I was looking through a Venus Magazine today and found a review of your book. As a native LaPortean I can't wait for my copy of LaPorte, Indiana to arrive! I now live in Nashville, Tennessee and don't get back to LaPorte often, but I still have a bunch of relatives who live there.
If you get down Nashville way for any book signings, let me know!
Wow! I just learned of your book which features the work of my great-uncle, Frank Pease, and my home town of LaPorte, Indiana. I have the book ordered and can't wait to see it. My family also has a small collection of his work. My Aunt Marti has this great picture Frank took of her as a little girl giving a dog a perm. It's great. I always thought Uncle Frank's work was genius. I'm glad someone else finally agrees.
Thanks Jason, we appreciate the update with the info. The book really has made a lot of people and their memories come to life! Thanks for all your work.
- Hugh and Kathy
I visited your website after reading about your book in our local paper. I currently live in Mishawaka, Indiana, but I was born and spent 44 years of my life in LaPorte. The picture of the girl that is in the front of the storage box on your website and in the book is my senior picture. A few years ago at my 45th class reunion, various class members had talked about the boxes and boxes of pictures that were at the American Café. I go to LaPorte often for lunches with friends but I have never stopped in there to go through the pictures. I will now.
Thank you for the book. My friends, my sister's friends and one of my brother's best friends are in that book, and I am in the book! I am so glad that you chose that day to go to the LaPorte County Fair and discovered the treasured pictures from Muralcraft Studios. Was the demolition derby as good as it was when I was a kid?
I read an article in our local paper (The Times, previously the Hammond Times) about your book LaPorte, Indiana. My husband and I are born and raised 'Slicers', Class of '62 and Class of '63! I always thought LaPorte was a nice place to be from!
As soon as the book was available locally I purchased three copies - one for me, one for my sister and one for my brother-in-law. As we still have family residing in LaPorte, we make the trip often to visit them. Today I visited and we went to B & J's American Café for breakfast (since your mention of the cinnamon rolls I knew I had to get there for that treat!). I was hoping to get to browse through the pictures but didn't have a chance - time wasn't on my side. I did, however, have a few moments to speak with John Pappas. I identified a few pictures for hmi as he said he was trying to identify as many of hte pictures in hte book as possible. Luckily the names I knew werew new names for him to add to the collection!
I've been a long-time reader of FOUND Magazine online. How long I don't know - not important - but I'm a fan. My whole life I have been picking things up and seeing some sort of minor importance n them, a snippet into someone else's life, a ghost of an emotion. Then I found FOUND Magazine, and it thrilled me to see other people do the same thing I do. I also happen to be from LaPorte, IN. My friends are very excited to see the book when it comes out. It just seems strange to me that all of this time I've been reading FOUND and now this book comes out, based on the town where I live. It just seems that life never ceases to amaze me with little twists and little turns, and minor coincidences.
Thanks for doing this book - I grew up in LaPorte and it's really kind of a sweet little town. Thanks!
I know you've been getting a lot of praise for the book, and it's all well-deserved. I just wanted to throw another compliment your way. I spent so many years wanting to get out of there, but I was excited when I saw this book. It's pretty damn beautiful.
Can't tell you how excited I am fo the arrival of LaPorte, Indiana. As a born-and-raised 'LaPutian', it jsut boggles my mind that our bizarre little burg would ever make headlines. We are thrilled and amazed that one of our favorite family past-times - gathering at B & J's - has turned into somehting larger than all of us.
I just got the book and I love it! Love the little map of IN, love the cover, your introduction, the stats about LaPorte, love everything. Congratulations, really! It's really fantastic.
When's the book tour!?!
Read about your LaPorte, Indiana book in today's Wall Street Journal, and then went to the Princeton Architectural Press website, and now I am here! It looks like a great collection, and I will be buying several. As a small-town Hoosier native (Napanee, Warsaw, Wabash, Frankfort, Decatur, Rochester, Clarksville, Southport, Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, New Haven ... and finally to Bloomington to IU, Class of '66), and I will enjoy the book, I am sure.
Congrats on the 'publishment' (I don't know why that's not a word - I always think it is!) of LaPorte, Indiana! Looks fantastic!
- Radka & Lexster
Hey! Just got the book today. It looks AMAZING. I can't stop thumbing through! I swear the spine is going to be broken by the end of the night. It's just so gorgeous. I think that one of my favorite details is the textured cover that mimics the texture of the photographic paper. Nice touch!
I've been a regular at the LaPorte County Fair for years and years. My dad used to sneak into it when he was a boy. Great idea, bro - you are a ghost riser.