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My Friend Mickey: Common Decency and the American Dream

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Albert G. and Sara I. Reuben Community Room at WFYI

1630 North Meridian St

Indianapolis, IN 46202

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Join us for this special screening of My Friend Mickey: Common Decency and the American Dream! It will begin at 5:30 p.m. and Mickey and Janie Maurer will answer questions from the audience following the film. Thank you to our friends at WFYI for making this special screening possible. Popcorn and soda will be provided. Tickets are limited so reserve yours today!

Indiana Historical Society and Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library members receive a $2 discount. Discount code will be sent in each organization's upcoming newsletter/e-blast!

This event is sponsored by our generous friends at WFYI and Kroger. We cannot thank them enoughfor their support and partnership.



My Friend Mickey: Common Decency and the American Dream

The Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library (KVML) is excited to produce multi-year film projects on the theme of "Common Decency," an important value to Kurt Vonnegut. The first film explores Indiana history through the life of Hoosier Michael S. Maurer, known to most as "Mickey." KVML CEO Julia Whitehead, who has known Mickey for several years, shares the Maurer family's fascinating story on screen. From Russian immigrant Morris Maurer fleeing religious persecution to start a better life in America to the efforts Mickey has taken to raise awareness of injustices including those suffered by minority communities, the story tells how Mickey and his wife Janie created a family 17 individuals strong while leading busy lives.

Mickey is known for establishing the National Bank of Indianapolis and Mickey's Camp, purchasing and writing for the Indianapolis Business Journal, publishing the book that highlighted the scandal that brought down the University of Louisville basketball program, and more. The film examines Mickey's childhood, helping his father (who was a World War ll veteran) with the family's junkyard business and Mickey's role as a successful entrepreneur and generous philanthropist. Viewers will also learn about the experience of Jewish families in Indiana from the last century to current times and Mickey's work as Secretary of Commerce during Governor Mitch Daniel's years in office, accepting a salary of $1 per year.

Not only does the film include interviews with Mitch Daniels, Angie Hicks, Joe Donnelly, Will Shortz, and many others, but also features narration from former Indiana Senator Richard Lugar! Whether you know Mickey or not, this film will enlighten you about a Hoosier who will leave a lasting legacy through his straight talk, philanthropy, hard work, and sense of justice. Come see how the boy who worked in the junkyard created his American Dream.

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Albert G. and Sara I. Reuben Community Room at WFYI

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