West Baden wonder, well-grounded doer

Our position: A celebrated renovator shows community concern to be a win-win. Perhaps no living Hoosier personifies the principle "doing well by doing good" more profoundly than Bill Cook. Full Story
David

Springfield, IL

#2 May 15, 2007
It's the "Irwin Millers" not Muellers...

Thanks Mr. Cook. This place will be spectacular and we are looking forward to the big grand opening shindig in June
JBP

United States

#3 May 15, 2007
Thank you, Mr. Cook. You are an Indiana treasure!
Logical

United States

#4 May 15, 2007
Hero.

That sums Bill up in 1 word.
Indy Resident

Indianapolis, IN

#5 May 15, 2007
I can't wait to visit West Baden!
IndyTom

Indianapolis, IN

#6 May 15, 2007
Bill Cook is incredible. I used to work for him. Besides all the philanthropy, life saving innovation, successful and unique business model, etc, when around him you just realize how sharp he is. An absolute whiz on computers. Still identifies key markets. Overall just on top of everything. In no way "old fashioned." And he treats all employees with respect.

About the West Baden thing, let's just hope Bill Lauth doesn't mess things up. He's the yin to Cook's yang, and would love to torpedo the whole thing.
Joe

Plainfield, IN

#7 May 15, 2007
My wife and I had a reservation for June first, the opening day of the hotel. My wife had always wanted to spend the first night there, even when it was falling down. Everything was set, then the hotel called and changed the opening to the 24th. Because we work, we had to cancel.

So much for her dream!
Janet a Paoli native

UK

#8 May 15, 2007
Thank you Mr. Cook, Now live in Wales, United Kingdom, but every time I get "home" to Paoli, I dash off down to the Valley to see what improvements have been made! We need the jobs so badly in Orange County, again thank you and bless you Bill Cook!!!!
Great

Bridgeport, WV

#9 May 15, 2007
Your a great human being Bill Cook.
Indiana

Indianapolis, IN

#10 May 15, 2007
I hope it has more elevators than than the French Lick Resort. My visit there was not good for limited-able folk like me. In fact, I had to go outside and around to get to the ONE place to eat.
Still, I will give West Baden a try.

Thanks for everything Mr. Cook
Hade E Nuff

Lexington, IN

#11 May 15, 2007
cook is a low wage paying skunk, west baden is a failure due to not allowing winners which are controlled by computers regulated by the indiana republician religious party. republician religion has failed in indiana
ASC

Detroit, MI

#12 May 15, 2007
Mr. Cook, thank you for your time and money regarding a treasured Indiana historical landmark. Finally a story about a wealthy person giving something back to society. Just imagine if billionaire geniuses like you all decided to do something good for the world. I mean, how many mansions and cars does someone need anyways? Imagine if a billionaire decided to use his vast wealth and intellect to try to tackle the preceived energy problem and came up with a way to safely power America? What a legacy that would be...
JBP

United States

#13 May 15, 2007
Hade E Nuff wrote:
cook is a low wage paying skunk, west baden is a failure due to not allowing winners which are controlled by computers regulated by the indiana republician religious party. republician religion has failed in indiana
You must be on crack.

“I'll just say it”

Since: Apr 07

Indy

#14 May 15, 2007
Many thanks to you Mr. Cook. We took a tour of West Baden resort and French Lick Hotel while under construction a couple of months ago and we're looking forward to a weekend stay at the beautifully restored West Baden Springs Resort in the near future. It's a shame that the stipulation for gambling facilities (on a boat in the water) was amended AFTER the gambliing facility was built and attached to the French Lick Hotel. Unfortunately, it looks out of place next to the beautiful hotel.

Since: Dec 06

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#15 May 15, 2007
I visited West Baden when it was still in disrepair. It was a shameful and depressing testament to what happens when you ignore buildings. Demolition by neglect as we say. The transformation that Mr. Cook and his wife have enabled to transpire at this magnificent place is nothing short of breathtaking. As a professional preservationist Mr & Mrs Cook are much respected for their contributions, both monetarily and emotionally to saving such a treasure. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. Indiana has one of their greatest architectural marvels restored to its glorified spendor!
Roy Denton

Gig Harbor, WA

#16 May 15, 2007
May Bill Cook and his family be blessed 10,000 fold for his kindness and generosity to his fellow Hoosiers.
Although I live on the Pacific Northwest, I am still a Hoosier at heart. I continue to be amazed by all that Bill Cook has accomplished.

Roy Denton
Webmaster
http://www.orangecountyindiana.info/
http://www.paoliindiana.info/
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Roy Denton

Gig Harbor, WA

#17 May 15, 2007
May Bill Cook and his family be blessed 10,000 fold for his kindness and generosity to his fellow Hoosiers.
Although I live on the Pacific Northwest, I am still a Hoosier at heart. I continue to be amazed by all that Bill Cook has accomplished.

Roy Denton
Webmaster
http://www.orangecountyindiana.info/
http://www.paoliindiana.info/
http://www.crawfordcountyindiana.info/
Roy Denton

Gig Harbor, WA

#18 May 15, 2007
May Bill Cook and his family be blessed 10,000 fold for his kindness and generosity to his fellow Hoosiers.
Although I live on the Pacific Northwest, I am still a Hoosier at heart. I continue to be amazed by all that Bill Cook has accomplished.

Roy Denton
Webmaster
http://www.orangecountyindiana.info/
http://www.paoliindiana.info/
http://www.crawfordcountyindiana.info/
David

French Lick, IN

#19 May 16, 2007
Indiana wrote:
I hope it has more elevators than than the French Lick Resort. My visit there was not good for limited-able folk like me. In fact, I had to go outside and around to get to the ONE place to eat.
Still, I will give West Baden a try.
Thanks for everything Mr. Cook
There are actually 7 restuarants at the French Lick Resort & Casino, along with Hagen's at the Golf Course.

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