Bonnie Britton news

Dateline: Wed 27 Jun 2012

Most who read this blog, at least those who worked at the Indianapolis Star and/or News, know by now that Bonnie Britton, former features writer, movie reviewer and always an antique collector and cat-lover extraordinaire, suffered a stroke this month. She was at work, at a casino in Shelbyville; I guess the good news is that she was not home alone, and she got medical attention quickly.

There are a couple ways to track her progress. First is the link below, a Caring Bridge page created by Judy Wolf, a former copy editor at the Star.

Second, check Facebook's Great Hoosier Daily, which informs on all things Indy newspaper related, at least as it relates to people and memories. (The Great Hoosier Daily was a moniker for the late but great Indianapolis News).

Rita Rose, an editor, writer and colleague of Bonnie's in features when both worked at the Star, is among those who visits Bonnie regularly at St. Francis South. She posts information from Bonnie's sister-in-law Sharon (a nurse) on FB and the Caring Bridge. A couple of recent entries note that Bonnie has good days, where she reacts to people, and off days. Right now she is fighting a urinary tract infection and she was "a little awake" when Rita visited Tuesday.

The next step in this long process is to get her moved to a rehab facility, probably Kindred in Greenwood.

For now, if you want to send Bonnie a card or a note -- all of which are read to her and are important in terms of her recovery -- the address is: Bonnie Britton, St, Francis South, Room T310, 81111 S. Emerson Ave, Indianapolis, 46237.

The response to these kinds of things -- a disaster befalling an old friend -- always serves to remind what hearts of gold newspaper people have. We may not have always been able to do the math, but the big stuff, we mostly got it right.




Ms. Cynical [unverified] said:

Thanks for the update, Ruth!

Can't ever forget the friends I made at The Star....

2012-06-28 11:53:09

Tell The Truth [Member] said:

What a kind, brilliant person.

Prayers her way.

2012-06-28 20:38:02

hendy [Member] said:

Sad news. An era is passing in more than one vector......

2012-06-28 21:16:49

Whitebeard [unverified] said:

I don't know Bonnie, but I remember her work in The Star. Bless her heart! I will keep her in my prayers.

2012-06-28 21:36:14

Ms. Cynical [unverified] said:

Dunno what Caring Bridge is, but I sure couldn't figure out how to leave a comment.

Can anyone who's done it outline the procedure?

2012-06-29 01:38:10

George Stuteville [unverified] said:

Like many of my colleagues, I have been sending Bonnie good thoughts and prayers. The good thoughts are many as I recall her acid wit in the hallways at The Star, her incisive reviews, her clear writing. What I appreciate is how she always held a couple of country or off-beat jazz albums for me to review. They paid us $40 for a review in those days and I took on what I could to pad out those paltry pay checks. God, I hope she recovers!

Ms. Cynical, I think I know who you are, but I am not sure since so many refugees from The Star could easily go by such a nome de plume.

2012-06-29 08:32:25

Joe Stuteville [unverified] said:

Ruth, actually the address is 8111 S. Emerson Ave.

2012-06-29 08:54:00

Dawn Fable [unverified] said:

Thanks for the info, Ruth! Dave and I visited today, and when she awoke, her eyes were kind of half open, but then Dave traded places with me and started talking to her about movies and such, her eyes were wide open, and she seemed very focused on him. Hard to know for sure, but I really thought she was focused. Hard to be with her and not hear her laugh and joke and tell! Hope she will be able to soon - I am sure she will need us all during the long recovery process.

2012-06-30 20:35:56

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