Lustron for Life – Indianapolis monthly

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Lustron for Life - Indianapolis monthly

Plus electric cars at IMS, and is your high school mascot canceled?

Illustration by Ryan Johnson

Q: Indianapolis appears to have a lot of these metal houses after WWII. Why so many A: Maybe because they were made by a company called Lustron Corporation in nearby Columbus, Ohio. It’s easy to spot the 150 or so homes in Indiana as they’re all quite small and not made of brick or wood, but instead of porcelain-covered steel squares placed over a steel frame. From 1948 to 1951, Lustron produced around 2,500 of the prefabricated structures, some of which (among other things) can still be seen in the Broad Ripple area. The one-story bungalows are offered in unique colors from “surf blue” to “corn yellow” and contain more metal than a P-51 Mustang fighter.
so much so that pictures do not have to be hung with nails but with magnets. If you ever get the chance to visit one, check out a factory-installed Automagic washing machine that can clean both clothes and dishes. Hopefully not at the same time.

Q: Is there any chance that one day we’ll see electric cars at Indianapolis Motor Speedway? A: Over the decades, the IMS has hosted everything from balloons to motorsCycles. So it’s no surprise that electric Cars are creeping in. For years, Purdue University has sponsored an electric go-kart race on the track in May. And the IMS could one day hold a stop on the Formula E racetrack, where electric racing cars can be used just as quickly as internal combustion engines. A key difference is that the Formula E cars are quieter. Pretty much the only sound comes from the gearbox, the tires on the asphalt, and the wind flowing over the cars. What worries The Hoosierist is that Purdue is also experimenting with driverless racing cars at the IMS. Why should anyone take part when there’s a lot less noise, no thrill of life or death, and no drivers? It sounds so stimulating like watching your kids play Mario Kart.

Q: People are over professional sports teams with controversial names in their arms. Are there any problematic Hoosier High School mascots?
A: Most of Indiana’s 410 high schools advertise fairly common mascots, from scary animals (bulldogs, bears, eels) to Spartans, Trojans, and knights. But about a dozen decided back then when men were men and cultural sensitivity was not yet a “thing” to call their sports teams Indians or Braves. And some went even further into problematic territory with the election of Redskins. Knox Community High School, for example, seems to lean into hers Nickname. A generic Indian is plastered on the school signs, and the street in front of the school is called respect and reconciliation way. Was just a joke! It’s called the Redskin Trail.