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Pyne Needles
            by Ed Pyne, Publisher
AUG 25 2016
Sad day for IWU and Octavia 
Yesterday morning an accident in Normal took the life of one of the best sports fans in this area. Lanny Lobdell of Normal was hit by a car at the intersection of Vernon and Grandview streets and died. Lanny, 74, was a best friend of former Illinois Wesleyan Basketball Coach and Athletic Director Dennie Bridges. He had many other friends who love the university and enjoy getting together for coffee on a daily basis.
Details for his funeral were not available as of press time. Mrs. Lobdell, the former Annette Bielfeldt, and a son, Chris, of the Chicago area, survive. Another son, Chad, is deceased.
There may not be a bigger Chicago Cubs fan than Lanny. He and IWU Sports Information Director Stew Salowitz were going to attend an upcoming Cubs-Giants game in Chicago.
Last year in my column I repeated some trivia from the internet about what has happened since the last time the Cubs won the World Series in 1908. I laughed, but Lanny acted like he was not amused and told me so in a letter. I will cherish that letter from now on.
Lincoln’s been good to ISU
Lincoln High School Class of 2000 has been very good to ISU. The beautiful city south of us has given us Mike Williams, a media rep in the athletic office, Mary Wood, assistant women’s track coach and Clint Smith, academic advisor in University College.
Mary spoke highly of the track team and the pole vault athletes which is one of her specialties. We were teasing Mike and Mary at the Aug. 20 Redbird Fan Fair since they went on a date at Homecoming while in high school.

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AUG 18 2016
96th Sweeney Reunion
Each year we look forward to the Sweeney Reunion which is held at the Knights of Columbus in Bloomington. Fran Kelley of Normal trades off with Jane Lander of Bloomington each year for the most sought after position--President (ha-ha). Paula Sweeney of Bloomington is taking over the Treasurer’s post due to the untimely death of Regina Barlass of Bloomington.  We also lost Isabelle Kerber of Cooksville this year.
Margaret Dady, 97, a resident of Luther Oaks Home in Bloomington, who is retired from the Social Security office in Bloomington, was the oldest present and Emerson Lander, 6 months, daughter of Alec and Deena Lander of Bloomington, was the youngest.
Tim Sweeney of Hammond, Ind. came the farthest and led us in the singing of some classic Irish songs. There’s no better than, “My Wild Irish Rose.”


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