COLES COUNTY NEWS:

THE GATHERERS AND THE REPORTING

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PEEPING TOMS & LAWSUIT NEWS

 

VICE-PRESIDENT RICHARD NIXON VISITS ILLINOIS

Way back when Richard Nixon was Vice President, he made a trip to Sullivan, Illinois to dedicate a park.  The Taylor's would always take advantage of being able to witness history.  We all went to Sullivan to see the Republican Vice President.  Mr. Nixon gave a speech from a very high podium.   Red and I worked our way up to the front.  Red had one of those huge (horse) sunglasses on and a hat. He climbed under the rope and proceeded to the front to take a picture of the Vice President.  The Secret Service didn't stop him, and no one else did, so he went up front and took the picture.  It seems that even the Vice President noticed the unusual sunglasses on a small boy.  A few smiles appeared from the audience.  To top off the event, Red and I crowded in the line where the Vice President would exit.  I touched Nixon.  Personally, I always am patriotic toward any President.  It was a thrill to have been that close to a then future President (even though he was a Republican).

ADLAI STEVENSON II, RETURNS TO ILLINOIS FOR LAST TIME

Adlai Stevenson II, was governor of Illinois in 1948-1952, and ran for President in 1952, not by his choice.  He would end his career as U.N. ambassador from 1961 through his death in 1965.  President Johnson sent Adlai's body back to Springfield for burial aboard Air Force One.  Our mom and dad took us boys to see the return of his body at Springfield,

LOUISE MAKES THE NEWS, HUSBAND GETS UPSET

In the 60's Louise was secretary of the Democrat Party.  The Party had a fundraiser at Fox Ridge.  A man left the event drunk.  He had an accident later near Westfield.  The man sued the Democrats and its officers.   Louise got sued.  It was in the paper.  Our dad, Melvin, was not

Things would not be peaceful for a while.  I guess the suit was dropped. Quite honestly, our dad was very patient and understanding, but some things did not go over well, and he would object.

PEEPING TOM STORY ANGERS CULPRITS

Louise reported all truthful news. Sometimes it was not happy.  Charleston was having a problem with peeping toms, especially in the Quonset hut (married) housing area at Eastern. Finally the culprits were caught.  One of them was a professional person who had an office on the square.  The others were prominent men of town. They were shot in the rear with rock-salt and had to go to the local hospital for treatment.  They had to explain why their bottoms were full of rock salt.  The police had to file a report and the event became a public news item.  Louise did report it. Peeping toms were a problem in Charleston in the 1950's and 60's, as probably are now. This piece of news was very worthwhile in reading.  The trouble was that one of the culprits had a wife who would teach my brother and me.  When my brother entered her class he had trouble passing.  Evidently the culprit's wife was trying to get revenge on the reporter (our mom).  C.J. Dintleman, then superintendent, took care of the problem and my brother passed.

A NEWS REPORTER IS NOT GOING TO MAKE EVERYONE HAPPY ALL

THE TIME, BUT WASN'T IT FUNNY TO HEAR ABOUT THE ROCK SALT IN

THE REARS?

Louise was always careful to put only the truth on the air. She was aware that one could get sued for making up stories.  She never got sued for a news broadcast.

 

 


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