retired troopers personal hobby
a big part of Clines
Madison Came Running site
(June 2006) Bob Cline can be described as
nothing less than an extraordinary giver to society. He has contributed
many worthwhile accomplishments, along with participating in various
events throughout the years, from his stint in the military to his longtime
service as an Indiana state trooper.
by Michella Marino
Cline, a.k.a. Roger Bean,
poses at home with his
Madison Came Running computer.
The Madison, Ind., resident happens to be only one of
two men ever to serve each rank from trooper to full colonel in the
Indiana State Police. He joined the U.S. Army during World War II at
the young age of 17 and attended Radio Operators School. He completed
degrees from Indiana University and also the prestigious FBI Academy.
Cline met and shook hands with President Richard Nixon and FBI director
J. Edgar Hoover. He was once in charge of the traffic control for the
Indianapolis 500 and managed to clean up the rowdy Snake Pit
there. Cline even saved the life of the former University of Louisville
basketball coach John Dromo, who was involved in a serious car accident.
This is simply a glimpse into the contributions Cline has made and opportunities
hes received, but he is not yet done giving back to the community,
despite suffering a recent heart attack this past spring. He had a stint
inserted in his heart, and after a few days of recovery he was right
back up and busy again.
Cline and his wife, Rita, of 58 years are originally from Osgood, Ind.,
and New Marion, Ind., respectively, but were married in 1948 at a Methodist
Church in Madison. After Cline joined the ISP, the couple moved to different
parts of the state due to his police work, eventually settling in Richmond.
The couple had always intended to retire in Madison, which they did
in 1990. But just because Cline has retired from the ISP doesnt
mean hes slowing down.
I wanted to do something else other than shuffleboard, like some
old folks do, said Cline, 80.
Clines stuck to his word, and five years ago he created the popular
local website www.MadisonCameRunning.com. It is his personal contribution
to downtown Madison, he said.
Cline returned to school yet again during his retirement but this time
to study computers at Ivy Tech Community College. He took a semester-long
class on how to write web pages and properly use html language.
Although Cline received proper education in html and web pages, he said,
Trial and error is about as good as any.
However, Clines daughter, Amanda Ferris, believes that the fact
her father never stops learning and is an eternal student makes him
exceptional. He has a desire to learn and to share that learning
younger Bob Cline is pictured in 1948 as a
State Police trooper.
The Madison Came Running website is named after the famous
movie, Some Came Running, which was was filmed in Madison
in 1958 and starred actors Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Shirley MacLaine.
Cline loves the movie and decided it would make a neat name for his
new web page, thus, Madison Came Running was born.
According to Clines website, Madison Came Running is the
Internet pictorial of downtown Madison, Indiana. His page features
the downtown and the riverfront, plus people, places and things connected
to this City Beneath The Hills on the Ohio River in Southern
Cline gives good press to what he considers the four most important
landmarks in downtown Madison: Lanier Mansion State Historic Site, Broadway
Fountain, Hanging Rock Hill, and the Ohio River Bridge connecting Madison
with Milton, Ky. Of course, he also promotes the other historic sites
downtown, especially many of the old homes.
A house I really like to photograph, he says, is the
home on Third and Elm. It changes character with the seasons.
Cline also provides many pictures of the riverboats, such as the Delta
Queen and Mississippi Queen, along with their schedules.
He does not leave out the people of his favorite town, either. Cline
often includes features on Madisonians who have or who are doing exceptional
things within or for the local community. One feature hes currently
concentrating on is that of Cody Mahoney, a young local stock car racer.
He also provides links to peoples personal Madison web pages,
such as that of Vicki Fewell, who features photographs of Madison, the
Regatta Unlimited hydroplanes and information on the movie Madison.
The Madison Regatta and the Miss Madison Unlimited boat also hold a
special spot on Madison Came Running. Cline witnessed that fateful Regatta
when the Miss Madison hydroplane won in 1971, and since then hes
had a soft spot in my heart for ole Miss Madison.
So Cline often features photos of the Miss Madison boat, the Regatta
and its people. Joe Johnson, chairman of the Regattas vintage
boats program, has known Cline for more than five years. Johnson said
he appreciates all the coverage Cline provides for the Regatta and believes
him to be one of the best guys who does this type of thing.
Johnson continued, He gives nothing but the truth and is always
factual. He helps this community out. I respect anything he does. Bob
Clines sincere in what he does and he does it well.
Since Cline really thinks a lot of Madison especially the
downtown area, he promotes it every chance he gets. He doesnt
cover anything on the hilltop. His website includes links to downtown
restaurants, an event calendar and Main Street businesses, to name a
few. Hes also constantly updating his site with the goal of changing
at least one thing daily.
The masts on the sides of the webpage are more or less permanent, but
Clines always adding new pictures and stories to the main page.
Madison Came Running is also a non-profit website, so all the advertisements
Rita Cline also helps her husband with the website. Neither of them
leaves the house without a camera, and, Cline said, She picks
out nice shots.
Ferris said she offers tips and hints now and again, but that its
been her fathers baby since the beginning: Im really
proud of him. Hes captured the essence of downtown.
Visit Bob Clines photo-based Internet
website at: www.MadisonCameRunning.com.
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