Issue: February/March 2016

Kenneth L. Roberson: Choreographer

BY JEREMY SHERE Growing up in Thomson, Georgia, in the 1960s, Kenneth L. Roberson had dreams of dancing on Broadway. But finding little opportunity to pursue his artistic dreams in his small, segregated town, and encouraged by his parents and by the African-American community to make a difference in the fight for civil rights, Roberson majored in journalism at the University of Georgia. After graduating in the late 1970s, he began working at the Athens Banner-Herald in Athens, Georgia. “I liked working at the paper, but I knew in my heart that I was not following my true calling,”...

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Fallen Leaf Books: A Nashville Shop That Almost Wasn’t

BY PAMELA KEECH Carey Spain is a gentle 61-year-old with a lifetime love of collecting books. He’s a Nashville, Indiana, hero, having purchased the town’s only independent bookstore just as it was about to close forever. Last March, Spain and his wife, Cheryl Mills, were visiting Nashville. “We came here for the [National] Maple Syrup Festival and were walking around town and saw the for sale sign in the window. We just walked in and started negotiating,” says Spain. They opened Fallen Leaf Books in June 2015. “We’re very happy with it,” he says. Spain is from the Southwest...

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Jim Keplinger: Comic Book Writer

BY PAUL BICKLEY When Donald Griffin Jr. and Tim Ballard began Off Campus Housing Agency (OCHA), they focused their marketing efforts on developing a campaign that would appeal to college students. They felt they had a winner with the slogan “OCHA’s Gotcha!” and noir detective Agent Ocha, who’s made it his mission to find the best rentals and look out for tenants’ rights. What they needed was an experienced comic book writer and letterer to turn their idea into actual marketing materials. Enter Jim “Kep” Keplinger, co-owner of That’s the Rub Massage Therapy Center & Body Boutique, located in...

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Bloomington WoodWorks: A Different Kind of Co-Op

BY BARB BERGGOETZ A professional woodworker and furniture maker, James Bradley was tired of working alone in his home woodworking shop and having to drive to Indianapolis to buy furniture-grade wood that couldn’t be found locally. To help others avoid the same frustrations, Bradley, 33, started a unique co-op business in Bloomington that saves local woodworkers time, money, and effort, and where he provides instruction to novices and less-experienced woodworkers. In November, Bradley opened Bloomington WoodWorks, located at 415 W. 4th St. It offers people a safe, clean building in which to work on projects, and access to industrial-grade...

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Jill Bolte Taylor Bids Farewell to Her Beloved Mother, G.G.

In 1996, at the age of 37, Jill Bolte Taylor, a Harvard-trained neuroscientist, experienced a massive stroke. She documented her eight-year recovery in My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey, a New York Times best-seller that has been published in more than 30 languages. It was a long road back, and through it all she had the love and incredible support of her mother, G.G. —the editor BY JILL BOLTE TAYLOR I was working on a limestone sculpture titled Role Reversal back in June when my beloved mother, Gladys “G.G.” Taylor, was given her terminal diagnosis. Of...

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