“I was heavily involved in writing and editing at the Indiana Daily Student,” he says. I had nightly screenings for film classes two to three times a week.”
After he was graduated, he decided to seek a newspaper job.
“I was accepted to USC for undergraduate and graduate studies, but never went,” he said. “Too expensive. Back then, it was $20,000 a year. So, I figured, get the experience now in journalism, and maybe an entertainment writing position would open.”
The position the Peru Tribune offered him wasn’t for covering entertainment — that would come later at the Tribune’s sister paper in Michigan City, The News-Dispatch, in 1997 — but Peru was a start.
As the Internet was blossoming, so was Tallackson. I had taken on added duties as Tribune publisher and decided to create a key position for news online. I knew Jeff Ward, who had become managing editor, had an excellent mind for the job. I made Tallackson managing editor. The duo worked well together.
I eventually returned to being editorial director full-time, Ward left Peru for the Muncie Star-Press, where he now oversees the opinion page, and Tallackson moved to Michigan City.
But not before he met Alice Marie Hoffman.
“I had about given up hope of meeting someone,” he recalls. “A co-worker tried to fix me up with a woman. She said, ‘She isn’t too smart, but she makes great fried chicken.’”
A mutual friend introduced Alice and Drew to each other. He recalls, “I thought Alice was the most beautiful woman I’d ever met. … She quoted a line from ‘Airplane,’ my favorite movie, and I knew then and there I would marry her.”
Alice, who was raised in Flora, was teaching at the former Lincoln Elementary School. She had earned an undergraduate degree in elementary education from Purdue and a master’s at Indiana University Kokomo.