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Pyne Needles
            by Ed Pyne, Publisher
February 4 2016
Just got back from Vegas
We just got back Sunday from a weekend trip to Las Vegas. Now I know how they built all those fancy casinos I thought to myself as I dug deep into my pockets.
A few things I will remember about this trip. We took in the Rich Little Show at the Tropicana Casino. His opening sentence was, “I am not dead yet!” He put on a great show and brought back a lot of memories of his days with late night king Johnny Carson and the Dean Martin Roasts.
I asked Mr. Little if Ruth Buzzi ever smacked him with her purse on Dean’s show.
“Believe it or not, she never did. She went after Dean, and he would hold his hands over his head to protect his hair.”
Pete Rose has a new restaurant-bar on Las Vegas Boulevard, but we missed seeing him. They said he signs autographs at Mandalay Bay across the street, but he wasn’t there either. Guess we’ll have to go back!

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January 28 2016
Highlights of the week
If you love history, and I do, you will enjoy the new exhibit, “Making a Home,” at the McLean County Museum of History located in the old courthouse in downtown Bloomington. It is the Museum’s first new permanent exhibit in 24 years and explores the experiences of individuals and families who came from all over to make McLean County their home.
The 1950s’ television set and stereo should bring back some fond memories. Watch for pictures in future editions.
We also attended the retirement party for WGLT’s General Manager Bruce Bergethon who was honored for his 25 years with the ISU radio station. The sold out event at the Castle Theatre in Bloomington was a blast. Many of the station’s celebrities came back to honor Bruce, a very popular leader we found out.
The station is also celebrating a 50th anniversary on Feb. 5th from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in ISU’s Hovey Hall Atrium. The first day of broadcast was February 6, 1966. and they are marking that illustrious day with a special broadcast of Sound Ideas featuring archived audio, and on-air guests and interview segments live. While you enjoy the broadcast, enjoy a slice of cake and mingle with fellow GLT fans.
The event is free and open to all. Metered parking is available in the Alamo II lot. Hovey Hall is the building where North Street ends at School Street.


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