WRITER: Kerry Hubartt

Last Word: Former News-Sentinel reporter shares his Woodstock story

Fifty years ago Sunday, the Woodstock music festival came to a close in upstate New York. Billed as a three-day event, “An Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music,” it was scheduled for Aug. 15-18, 1969, at the 600-acre dairy farm in Bethel, N.Y., owned by Max Yasgur. Whatever you may think of the activities that went on there, the event is considered a defining moment in popular music history and ...

The Last Word: Wings of Freedom Tour a walk through WWII aviation history

I live about five miles south of the DeKalb County Airport, as the crow flies. So it’s common for airplanes of various kinds to fly overhead on their way to or from the airfield. Monday I heard an unusually loud rumbling in the sky. As a big fan of airplanes and aviation history, I tend to run outside and see what’s up, literally, when something different may be flying overhead. This time it was a World War ...

The Last Word: Wings of Freedom Tour a walk through WWII aviation history

I live about five miles south of the DeKalb County Airport, as the crow flies. So it’s common for airplanes of various kinds to fly overhead on their way to or from the airfield. Monday I heard an unusually loud rumbling in the sky. As a big fan of airplanes and aviation history, I tend to run outside and see what’s up, literally, when something different may be flying overhead. This time it was a World ...

THE LAST WORD: Planned exhumation of Dillinger’s body revives legend of Hoosier gangster

The news that two relatives of 1930s gangster John Dillinger plan to have his remains exhumed because they have "evidence" the body buried in an Indianapolis cemetery may not be him has resurrected the legend of the infamous bank robber/killer. Good thing or bad, Dillinger has been a subject of fascination and legend in Indiana, and connections to his exploits have been the stuff of stories and conversations ...

THE LAST WORD: Police partnerships with neighborhoods that use doorbell cams can prevent crime

We live in an age of videos that show anything and everything any time and almost anywhere and make life more and more difficult to keep private. People can’t do anything without being recorded, it seems, because someone’s smartphone or a business or stoplight or home doorbell has a camera that will catch them in the act. Police cars and even body cams record the actions of law enforcement officers and the ...

THE LAST WORD: Knight return to Bloomington would be fitting

The storied career of former Indiana University basketball coach Bob Knight had a not-so-happy ending when he was fired by IU President Myles Brand in 2000. His long absence from Bloomington and repeated scorning of the university since have been sad and disappointing. But is the self-imposed banishment about to end? Reports say property transfer records filed recently in the Monroe County Assessor’s Office ...

THE LAST WORD: Do you remember where you were when man first landed on the moon?

Saturday marks the 50th anniversary of the first manned landing of a spacecraft on the moon when Apollo 11 touched down and two astronauts set foot on the lunar surface, first Purdue University alumnus and Commander Neil Armstrong, followed by Buzz Aldrin. It’s one of those events, like the assassination of John F. Kennedy or the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, that sears in our brains where we were and what we were ...

THE LAST WORD: For me, Betsy Ross flag is no symbol of racism or oppression

What would Betsy Ross say? Former NFL player Colin Kaepernick has complained about special Nike shoes that came out last week with a symbol of the first stars and stripes flag the Philadelphia upholsterer is believed to have sewed in 1776, during the American Revolution. So the sportswear manufacturer dutifully stopped the release of the sneaker. Kaepernick, of course, is the former San Francisco 49ers ...

THE LAST WORD: Old stone church connects to my family’s beginning in Indiana

I have a print of a watercolor painting by my Uncle Paul Hubartt hanging in my home that he gave me years ago of an old stone church near Blooming Grove, Ind. The significance of the old structure is that it was built on the site of a log church where my great-great-great grandfather, William D. Hubartt, was pastor. The stone church was called Duck Chapel because the stones used to build it came from nearby ...

THE LAST WORD: We need to educate public, enforce law to stop littering

I’m sure I have many faults, but littering is not one of them. I know my parents did not approve of littering, and somehow they ingrained in my conscience not to toss anything on the ground any time, anywhere — not a gum wrapper, a tissue, anything. I will not litter. But it’s clear not everyone feels the way I do. Nothing spoils a beautiful drive in the country like a stretch of road littered with ...

