By Cheryl Hizer
Don Flick’s love affair with his wife Lisa AND Irvington started in 1988!
Don, currently serving on IDO’s board and as president of Irvington Historical Society, grew up in Jasper, graduated from Ball State University College of Architecture, and was living in Broad Ripple in 1988 when he attended an open house for an Eastside revitalization project on which he’d been working. Serving refreshments was Irvington resident Lisa Kollman, who worked for the project’s community development organization. Don, smitten at first sight, left the open house and immediately called Lisa’s office, wherein he grilled one of Lisa’s coworkers about her. The next day, Don sent Lisa flowers with a short note signed only “DF.”
In an equally sleuth-like fashion, Lisa found out who DF was. At the time, she was living on Dewey Avenue, just down the street from one of Don’s coworkers, and she asked this coworker for the names of all those from his firm who had attended the open house. One month after the open house, Don received a note. “When are we going to meet? LK.”
Coincidentally, the next day was another open house for another Eastside revitalization project, so Don accepted a coworker’s invitation and nervously introduced himself to his future wife. They hit it off, were engaged two months later, and have been married for 28 years.
How long have you lived and/or worked here in Irvington?
“Lisa and I met in 1988, then we were married and moved into our house in April 1989. Since then, I have helped sway three family members into moving to Irvington. My mother lived here for 13 years before passing away in 2003, and now two of my brothers are living in Irvington.”
What do you do for fun?
“I enjoy historical and genealogical research. My 18-foot-long family tree is on display as part of the Irvington Historical Society’s current Family Tree exhibit at the Bona Thompson Memorial Center. I also like revitalizing old buildings, one of which is the old coal office at the corner of Bonna and Good on the Pennsy Trail.”
What’s your favorite walk, bike ride, block, or view in the neighborhood?
“My favorite bike ride is the Pennsy Trail, and my favorite walk is through Ellenberger Park, any time of the year. My most memorable walk was on my second date with Lisa. She took me on a walking tour of Irvington, and after rounding the bend on University Avenue, I saw the Bona Thompson Library for the first time. When Lisa told me that this grand building was just being used for storage, I said, “Somebody needs to renovate that building.” 10 years later, I became the architect on the renovation of the Bona Thompson for the Irvington Historical Society, and now I am president of the organization, which calls the building home.”
If you were Mayor of Irvington for a day, what would you do first?
“I would assemble a group to tackle the redevelopment of Irvington Plaza. I would invite developers who have undertaken new urbanist development projects in other communities and neighborhoods to imagine the possibilities of redeveloping the Plaza. We would sit down with the current owner of the property and convince him that redevelopment of the Plaza is not only in the best interest of the community but could be a financial boon to him as well. It would be a busy day as Mayor of Irvington!”