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This collection includes the thirty page typewritten address, "Who's the Hoosier?" that Richard S. Simons delivered to the Indianapolis Literary Club on November 16, 1953. His address highlighted many men and women who were either native Hoosiers or spent an important period of their lives in Indiana. He stated that Indiana qualified as the "Mother of Vice Presidents" and noted that a large number of Hoosiers have filled presidential cabinet posts, have been prominent congressmen, and have served as governor in a number of other states. Simons also discussed the many talented Hoosiers that became famous authors, poets, journalists, composers, cartoonists, actors, athletes, military officers, inventors, and scientific innovators. One individual of special note who was given the longest description in the address was Little Turtle, a Miami chief who lived in the area of what is now Fort Wayne and who Simons described as a "great leader of his time, both in war and in peace".
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Richard S. Simons was a Hoosier author and historian. He was born on July 26, 1920 in Marion, Indiana to Phillip and Tillie Simons. He received a bachelor's degree in journalism from Indiana University and worked as an editor for the Winchester News and the Tipton Daily Tribune before becoming a feature writer for the Sunday Indianapolis Star Magazine . In 1954, he returned to Marion to take over running the family clothing store, but he continued to write articles for the Indianapolis newspaper until the early 1980s. He published The Rivers of Indiana in 1985 and co-wrote Railroads of Indiana with Francis Parker in 1997 and also contributed to the Encyclopedia Britannica and other history publications. He belonged to many civic groups and was named a Sagamore of the Wabash, Indiana's highest honor, in 1994. He married Rosmarie Roeschli on March 5, 1957 and they had one daughter. Mr. Simons passed away at the age of 87 on February 12, 2008.
"Former Editor to Wed March 5." Tipton Daily Tribune (IN), February 27, 1957.
"Richard S. Simons." Marion Chronicle-Tribune (IN), February 14, 2008.
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