THE LAST WORD: How can the 'City of Churches’ now be thought of as post-Christian?

Fort Wayne has long been called the “City of Churches,” but it ranks 76th in the nation as post-Christian. How can that be? “Post-Christian” means there has been an observed decline in the influence of the church: Christianity is no longer the dominant religion where it once was. The fact that there are at least 360 churches in town apparently doesn’t make Fort Wayne a bastion of religious belief and ...

THE LAST WORD: Ernie Pyle’s reporting brought D-Day to life

What I like about reading good fiction is that the best authors create stories that put you into the book — description, voice, emotion and all the senses combine to make you experience what you read. In my career as a journalist I sought, not always successfully, to try to bring my stories to life in a similar way — by use of description whenever possible, storytelling, trying to put the reader ...

THE LAST WORD: When complaining about the wet weather, remember our farmers

Indiana farmers are between a mud puddle and a soft place. While the rest of us moan and groan because our lawns are too wet to mow and our gardens too muddy to plant, some farmers throughout the Midwest are wondering whether to plant at all — and that’s their livelihood. Many conversations throughout this spring have centered on the incessant rains and how they affect our normal routines and state of ...

THE LAST WORD: Journalism keeps the light on in a dark world

Throughout my career in journalism I have endured many criticisms of my calling, a profession considered so important by our Founding Fathers that our law prohibits its curtailment in the First Amendment to the Constitution. Certainly there have been many times when individual journalists and even the organizations they work for have blundered, fumbled, turned a blind eye, slanted the news and served their own ...

THE LAST WORD: Dick Florea, ‘Fort Wayne’s Walter Cronkite,’ inducted into Journalism Hall of Fame

Long-time television newsman Richard (Dick) Florea has been called Fort Wayne’s Walter Cronkite. Cronkite was called “the most trusted man in America” during the heyday of CBS News in the 1960s and 1970s. Florea’s heyday, likewise, was in the same two decades during which viewers of Fort Wayne’s No. 1 television news provider looked to him in the same way. While Florea shrugs off any comparison to ...

THE LAST WORD: Internet myths not worth worrying about

Read carefully: This column is not intended to perpetuate a viral internet hoax. It is meant to dispel it. The social media hoax is called “Momo,” which has popped up in conversations among children in our schools and prompted concerns among their parents. But it’s not real, and there really isn’t anything to worry about. Unfortunately, something like this can become more than it is through curiosity, ...

THE LAST WORD: Resurgence of measles makes strong case against anti-vaccination sentiment

Because of vaccines, measles was declared eliminated in the U.S. in 2000. Vaccinations against diseases are considered one of the greatest public health achievements in history. All 50 states have enacted compulsory childhood vaccination laws to stop the spread of preventable diseases. The medical, social and economic benefits, they realized, far outweigh the unavoidable risks of vaccinations. So why have more ...

THE LAST WORD: Dachau liberated on this date in 1945 — let’s never forget Holocaust!

Today marks a significant milestone in what should be a concerted, ongoing effort to preserve the account of one of the worst blights on human history — the Holocaust. It was on April 29, 1945, that the U.S. 7th Army’s 45th Infantry Division liberated the first German Nazi concentration camp, Dachau. On the same day, a major satellite camp of Dachau was also liberated by the 42nd Rainbow Division. Dachau ...

THE LAST WORD: Souder article details history of professional baseball in Fort Wayne

Fort Wayne is a baseball town. It’s the home of the TinCaps, the National League San Diego Padres’ Class A affiliate in the Midwest League since 2009. From 1999-2008 the team was called the Wizards, a carryover from its previous Midwest League affiliation to the American League’s Minnesota Twins from 1993-1998. The team’s name changed when it moved from Memorial Stadium to Parkview Field in ...

THE LAST WORD: Can you pass test Kruse wants to require of high schoolers?

Indiana’s Republican state senator from Auburn, Dennis Kruse, has pushed a bill for several years that would require Hoosier high school students to pass the same basic history and civics examination we require all new citizens to pass. Senate Bill 132 unanimously passed through the House Committee on Education Wednesday. The legislation passed the Senate in January. The bill will now move to the full House ...