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Pyne Needles
            by Ed Pyne, Publisher
February 08 2018
Abe Lincoln is coming to town
The David Davis Mansion in Bloomington will host a celebration this Saturday, Feb. 10 of President Lincoln’s
209th birthday with a meet and greet. Honest Abe (portrayed by Randy Duncan) will be on hand from 9 a.m. to 4
p.m. for pictures, tours and birthday cake.
The President was a good friend of Mr. Davis and appointed him to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1862.
I have always admired the President and the way he conducted himself. Of course he was one of our most
famous orators and most famous story tellers.
During one of the Lincoln-Douglas debates Douglas accused Lincoln of being two-faced. Replied Lincoln calmly,
“I leave it to my audience: If I had two faces, would I be wearing this one?”
He was a gangly man who topped out at six feet four inches. To the inevitable question, “How tall are you?” he
would reply, “Tall enough to reach the ground.”
A temperance committee asked him to fire General Grant because they said, “He drinks too much.”
“Well,” said Mr. Lincoln, “I wish some of you would tell me the brand of whiskey that Grant drinks. I would like to
send a barrel of it to every one of my other generals.”
One of our best to be sure.


January 25 2018
Famous weatherman John Coleman dies
One of the most famous T.V. weathermen died Jan. 20 at the age of 83. John Coleman was the first weatherman on ABC’s Good Morning America television program. He also was one of the founders of the Weather Channel. He passed away at his home in Las Vegas, NV.
I mention him because I remember seeing Mr. Coleman on television right here in Bloomington-Normal. He was a college student and getting experience by doing the weather on Channel 15 here back in the 1950s as I recollect. Please don’t hesitate to call and correct me if I have something wrong.
He had a larger than life personality and you could tell he would be going on to greater things. When I moved to Clifton, Illinois in the 1970s he was on one of the Chicago television stations and later went on to New York for the big time.
I remember him telling a funny story about his Channel 15 days. Peoria dominated the airways back then as it does today.  Channel 15 didn’t have a lot of money so young Mr. Coleman had to do the news, weather and sports all by himself. One day the news came in over the wire that a gentleman had choked on some food at Steak ‘n Shake in town. John reported that the gentleman had choked on a “hamburger.”
Immediately the phone was ringing. That gentleman choked on a “steakburger” and not a hamburger the caller exclaimed. It was none other than Steak ‘n Shake founder Gus Belt.
Mr. Coleman got a kick out of that.

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