • Grieving, loss and healing

    Bloomington native Christy Heitger-Ewing helps others when she writes about the difficult subject of suicide in your own family It is a grief that never goes away, and often only becomes bearable when it gets pushed into that locked closet in our brains, where people put things they feel they’ll never understand, never reconcile and […]

  • Joel Pett

  • The Battle for Buffalo Springs

    A well-respected environmental activist calls BS on a Forest Service plan to “restore” (read: log) a place it calls Buffalo Springs, a made-up name for a place locals call home. By Andy Mahler There is something that doesn’t sit right about the Forest Service’s plan to punch logging roads into the heart of the  hardwood […]

  • Heavy Ed tries to find a reason to care about the Super Bowl

    It could be the success of small market teams, or Lindsay Lohan, or Crest toothpaste, or jobs for IU graduates. So the phone pings and like the Pavlovian dog I’ve become,  I drool, grope for the phone, and see a message from Heavy Ed. “How ‘bout them Bengals.” I write back. “WTF you aren’t a […]