In the Undeniably Indiana book, published for the state’s 200th anniversary, there is an article about the filming of “A League of Their Own” in Evansville, and the anger and hurt feelings over what Madonna [not the one who works the produce section in the South Walnut St. Kroger’s] uncharitably said about Eville following her 3 month stay there for filming.
Actually, Helen and I know that she had a pretty good time there, because several years ago we spent a week at spring training with the Cincinnati Reds, and Karen and Jack Kunkel were there, too. [Helen was there to give instructions to the baseball announcers and commentators. They didn’t know it, but…]
Karen and Jack knew Madonna well, for Karen was the technical advisor on A League of Their Own, having played in the All-American Girls Baseball League, and Jack was Madonna’s body guard, being a military veteran and a retired administrator at N. MI U, and you know how tough those college administrators are.
Anyway, Madonna got bored one night and said to Jack, “Let’s go dancing.”
“We can’t go dancing. Everyone will recognize you, and you’ll be mobbed, and…”
“No, let’s go. I’ll show you where. Just drive around. I’ll know it when I see it.”
So they drove around town until Madonna told Jack to stop at a particular bar. It was a gay bar. Everyone there recognized her, and danced with her, but took it in stride. She was just a movie star. Nobody was interested in being romantic with her.
The next night she said, “Let’s go again.”
“We can’t. The word will be out. Everyone will be there.”
“Yes, and we’ll enjoy the show.”
So they sat at the restaurant across the street where they could watch the chaos when most of Evansville showed up at a gay bar without knowing what they were doing.
I think Madonna said bad things about Evansville after the fact so she wouldn’t feel so bad about not getting to live there all the time.
John Robert McFarland
“It’s so crowded, nobody goes there anymore.” Yogi Berra