Lew Who? The Hoosier Who Wrote ‘Ben-Hur’ and Was a Civil War General

Wallace seated using a lap desk. Among his many noteworthy acts, Wallace signed the death warrant for Billy the kid. Photo Courtesy Indiana Historical Society

BY ELIZABETH ANDREWS There are two types of Lew Wallace fans, says WTIU Senior Producer and Director Ron Prickel: those who argue that the 19th century Hoosier’s greatest accomplishment was writing Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, and those who insist that Wallace’s service as a Civil War general was his most significant contribution. Prickel doesn’t take sides in his forthcoming documentary, Lew Wallace: Shiloh Soldier, Ben-Hur Bard, set to air toward the end of 2015. He hopes to instead reveal the many sides of the Brookville, Indiana, native, who also served as governor of the New Mexico Territory, U.S. minister to the Ottoman Empire, and a commissioner in the Abraham Lincoln assassination trial. “My biggest challenge is deciding what […]

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Recipe of the Month: Green Bean and Friends Salad

Green Bean and Friends Salad. Photo by Erin Stephenson

Green Bean and Friends Salad Chef David Davenport Bloomington Cooking School 1/2 lb. orzo 1/2 lb. green beans 1/3 cup olive oil 3 tbs. white balsamic vinegar 2 tbs. lemon juice 2/3 cup fresh dill 2 cups English cucumber 1 bunch green onion 1 fennel bulb 1 cup pecans Crumbled feta cheese, to taste Salt and pepper, to taste Cook the orzo to package instructions, and let cool. Trim off the ends of the green beans, and blanch the beans in boiling water for 1 minute. Then cool in cold water and cut into short segments. Using a food processor, combine the olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, and dill. Chop the cucumber, green onions, fennel, and pecans. In a large bowl, mix together […]

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