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September 11, 2013

RAY MOSCOWITZ: He hangs tough with Alice and Will

Death knocked, he didn't answer -- twice.

(Continued)

When the Tallacksons moved to Michigan City, Alice was hired by Purdue North Central in Westville to supervise student teachers. She now teaches second grade in the LaPorte Community School Corp.

Since moving to Michigan City, Tallackson has made a religious conversion.

“Alice grew up in a Protestant home, me in a Jewish home,” he says when asked about his transformation. “I can’t put my finger on it, but growing up, I never clicked with Judaism. Had nothing against it, was never embarrassed or ashamed of being Jewish.

“When problems with Crohn’s disease began presenting considerable threats to my well-being, I found strength through Christianity and was baptized in November 2003.”

He needed strength again a year later, when Alice suffered a miscarriage.

“We were convinced that we would never have children, especially because we were getting older,” Tallackson says.

But on Oct. 2, 2006, William "Will" DeVere Tallackson was born.

He’s an exceptionally bright 6-year-old whose sometimes bawdy comments on Tallackson’s Facebook page have created a cult following.

So what’s the future hold?

“I honestly thought after last year I would never work again,” Tallackson says. "The disease repeatedly kept rearing its ugly head.”

But after his latest surgeries he feels great, he says.

He was one of four producers on "Swan Song," an independent film shot this summer in Indiana and Michigan by Oscar-nominated John Hancock.

Tallackson has also returned to the newspaper business as editor of The Beacher, a weekly in Michigan City.

“I’m going to take each day as a blessing and go from there,” he says.

Amen to that.

Ray Moscowitz of Bloomington is a retired newspaper executive and former publisher of the Peru Tribune. Contact him at r.mosco@comcast.net.

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