Thursday, December 4, 2008

Nice Things About Mickey Maurer

Posted by Jeff Lipshaw

Bill Henderson and others have reported on Mickey Maurer's $35 million naming gift to the eponymous Maurer School of Law at IU-Bloomington.

I taught a class on Entrepreneurship and the Law at the IU School of Law - Indianapolis while I was still the general counsel at Great Lakes Chemical (spring 2005).  I cold-called Mickey Maurer (we had several mutual friends but had never met each other), then the director of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (appointed by the then new Governor Mitch Daniels), and asked him if he would be willing to talk to my eight-person class for a couple hours about what it was like to be an entrepreneur.

He got back to me with a "that sounds like fun," showed up at the appointed hour, spoke to the students about his experience starting up the Bank of Indianapolis, and took questions with all of the energy and down-to-earth good sense and enthusiasm for which he is beloved in Indianapolis.

He is also a crossword constructor, and has contributed puzzles to Will Shortz that have been published in the New York Times, including one that is in Shortz's book of best ever NYT puzzles.

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