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Pyne Needles
            by Ed Pyne, Publisher
April 10 2013
Proud to be inducted into Vidette Hall of Fame
Saturday night, April 12 was an evening I will always treasure. The Vidette, ISU’s student newspaper, held its biennial Hall of Fame induction at the Circus Room on the ISU campus. Pictured, left to right, are the old publisher, who has been newspapering for 45 years; Dr. Michael Shelly, former ISU journalism professor; Rick Jones, former Vidette General Manager; John Abrams, former Vidette computer expert and now president of Shotfarm, LLC; and Alex Reside, former Vidette photo editor and photographer at Rolling Stone magazine and now on the staff at InStyle.com in New York City. Dr. Shelly was actually inducted in 2009 but yearly travels have kept him from picking up his award.
Everyone had a great time. I am amazed at the talent of the other inductees. I knew that Mr. Jones did a wonderful job preparing his students for careers after school. Dr. Shelly, now retired, is a legend in the ISU Journalism Dept. for his teaching skills.
I couldn’t be more proud of them all.

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.

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