Hoosier Hysteria was alive and well Sunday in North Vernon. Actually, it is alive and well most days. On this brisk sunny day, however, Hoosier Hysteria was downright electric and more than a little nostalgic here.
When Bob Malcomb made his first mission trip to Haiti five years ago, it was to volunteer his services as a structural engineer. After all, the impoverished Caribbean nation had just been hit by a devastating earthquake and many of its buildings had collapsed with more in danger of falling down. His colleagues, though, wanted Malcomb to employ one of his other talents - as a comedian. "They wanted me to play a clown to distract the people," Malcomb laughed. "So that's what I did." An amateur stand-up comic who occasionally does comedy routines at churches in Indiana and Kentucky, Malcomb entertained the Haitians with comedy for a week, enabling other volunteers to do the work to repair buildings and houses without interference from the people of the area. "It was interesting but not what I expected to be doing," Malcomb said. Last month, the 60-year-old Deputy man made another mission trip to Haiti, this time employing his knowledge and skills in engineering. "Most volunteers go to Haiti with a paint brush in their hands," Malcomb said. "I go there to do design engineering. I enjoy helping where I can." Monday, February 20, 2017