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Erik Deckers
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Karl the Curmudgeon Says Pluto's a Planet
"Kid, let me ask you a question," my friend, Karl, said one day. "Your answer could have a major impact on our relationship." This sounds serious, I said. What is it? Karl searched my eyes for a second, took a deep breath, and said, "What do you think about...
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On The Trail of Fred the White Goat of Vevay, Indiana
This post originally appeared on the VisitIndiana.com website on August 26, 2014. However, after I left the department , my name was removed from the roster of authors (I don't blame them), so it doesn't show up under my name anymore. I wanted to repost it ...
This post originally appeared on the VisitIndiana.com website on August 26, 2014. However, after I left the department, my name was removed from the roster of authors (I don't blame them), so it doesn't show up under my name ...
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Town Slogans Offer Insights Into Their History
Cultural reprobate and filmmaker John Waters ("Hairspray," "Cry-Baby") said that a motto is a success if he can't think of a nasty twist on it. Which means his hometown's new slogan "Baltimore: Birthplace of The Star-Spangled Banner" may be a winner. It's s...
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One solution to the bicyclists problem is walking sticks. . .
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I've been to pretty much all the oldest bars in NYC. I like Pete's and McSorley's along with Old Town and PJ Clarke's
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I'm Misunderstood In Several Languages
We have a weird accent in the Midwest. That is, we sound weird to other people in this country because of the way we talk. "You don't sound like anything," my Southern friends tell me. "You sound like a TV newscaster." We Midwesterners have that non-accent ...
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A Graduation Speech to 8th Graders
This time each year, I like to write a Graduation Speech I'll Never Give. This time, it's to all the 8th graders who are "graduating" and moving up to high school in the fall. Thank you, Principal Harbinger, parents, and "graduates." I say "graduates" with ...
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Fred the White Goat of Vevay, Indiana
Not since Charlotte the spider wrote "SOME PIG" about her friend, Wilbur, has such a fuss been made about one farm animal. But in the town of Vevay, Indiana, Fred the white goat was a town favorite. Vevay (pronounced VEE-vee; you will be corrected) is nestl...
Not since Charlotte the spider wrote "SOME PIG" about her friend, Wilbur, has such a fuss been made about one farm animal. But in the town of Vevay, Indiana, Fred the white goat was a town favorite. Vevay (pronounced VEE-vee;...
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We're the Rodney Dangerfields of Comedy
Erik is out of the office this week, but he's doing a humor reading this coming Friday, so we're reprinting a 2004 column about humor writing. I'm often asked what it's like to be a humor writer. Humor writing is simple. So simple, in fact, that — er, I mea...
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Meh, OED Adds 500 New Words
It really must be my birthday. I mean, it is — I turned 48 last Saturday. Or as I'm now calling it "nearly f---ing fifty." In fact, that's going to be my response when people ask my age: nearly f---ing fifty. I just hope no one asks me at church. But for my...
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Karl the Curmudgeon Is Sick Of Your Crap
"When did people become so self-centered, Kid?" Karl asked me. Is this a trick question, Karl? Am I supposed to say 'The Garden of Eden' or something? "No, I mean when did people start thinking their opinion mattered?" I stared at Karl. This was pretty brut...
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The Fever Set a Guinness World Record, Fall Short Against Minnesota
My family and I are now part of a Guinness World Record. Last Saturday, we were able to attend the Indiana Fever's home opener against the Minnesota Lynx, in a rematch of the 2013 WNBA finals where the Fever wanted to set a world record by having the most g...
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Looking Beyond 2015 with the Indiana Fever
Stephanie White may be nervous, but it doesn't show. She's been preparing to take over as a WNBA head coach for the last several years. And she's been thinking about the mark she's going to leave on the game, especially with her former teammate and now star...
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Professional blogger, public speaker, book author, travel writer
Skills
Writing, Public Speaking, Blogging, Social Media Marketing
Employment
  • Professional Blog Service
    President, 2009 - present
  • Indiana Office of Tourism Development
    Travel Writer, 2009 - 2012
  • VisionDirect
    Director of Sales and Marketing, 2007 - 2008
  • Indiana State Department of Health
    Risk Communication Director, 2006 - 2007
  • GW Micro
    Director of Sales and Marketing, 2004 - 2005
  • WE International, Inc.
    Director of Marketing, 1994 - 2004
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Currently
Indianapolis, IN
Previously
Muncie, IN - Syracuse, IN - Normal, IL - McCordsville, IN - Noblesville, IN - Indianapolis, IN
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Tagline
Professional blogger, public speaker, book author, humor writer
Introduction
Owner of Pro Blog Service, professional speaker, 19-year newspaper humor columnist, and book author. Co-authored "Branding Yourself," "No Bullshit Social Media," and "The Owned Media Doctrine." Helped write "Twitter Marketing for Dummies." I like penguins.
Bragging rights
Co-author of 4 books on social media, 19 year newspaper humor columnist
Education
  • Ball State University
    Philosophy, 1985 - 1989
  • Ball State University
    College Student Personnel Administration (M.A.), 1989 - 1990
  • Ball State University
    Speech Communication (M.A.), 1992 - 1993
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It never fails when we come here: someone's silverware is never clean, the tables feel like they haven't been wiped down properly, and this time, my lunch was cold.
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Good Chicago dog, but I wasn't wild about the slaw on the Carolina dog. It may be to some people's taste, it just didn't suit me. Good dogs though!
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Outstanding pastries; I only wish their coffee didn't come from a Nescafe machine. Still, it's better than some coffee shops that over roast their beans.
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Good coffee, nice atmosphere. Very quiet on a Friday night. Seems like a cool place to hang out and write, if you're into that sort of thing.
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