Thought Bites: The legacy of Andy Jacobs Jr.

Andy Jacobs, at home in November 2011, signs his book "1600 Killers" for the "barefoot vet" Ron Zaleski, in town to raise awareness about veterans' suicide. (Photo by Rebecca Townsend)

Editor's Note: With sad hearts we report that former Congressman Andy Jacobs Jr. died on Dec. 28. In the coming weeks we will memorialize him properly. For now, just looking at his last Thought Bite, we realize that in so few words it says so much about the man. We miss you already, Andy. You were a great Hoosier, the embodiment of selfless service. Thank you for the legacy you left us. Rest in peace.

Retired Congressman Andy Jacobs, D-Ind., who served from 1965-1997 (with a two-year hiatus), challenged Hoosiers with his weekly mental joyride, a thought bite, from 2003 until his death.

NUVO is reworking its archive of Jacobs' material and will link all updates to the memorial page established by Jacobs' sons, Andy Junior Jr. and Steven.

Thought Bites

by Andy Jacobs Jr.

Week of Dec. 18, 2013

If there's one thing I hate, it's hate.

Week of Dec. 11, 2013

Alimony: the cost of leaving.

Week of Dec. 4, 2013

You can lead a voter to the polls, but you can't make him think.

Week of Nov. 27, 2013

General Motors logo GMAC means, Get me a Caddy.

Week of Nov. 20, 2013

If nothing succeeds like success, nothing fails like failure.

Week of Nov. 13, 2013

Instant gratification takes too long.

Week of Nov. 6, 2013

I'm not Kim Hood's husband; I'm her has-been.

Week of October 30, 2013

If you are kicked out of your club, are you dismembered?

Week of October 23, 2013

What to call the strange people who furiously strained to tear down this land we love: tea and no sympathy.

Week of October 16, 2013

If it isn't one thing, it probably will be.

Week of October 9, 2013

Vatican Rule Against Condoms: Rubber Banned

Week of October 2, 2013

Who littered these words with wrong sounds? It's "mathematics," not "math-a-matics"; "Roosevelt," not "Rose-a-velt" (don't use the "e" twice); "Washington, not "Worshington."

Week of September 25, 2013

Getting a tooth filling is religious. "And exchange it one day for a crown."

Week of September 18, 2013

Syria: Here-we-go-again history

Week of September 11, 2013

All it takes to make a good song writer is a better memory than anyone else's. (OK, Maybe that applies to Thought Bite writers, too.)

Week of September 4, 2013

Faults are things that describe your friends and disqualify your adversaries.

Week of August 28, 2013

They call it, "Disclosing Classified Information." The accurate name for the crime is, "Telling The Truth About Government Lies."

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Week of August 21, 2013

The Lord is my shepherd and I don't know why.

Week of August 14, 2013

Our state government has decided our American government is un-American. I have my doubts.

Week of August 7, 2013

Indiana can be proud of Congressman André Carson who voted against punishing Snowden for exposing government snow job that put our military at unnecessary risk.

Week of July 31, 2013

Cable movies say "mild violence." How can it be both?

Week of July 24, 2013

His face was flushed; his broad shoulders saved him.

Week of July 17, 2013

After all is said and done, more is said than done.

Week of July 10, 2013

I blame myself for not blaming you sooner.

Week of July 3, 2013

The stuff government employees "classify" and punish people for revealing is usually wrong stuff they ought not be doing in the first place - like sneak an illegal attack against Iraq, killing 4,200 American kids.

Week of June 26, 2013

Why are there more horses asses than horses?

Week of June 19, 2013

A teacher is one who makes little things count.

Week of June 12, 2013

Straight Arrow actress Geena Davis is a strong advocate for gender equality among child actors and actresses. Being the original advocate for girl pages in the U.S. House of Representatives, I sense a kinship.

Week of June 5, 2013

Anthony Weiner has decided to zip-up and run for mayor. One problem: his Achilles crotch.

Week of May 29, 2013

The mean people in Congress who have taken shots at the president have missed - and hit themselves.

Week of May 22, 2013

Former Governor Otis Bowen has passed beyond the sound of our voices. He was talented, three-way doctor: medical, spiritual and political. One more word for Doc: WONDERFUL.

Week of May 15, 2013

It just isn't fair to be checking the IRS activities of 501(c)4s just because they so often are collecting big bucks for right-wing political causes.

Week of May 8, 2013

Women: Can't think of a better sex to be opposite.

Week of May 1, 2013

Let's make Lincoln less sexist and more poetic: All people are created equal.

Week of April 24, 2013

The only reason lobbyist money given to members of Congress is not defined as bribery is because Congress defines bribery.

Week of April 17, 2013

Standing tall is not really a matter of physical posture.

Week of April 10, 2013

Spring has pretty much arrived and Spring has arrived much pretty.

Week of April 3, 2013

The new Pope, being Lincoln-like thin, could become The Grace Emancipator, freeing the Vatican slaves: woman, gays, priests snarled by pointless, silly celibacy, and people who, no matter how outrageous the spouse, are denied the deliverance of divorce.

Week of March 27, 2013

Pope-elect cooks his own meals and rides city bus to office. Meals on wheels?

Week of March 20, 2013

A penny saved is a penny earned - tax free.

Week of March 13, 2013

Nothing more sincere than paranoia.

Week of March 6, 2013

If all else fails, try the truth.

Week of February 27, 2013

BMW has been fueled for decades by water. Hydrogen: clean, cheap. The Energy Dept. (still owned lock, stock and barrel by oil) continues to push polluting carbon. I'd be nice if it would work for us.

Week of February 20, 2013

Vatican TV Reporter in front of large cathedral: "This is where the pope will spend his last years." So much for life everlasting.

Week of February 13, 2013

War is the failure of diplomacy.

Week of February 6, 2013

How to make cigarette cheap: Don't buy them.

Week of January 30, 2013

Obama announces radical departure from normal U.S. foreign policy: Skip unnecessary military action in other people's countries.

Week of January 23, 2013

Speaker John Boehner specializes in pulling boners.

Week of January 16, 2013

Now the election is over, let's raise a glass. I'll kiss your elephant, you kiss my ... donkey.

Week of January 9, 2013

I'm something of a believer, but was never born again. Saved my mother a lot of pain.

Week of January 9, 2013

I'm something of a believer, but I was never born again. Saved my mom a lot of pain.

Week of January 2, 2013

Three cheers for pharmaceutical ads, which give you more reasons not to buy their products than to buy.


Three cheers for pharmaceutical ads, which give you more reasons not to buy their products than to buy.

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