An Evening in Muncie

Attended THE place to be Weds. nite: Muncie, IN, where NYT columnist Thos. Friedman held forth for a jam-packed hour.

Indy Star editor Dennis Ryerson was there, natch.  He must’ve felt like he was was fiddling while Rome burned (he was having a major printing meltdown back at the shop; my Star arrived way, way late the next morning.)

“Mayor” Peterson was there, working the crowd like a pol running for Lugar’s seat — which was what the audience seemed to be semi-buzzing about.   Like another former Indy Mayor, Goldsmith — and many others before him — Peterson has sought some measure of refuge in academia.

Also present, a whole coterie there from Lilly Endowment, achieving new heights of Lilly Endowmentitis.

Lots of students present, required to be there for some class or other (didn’t know the Fry Daddy from a load of coal), combined with acres of earnest middle-aged liberals looking for affirmation.

Friedman waded into climate change; overpopulation; market forces/the economy; and green everything.  Hot, flat, crowded.

Here’s one highlight, from a slide he showed:  it was a billboard advertisement for a car, in South Africa, an ad that read like this: German engineering; Swiss innovation; American nothing.

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