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2017 Howard County Hall Of Legends

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The selection committee for the Howard County Hall of Legends must have been thinking as much about the future as the past: their 2017 nominees share a commitment to coming generations. In addition to choosing 6 new Legends, the committee made a significant decision to expand nominations beyond individuals and include organizations which have had important and lasting effects.

In Virgil Hunt, Marilyn Skinner, Sam Rhine, Alicia Berneche, Circus John Byers, and We Care, we find the father of Indiana University Kokomo, a major force in education and the economy for an entire region. There is a community leader and tireless advocate for early childhood education, one of the world’s preeminent educators and lecturers in biology and genetics, a nationally-known opera singer and voice teacher, a baseball pro and Wild West Show performer who is considered to the father of youth baseball in Kokomo, and an often-imitated and nationally recognized organization dedicated to raising money to benefit disadvantaged children.

This is the eighth year for the Howard County Historical Society’s Hall of Legends. Since 2010, 43 Legends have been honored for their accomplishments. Among them are author Norman Bridwell, automotive pioneers Elwood Haynes and Jonathan Dixon Maxwell, country music performer Sylvia Hutton, journalists Steve Kroft and Jane King, and acclaimed artist Misch Kohn (a complete list is available at howardcountymuseum.org). The nominees this year are entirely consistent with the goal of the Legends: to provide our young people with role models and examples of character traits that engender success and contribute to a better world.

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