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May 17, 2007


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Being from the Indianapolis of 1961 to 1979, I always liked that era's nickname, "Crossroads of America". This referred to Indy's spot as a hub in the interstate highway system. My Cub Scout Troop was in the Crossroads of America Council. The "roads" element even tipped a small hat to motor sports, the city's only claim to international fame.

Of course, the nickname that stuck was the one the truckers gave it back in the "Convoy" days - Naptown. Appropriate (sleepy), short, linguistically-based (from the heavily-stressed fourth sylable), memorialized by the great FM rock station WNAP.

Now there's a great women's roller derby team, called the Naptown Roller Girls. I bought my wife a shirt.


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