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Jerry Davich

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Jerry Davich: Did Mount Baldy ‘holes’ swallow up cold case from 1966?

On July 2, 1966, three Illinois women visited what then was called Indiana Dunes State Park to cool off from a hot, humid Saturday on a holiday weekend. Patricia Blough, 19, of Westchester, Illinois, Renee Bruhl, 19, of Chicago, and Ann Miller, 21, of Lombard, …

Jerry Davich: ‘We don’t turn any student away’

Erik Thompson looked like a pint-sized paratrooper as he hauled his new oversized backpack full of school supplies. The 11-year-old Gary boy didn’t mind one bit. “My auntie didn’t have enough money for school supplies this year,” he told me with the wide-eyed candor of …

Jerry Davich: Comic actor’s suicide leaves lingering questions

Where were you when you heard the news of Robin Williams’ death? Did it stop you in your tracks? Did you immediately experience a flashback of his most memorable roles? Were you shocked by his suicide or, like me, were you simply saddened?

Jerry Davich: Hacked?! Let’s change our passwords... tomorrow

Did you change all your passwords yet? It’s been almost a week since we learned that a Russian cyber gang injected a malicious code into at least 420,000 websites to steal as many as 1.2 billion username and password combinations. That’s 1.2 billion, with a …

Jerry Davich: Gary church looks to save souls, community

Jerry Davich: Gary church looks to save souls, community

Davich: Past, present converge at county fair

Monique, the “Psychic Reading Tarot Cards” woman at the Lake County Fair, made it a point to tell me that she does not predict the future for customers. “I help you obtain your future,” she told me when I visited her booth. Her sign claims, …

Davich: ‘Disney experience’ offers memorable insights

The Disney World photographer did her best to conceal her frustration with the family of a toddler who refused to smile for the camera. She tried everything to get the fussy tyke to say “cheese” or “Disney” or “Mickey Mouse.” The kid wouldn’t budge, burying …

Davich: Horn blowing has no effect on train delay issues

When does a public works project become a public safety concern? This question is at the heart  of an ongoing bridge replacement project in the Miller section of Gary, which is infamous for having limited access routes. Many residents and commuters already feel they’re at …

Davich: ‘History-makers’ pass the torch

Gladys Johnson ambled gently through the parking lot of St. John Lutheran Church, appropriately enough the oldest surviving place of worship in the city of Gary. “All this fuss over me today?” Johnson asked rhetorically while entering a back door. Yes, Ms. Johnson, it’s not …

Davich: Use regret as personal motivator

Regrets. You’ve had a few? Me too. A new national survey shows that people age 60 and older are drowning in regrets about their life. Regrets over not saving money. Regrets over ruined relationships. Regrets over taking better care of their health. These seem like …

Davich: Pastor profoundly thankful for regained hearing

The Rev. Tom Shanahan didn’t want to get his hearing tested once again. He already suffered from 97 percent hearing loss in one ear and the other one was almost as bad. Another test wouldn’t bring back his hearing, he told himself. When he was …

Davich: Artist, 86, ‘still going at it’

Eleanor Lewis may be retired from teaching art, but she’ll never retire from creating art. For more than half a century, the 86-year-old Valparaiso woman has transformed hundreds of blank white canvases into colorful works of art. She uses oils, acrylic, pastel and watercolor with …

Jerry Davich: ‘At least give your (autistic) child a chance’

Brandon Carter didn’t hesitate to follow his “Uncle Mose” into the noisy, distraction-filled Universal Fitness gym in Merrillville. This surprised me a bit because many kids with autism are skittish of such sensory-overloaded environments, with pounding music, loud fans and other gym members pumping iron. …

Jerry Davich: A godless world leaves us to our own devices

What would our world be like without God, or even the belief in a god, any god? Would it be a better place? Fewer wars fueled by religion, dogma and godly justification? Less judgment, hypocrisy and self-righteousness in the name of Jesus? If God created …

Davich: Vietnam vets: ‘We were spit on, cussed at’

Were returning Vietnam veterans greeted by anti-war protesters with spitting, cussing and accusations of being “baby killers”? Yes, local Vietnam vets told me in no uncertain terms. “I was called a baby killer. I was insulted. I was told that I will go to hell …

Davich: Gambling addict confesses his bad beat

Jesse Howard started gambling at a very young age. “When I was 5, I played marbles,” he told me straight-faced. “We played for keeps.” Marbles led to playing cards and tossing quarters against a wall at school. He didn’t think anything of it at the …

Jerry Davich: Were any Vietnam vets really spit on?

Were returning Vietnam veterans greeted by antiwar protesters with spitting, cussing and accusations of being “baby killers”? In my recent column on that still-controversial war and its still-beleaguered vets, one Vietnam vet told me, “I wouldn’t have responded well to being spit on and called …