A company spokesperson says 89-year-old Alan Fox passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends. He ran the company from 1960-2012. Alan was son of the company’s founder Hugo Fox. He left his career in chemical engineering to run the family business.
Fort Wayne’s Calhoun Street is a quiet thoroughfare, but once upon a time, this was a swinging hotspot with taverns, shops, movie theatres, and dance halls, and there are still signs of its not-so-distant past.
“You could pretty much say it’s the most valuable item that has anything to do with Dillinger,” collector and historian Mark Love said, of a fake wooden gun used in the Hoosier Hoodlum's infamous Crown Point jail escape. “No matter where I go throughout the years, I’ve always been asked about the wooden gun. It has become quite an icon in people’s eyes.”
“Since I’m a recent transplant here, I felt like I wanted to know what cultures were actually living in Fort Wayne — and I was actually able to find so many different ones here,” artist Hilarie Couture told us. “I didn’t know any of these people when I started. I have so many new friends now.”
“For some people, it is a hobby. It’s a great way to relax and de-stress — and I think that’s how a lot of people get into it,” Griffith concluded. “For some of us, it takes hold and becomes a passion and you want to be challenged by it, and it’s a creative pursuit you have total control over. And you can’t say that about a lot of pursuits in life.”
“I think barbecue is a staple, because it gives families something to come together,” owner Cameron Brooks shared. “I would say, the secret to good barbecue is definitely patience. You can’t rush it… you gotta love it — if you don’t love it, it’s going to show through your work.”
“It’s kind of like therapy for me. I’ll put in some good old music and just jump in the car,” Hop Spot Crew president Marcus Lonsberry told us. “I like the way it rides and feels… it glides. I can’t explain the feeling. I just love it.”
For decades, it was the home, and popular gathering place for friends and family of Charles and Fanny Dugan. Today, its current residents are in the process of restoring the home — reversing damage from 120 years of decay and weather.
“Beer itself, kind of brings people together,” Jed Lengerich, a member of Fort Wayne MASH, said of the hobby. “Home brewing gets like-minded people together, doing the same thing and everybody typically has a great time."
The Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society began a summer of passenger trips in Angola called: the Indiana Rail Experience. The excursions are the product of a new partnership with the Indiana Northeastern Railroad Company.