Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library Common Decency Film Series

The Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library is excited to produce multi-year film projects on the theme of “Common Decency,” an important value to Kurt Vonnegut.


My Friend Mickey: Common Decency and the American Dream

My Friend Mickey: Common Decency and the American Dream is a feature-length documentary film about Hoosier Michael S. “Mickey” Maurer. Mickey grew up helping his father (a World War II veteran) on Saturdays and during summers with his work in the family junkyard business and went on to become one of the Hoosier State’s most successful entrepreneurs and most generous philanthropists. Viewers will learn more about the experience of Jewish families in Indiana from the last century through current times, get a sneak peek into Indiana politics learning about Mickey’s work as Secretary of Commerce during the Governor Mitch Daniels’ years as Mickey accepted a salary of only $1 per year, and be entertained with unique stories and adventures of a family that has contributed far more than financial success to the greater good of the state.

Mickey’s “unique” stories include climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, lobster diving, writing 6 books from topics of entrepreneurship and biographies to crossword puzzles, Indiana University football and, his pride and joy, a collection of photos of tiny fish captured with a special lens during his underwater photography expeditions. Mickey has written more than 500 columns for the Indianapolis Business Journal, for which he is one of three owners. He started the National Bank of Indianapolis, Mickey’s Camp, and more.

Narrated by Richard Lugar, this film features more than 45 interviews with friends, family, business competitors and collaborators such as Will Shortz, the editor of the New York Times Crossword Puzzle; Angie Hicks of Angie’s List; Sen. Joe Donnelly; Gov. Mitch Daniels; and more.

Documentary Sponsors

Executive Producers
Katz, Sapper & Miller
The Board of the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library
Katz. Korin. Cunningham.

Director Level
Pillow Logistics, Inc.
Eric and Bonnie Prystowsky
Sandy and Norman Pessin
Millard and Wendy Lesch

Producer Level
Rabbis Dennis and Sandy Sasso
Emmis Communications
Dr. Harold A. and Mary E. Smith
Frank and Katrina Basile
Ben and Katie Maurer
CE Solutions / Steve and Beth Osborn

Screenwriter Level
Jennifer and Chris Harris and Family
Zoë and Carl Riekes
Marcia Goldstone
Kenneth Turchi
Sue and Elliott Levin and Family
George M. Klein & Peoplocity
Neil Levine and Joanne Bates
REGO-FIX
Dan Spitzberg
Barbara and Richard Leventhal
Florrie Binford Cooper and Chuck Cooper
Ron and Jean Maurer