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Pyne Needles
            by Ed Pyne, Publisher
April 10 2013
Too young to die
No other death in recent memory has been as sad as that of young Michael Collins, 22, a student at Illinois State University, who died from injuries received in a two vehicle accident when an alleged drunk driver blew a red light while speeding. A graduate of Normal Community  West High School in 2010 Michael was a baseball star while attending Heartland Community College and  was a senior exercise science major at Illinois State. He was an assistant baseball coach at University High School under his father, Jim.
Michael and the friends he was riding with were responsible young adults by having a designated driver.
I was fortunate to meet him and his mother, Kelly, at a celebration at University High School, which had just won the state baseball title. While there I learned Kelly had driven 800 miles to see Michael and Heartland’s team play in their World Series. They finished third. Michael hit a home run and tipped his cap to his mother. A quiet young man he was very popular and had many friends. He was buried near his grandfather in the Gridley Cemetery. They had to close Route 24 to handle the 50 plus cars that were in the procession. While driving around town you may see a yard sign “No. 19 WC Strong.” Remember Michael and hug your youngsters.
Nice Honor
The Illinois State University student newspaper, The Vidette, is inducting our new members to its Hall of Fame Saturday night in the Circus Room at Bone Student Center. I am lucky enough to be one of the inductees. Others and the year they graduated are John Abrams ‘90, Alex Reside ‘10, and Rick Jones, retired Vidette general manager.
I was also lucky enough to serve as co-editor of that fine publication in 1970 and printing ink has been in my veins ever since. My thanks to Marc Lebovitz, former Vidette co-editor himself who had a fine career in the university’s News and Publications Department.

April 3 2013
Three birthdays this time of year in the Pyne Family
We have some birthdays to celebrate in the Pyne Family this time of year. My son, Adam, was born on March 30, 1976. He always ask how he got the middle name “Tory.” Since it was the bicentenial year we gave him a name that was prominent during that time. I should have checked into it a little more--they were sympathizers of the British. Adam lives with his lovely wife, Anna, and daughters in Chicago. They just moved into a new house on the northwest side of the city.
Their new daughter, Claire Marguerite, just turned 1-year-old on  April 1--no fooling! Her bright eyes and smile are something to behold, says her proud grandpa. Claire’s sister, Lily, is 2 and the life of the party. She is really energetic and keeps all of us laughing.
My lovely younger sister, Phyllis Salemi (I’m sure she wouldn’t mind me pointing that out) celebrated her birthday April 3rd and is enjoying retirement in Long Boat Key, Florida. She likes to play golf and go to the beach. Her hubby, Lou, is a good golfer and can just about beat me (it’s nice to have the power of the pen).
Adam and Anna are hosting a birthday party Saturday, but, unfortunately, I’m going to have to miss it. This sounds bad. But it’s the 26th year of the Ramblin’ Randy Rotisserie Baseball League and Commissioner Terry Brennan has chosen Saturday as draft day, the same day of the birthday party. Since the party is usually held in July when Lily was born it didn’t dawn on me that their would be a conflict of the dates.
I’ll have to make it up to them somehow.

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