We traveled west to Edgerton, Ohio (pop. 1,000) where I interviewed Ruth Kimpel. In 1943, Mrs. Kimpel started working for the Edgerton Earth newspaper as a reporter. She said how she would often “gather the news,” was she would head out on her bicycle and knock on doors at random througout the town, asking: “Did you go to a particularly interesting place over the weekend? Or is there a new baby in the house? ” Ah, for those ‘good news’ days again… While in Edgerton, I also interviewed one of Ruth’s relatives, Denver Kimpel. He owns a used car lot in nearby Auburn, Indiana. His business doesn’t have a phone, or a fax, or a computer… and all the business is generated by word of mouth. He’s been open 32 years and said family generations come to him again and again, partly: because of his honesty. He said besides displaying the price on the car’s window — he also writes what’s wrong with it ! I told the Edgerton Earth newspaper that wouldn’t it be refreshing if during this year’s World Series a player slid into second and was tagged out before he hit the bag. The umpire, however, misses it and calls him “safe.” Then… the runner walks off the bag and up to the umpire, saying: “Actually ump, I’m out.” Note: When did we stop being that honest anyway?