For much of my career, I had the honor of working in the newspaper industry -- much of it overseeing the archives of the Dayton Daily News and The Indianapolis Star. During those years, newspapers were adapting (not always well) to the advent of the World Wide Web. Having access to more than 100 years of traditional newspaper clipping and photo files, I created a number of website projects. Those are no longer online, but I saved some record of them here.

Indy 500 Encyclopedia

For the 2011 centennial of the first Indianapolis 500, I put together a team and produced the book "100 years, 500 miles," which was published by The Star just before that year's race. My last deadline for book production was early in April and I spent the next two months developing an online version of the book for which I gathered much more material than could fit in a book.

Infamous Indiana

While writing the StarFiles blog for, I often wrote about notorious crimes of Indiana history. These were invariably among the most popular topics. I have re-assembled these entries here, adding additional links to old news clippings.

IndyStar FactFiles

These are screenshots of some encyclopedia pages that I developed for IndyStar between 2000 and 2007:

How would the IPS levy
affect you?

Because of a change in state law the previous year, Indianapolis voters in 2008 were for the first time being asked to vote on proposed additional taxes to finance school building repairs and other capital expenses.

To help voters decide, we gathered tax data for all residential properties in the district, and I created this calculator. Site visitors could look up any residential address in the school district and see what the next year's taxes would be with or without the proposed tax.

Complicating things, the Legislature had also approved a cap to prevent any taxpayer's property tax bill from exceeding 1 percent of the property's gross assessed valuation. So we added this element to our math since the cap would be in place by the time the new local taxes were raised if the levy passed.

Although no longer officially on IndyStar, a version of this database can still be found at this link. I also included an interactive map showing which school buildings were scheduled for repair if the funds became available.

I started work as Library Director at the Dayton Daily News in January 1993, just as the Internet was about to transform. I was at that time teaching classrooms of journalists how to search the old version of the Internet -- which consisted of UseNet, Telenet, gopher, etc. The "World Wide Web" had recently been invented by Tim Burners Lee, but had been primarily used almost exclusively by European universities.

But in 1993, the first browser -- "Mosaic" -- became available, and that is what I first used to develop an intranet site for the DDN newsroom. That first intranet is mostly lost except for a screenshot of the homepage.

The second version, launched in 1995, has been partially preserved and is here at right.