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Pyne Needles
            by Ed Pyne, Publisher
October 1 2015
Great time in St. Louis
My lovely wife Sally ordered tickets for a Cardinals game for my birthday way back in March. We didn’t know if the Birds were going to do well this year or not, but they have certainly been fantastic.
Sally thought it would be a good idea to get all-inclusive tickets which are a couple of levels up from the field behind third base. A great view, and the food and free drinks were great too with an all-you-can-eat buffet style.
You could sit inside a heated room with a bar and big-screen TV sets and huge windows when the cold weather sets in or you can walk a few feet and sit outside. We actually had bar stool type seats and a ledge to put our drinks and food, so it was very easy to move around, and we didn’t have to make people move out of the way to fill our plate.
Busch Stadium was filled to capacity... a sea of red. The Arch was a perfect backdrop, and the Cardinals beat the Brewers, 5-1.
 Prior to the game we saw Fredbird on the field getting some youngsters ready to throw out the first pitch. I was wondering what he thought of our Reggie Redbird, but he was too far away to ask.
The next day, while eating breakfast at The Hilton hotel next to ballpark, in strolls Fredbird to mix it up with the fans.  “What do you think of your cousin Reggie Redbird at Illinois State University?  Fredbird shook his head, and told us Reggie is crazy!!
I always thought birds of a feather stick together!

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September 24 2015
Wild Bill Hickok Show
Sunday at the BCPA we took in Walt Willey’s one-man show on the life and times of Wild Bill Hickok. He did a great job of bringing to life one of the most interesting characters of the 1800s.
Wild Bill was born James Butler Hickok in what was then Homer, Illinois near LaSalle in 1839. His dad was named William and the name passed to James. The village of about 325 people learned that there was a Homer, Ill. in Champaign County so they changed their name to Troy Grove. Wild Bill was a lawman, a scout, a soldier in the Civil War, and an entertainer with Calamity Jane in Buffalo Bill Cody’s traveling wild west show.
Mr. Willey is from Ottawa, Ill. After 25 years of playing Jackson Montgomery on the popular soap opera “All My Children” he turned to doing comedy and one-man shows. He saw a sign while passing Troy Grove that revealed the small village was the home of the famous gunslinger and Mr. Willey did a lot of research to get it just right.
While playing poker with his back to the front doors of a saloon in Deadwood, S.D.  Wild Bill was shot in the back of the head. He was holding a pair of aces and eights, now known as the “Dead Man’s Hand.”  In the show Wild Bill asks the audience why they didn’t tell him and he would have sat with his back to the wall instead!


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