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This Creative Project is dedicated to my father, Lawrence Reuben, and my mother, Candice Reuben. May their memories be a blessing.

– Emily Reuben



I want to express my gratitude to the three members of my Graduate Committee. This creative project was only possible with careful mentoring from Professor Christopher Flook. Due to his expertise in documentary film and motion graphics, I developed a deeper understanding and appreciation of the production process. Additionally, the helpful insight of Dr. Maria Williams-Hawkins and Dr. Wendy Soltz pointed me to crucial resources, offered me valuable feedback, and critically assisted in my methodology. I also want to thank my professor, Dr. Joe Misiewicz, whose encouragement first showed that this topic was worth pursuing.

Due to the scope of this project, I was able to complete the documentary portion with the talents of my dedicated production crew. I want to thank my fiancé, Jeremy Rogers, a Ball State alumnus, who served as my Assistant Director, assistant researcher, assistant audio editor, and final color corrector during post-production. Jeremy also assisted in shooting all my video interviews, serving as a second camera operator and monitoring audio if we were the only two on set. His aid allowed me to focus solely on my interview subject, except for checking the primary camera. His experience as a copy-editor was paramount to this project’s success.

My cohort member Sam Wilderman served as a second camera operator during many video interviews. I relied heavily on his feedback during this project and am incredibly grateful for his careful eye for detail and willingness to jump onto any shoot. Additionally, Sam is a brilliant animator and was willing to teach me how to utilize more complicated tools in After Effects during tutoring sessions. I also tagged Sam to check the final audio mix and make a few corrections before sending the documentary film to my Graduate Committee. He is a patient teacher and a great camera person who I relied on multiple times during this project.

When planning my documentary film and website, I knew I would require the skills of an illustrator. For this task, I hired Ball State alumnus Leigh Wanzer-Moreno, my close friend working as a videographer and artist. Leigh and I worked on a basic outline of the illustrations, his purpose in the project, and the artistic style the images would convey. Leigh’s turnaround was swift, and any edits needed were made extremely fast. Leigh also tagged along as a videographer during my first interview with Edward DeLaney and assisted with finding a fitting soundtrack for the documentary. I also relied on Leigh’s professional insight regarding feedback for the documentary’s final cut and what should be removed for better pacing. Leigh’s incredible work on this project cannot be overstated.

I want to thank Dr. Sally Finkel and Edgar Shelton, who generously volunteered to proofread this academic paper. I also thank Daley Wilhelm and Matthew Yapp, who agreed to proofread my website before submission. I am incredibly grateful for these four individuals’ editorial oversight.

Given that this creative project deals with historical and archival legal files, I relied on the insight of various professionals regarding proper usage and ethical considerations. I would like to thank David Lurvey, Dom Caristi, Don Lundberg, Marti Starkey, and Sally Zweig for their guidance and friendly words of encouragement.

My dear friend Lori Moss has been an exceptional help throughout this project. She is an inspiration to the Indianapolis Jewish Community and has remained a longtime friend of the Reuben family. With her assistance, I was in contact with some truly incredible individuals, including Lindsey Mintz, the Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council. Lindsey allowed me to shoot my interview with Ed DeLaney at the Center for Jewish Engagement and Learning in Indianapolis. I am extremely grateful to Lori, Lindsey, and the staff at the CJE for their assistance with this project. Lori also introduced me to the Grant family, who allowed me to record voiceover of their sons for this project. I am so glad to have met the Grant family and to have had the opportunity to have worked with their two sons Jonah and Sam. Similarly, my friend Adam Reddigari allowed me to record reading lines for this project on short notice, for which I am untiringly thankful.

I had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing Michael Brown, the Executive Director of the Indiana Jewish Historical Society. Michael gave me tremendous insight into Indiana’s Jewish history and has been an excellent source of support and encouragement.

A large portion of my documentary relied on audio voiceovers, which were recorded in the podcast room at Ball State University’s Unified Media Lab in the Department of Journalism. I want to thank my friend and journalism mentor Lisa Renze-Rhodes for giving me access to the recording booth and supporting me while I pursued this creative endeavor. I would also like to thank Ball State University’s Department of Media who fostered my academic and creative growth, ultimately giving me the skills necessary to conduct this project. Additionally, most of my production equipment was rented from Ball State University Media Services, whose staff patiently and efficiently assisted in scheduling and delivering my large rental requests. Ball State University Libraries served as a home base for the past two years, helping me order obscure books, images, and secure academic papers.

I am incredibly grateful to Ball State University Sponsored Projects Administration Aspire Internal Grants. With their support, I traveled to the CANDLES Holocaust Museum in Terre Haute and to Goodyear, Arizona to conduct two interviews for this project. Using this grant funding, I was also able to fund a portion of my website. My fantastic boss, Rachel Buckmaster, the Associate Director at the David Owsley Museum of Art, wrote me a heartfelt recommendation letter that helped me secure these grant funds. I am thankful for her exceptionally kind words and flexibility during my graduate assistantship as I worked on this project.

The documentary and website both heavily rely on archival images and footage, which was mostly secured with the assistance of a few key resources. Sara Stefani with the Indiana University Libraries was extremely accommodating in helping me obtain permission to utilize archival footage from Indiana University and a home movie from its copyright holder. Regan Steimel with The Indiana Historical Society was exceptional in helping me figure out the usage rights of images in the archives and what I would need to do to use them. These images were crucial to both my documentary film and website. My dear uncle, John Duquenne, also allowed me to utilize images he had taken for this project, for which he has my gratitude.

I want to acknowledge the Indianapolis Business Journal and Michael “Mickey” Maurer for allowing me to utilize one of Mickey’s articles about my father titled “Reuben didn’t forget when local club turned him away.” This piece is very personal to me, and I am honored to have had the opportunity to discuss it in person with Mr. Maurer. I hope to fully utilize it on my website in the future.

One of the individuals I reached out to regarding my work was Edward Fujawa, the President of the Butler Tarkington Neighborhood Association. I had asked Mr. Fujawa if I could post about my project on the Association’s Facebook page to collect archival images, to which Mr. Fujawa agreed. I want to thank him for his willingness to assist me with my work.

The Riviera Club is this project’s centerpiece, so I cannot fully express my gratitude for the club’s participation. I want to thank the Riviera’s P.R. professional Lindsay Haake who coordinated an interview with members of the Riviera Club’s staff and myself. I would also like to thank the Riviera Club’s General Manager Jimm Moody and Board of Directors member Barbara Fasbinder who offered their honest, personal insights about a complex topic.

Finally, I would like to thank my mother, Candice Reuben. Before her passing, she was my strongest advocate and helped me locate some of my father’s files. Her unwavering support was a constant inspiration to finish this project and share it with the world.

Additional Resources

APM Music

Bass Photo Co Collection, Indiana Historical Society; Indiana Historical Society, P0569; Indiana Historical Society, M1400 and Indiana Historical Society, M0349.

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B. Fasbinder (personal communication, November 19, 2021)

D. Kearns (personal communication, September 19, 2021)

D. Edward (personal communication, October 11, 2021)

E. Kobets (personal communication, March 6, 2022)

J. Moody (personal communication, November 19, 2021)

K. Holmes (personal communication, April 23, 2022)

L. Simpson (personal communication, March 11, 2022)

M. Brown (personal communication, November 3, 2019)

M. Maurer (personal communication, October 4, 2021)

S. Carr (personal communication, December 10, 2019)

S. Kobets (personal communication, March 6, 2022)

T. Kearns (personal communication, September 19, 2021)

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