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Welcome to the GoTo place for keeping up with Larry "The CanMan" Van Ness!!!
The first thing you'll get to when scrolling down is a kind of introduction that will also give you a flavor (pun intended) of Anderson.
After that, you will get to some basic information that will help you keep up with Larry the lovable local livewire and his mission.
At the time I'm writing this shout-out (I'm finishing it up on the night of Monday, October 5, 2020 but have been working on it since Sunday afternoon between doing a whole lot of other things), this video of Larry that was posted on December 17, 2017 (two months before he turned 71) after being filmed in November by Jenna R. Watson (without the middle initial, which I've included in the hyperlink since she's using it now) of IndyStar has been uniquely-viewed 3,950 times; has 21 comments, 93 thumbs-up, and (UGH!!! No more of those, please!!!) one thumbs-down.
Below this introductory section, find a copy-and-paste of the comment (#20) I left there early on Sunday morning.
As my comment included a lot of helpful links when it came to shouting out Larry, I decided to make it part of this shout-out. This will come in very handy for sharing Larry in a number of places. I hope you'll feel free to share the URL to this shout-out to make Larry go more and more viral.
One more little tidbit...
In the one place where Larry is shown getting tabs from a lady in a restaurant kitchen who pours them out of a decorated, cylinder-shaped can, there is a little bit of me in that video, as I was the one who made the container. It was originally a Pringle's Chip Can (Sour Cream & Onion Flavor, if I remember correctly) that I'd decorated with one of my adult coloring sheets that I'd worked on while sitting in Anderson's Steak 'n' Shake during the night when I was still living in Muncie but coming over to Anderson to visit.
"What Did I Do When The Buses Stopped Running?"
At the time, the name of the restaurant was Hungryman's Friend Cafe, and it specialized in reasonably-priced home-cookin'.
Sadly, the family who owned and operated it had to leave the state due to being needed to care for family over 1000 miles away.
The ladies in the kitchen are the woman who owned the place and her daughter.
When they closed, they gave the container back to me, and I have it in storage now.
After that, this sweet lady gave the location a try as Little Red's Cafe & Bakery, which she had named in memory of her dad whose nickname had been Little Red.
If you scroll down her Timeline, you can still find pictures of the Mayor 's ribbon-cutting ceremony and the occasion of the soft-opening (photo for the latter was taken by somebody from Madison County Chamber ).
Even though this place was a popular place to go, it ended up closing after six months due to problems with the building that the owner couldn't afford to repair. This was written about in this article that appeared in The Herald Bulletin .
Heaven's Delight Bakery & Cafe was toying around with opening a second location in the spot, but decided that their one location in Edgewood was enough. Go Here to learn more about their history and their special mission. You can also Go Here to learn more about their partnerships.
Anyway, that space was then taken over by BYOB Build Your Own Burrito , and it looks as if this unique place is here to stay.
Taking a little side-trip in another direction (as in the west side of Madison Avenue before you get to 38th Street)...keep an eye on what's developing at Shakes Anderson ...
Now -- without further ado -- scroll down and get to know Larry "The CanMan" Van Ness better. You won't be sorry!!!
Ainsley Jo Phillips
34 minutes ago (edited)
Today is Sunday, October 4, 2020.
In 20 more days (October 24, 2020), it will be seven years since Larry & I became friends.
At this time, he's counting towards his 23,000,000th tab, and I'm not the only one who thinks he deserves to be recognized by Guinness World Records.
Every tab he counts -- one by one -- is tested with a magnet to make sure that it's aluminum.
Due to the closing of the branch of the bank where tabs were once mailed to him, he now has a change-of-address.
If you want to mail tabs to him now -- and make sure that you use enough postage if you want to be sure that he gets them -- here is where to send them:
Larry Van Ness
c/o Old National Bank
219 South Scatterfield Road
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I'm working on a number of projects at this time, so please be patient with my pokiness...