The Journal Gazette
Sunday, January 27, 2019 1:00 am

Holcomb wears primary slogan in pinstripes

NIKI KELLY and BRIAN FRANCISCO | The Journal Gazette

Is there anything more Next Level than the suit Gov. Eric Holcomb recently wore to the State of the Judiciary address?

The words “Next Level Indiana” run vertically on the suit to create the pin stripes. Next Level is Holcomb's primary slogan.

The suit was made by Jordan Yocum, who works for the suitmaker Tom James. The governor met Yocum through a friend. And when Holcomb learned that pinstripe words could be placed on suits, he decided he had to get one.

“Every day I'm working to take Indiana to the Next Level, and these subtle ways of promotion prove how proud I am of Indiana,” he said. “I never point it out, but love the reaction when people lean in to read what the suit says. They never forget it no matter what state or country I'm in.”

He has another suit in which the inner liner is blue with Indiana in gold alongside the state torch.

Peters receives props

Allen County Commissioner Nelson Peters has been named the 2019 recipient of the Purdue University Fort Wayne Keith E. Busse Distinguished Alumni Award.

Peters was honored along with the other alumni award winners during the university's homecoming celebration Saturday. He was chosen by the Mastodon Alumni Association Board of Directors, which votes on the alumni award winners each year during homecoming.

“I am honored to be the recipient of the 2019 Keith E. Busse Distinguished Alumni Award at PFW,” Peters said. “This university means so much to this region's advancement over the last 10 years and will continue to play an integral part in its growth for the next 10 years and beyond. To that end, I will continue to work and advocate for the programs that PFW provides as a tier one institution for higher education.”

The award is named in honor of Busse, a Fort Wayne native who earned his MBA from IPFW in 1978 and later co-founded Steel Dynamics. It is given to alumni who exhibit the qualities and achievements modeled by Busse: achievement in a profession, distinction in public service, and extraordinary service to Fort Wayne and to PFW.

State of the City speech Feb. 13 at Grand Wayne

Mayor Tom Henry will deliver his State of the City address Feb. 13 at Grand Wayne Center.

Henry plans to highlight 2018 successes and point to plans for 2019. The theme of this year's speech is “Our Future is Now.”

The speech, which will begin at noon, is free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to arrive by 11:45 a.m.

Betting on Trump

Gambling on next Sunday's Super Bowl will include several proposition bets related to President Donald Trump.

BetDSI Sportsbook has announced odds for various Trump scenarios, including whether he will attend the NFL title game, participate in a pregame interview on CBS, tweet during the contest or congratulate the winning team on Twitter before midnight.

Bettors can put money on whether the yardage of the game's longest field goal is greater than Trump's approval rating according to daily polling by Rasmussen Reports. Trump was at 45 percent approval Friday.

There's also a wager available on whether Trump's last name will be spoken during a TV commercial.

Dave Gong of The Journal Gazette contributed to this column.

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