Illinois

Marilyn Monroe and Bement, Illinois

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When my editor from Senior News & Times asked me to do a story about the 60th Anniversary of Marilyn Monroe coming to the small town of Bement, Illinois all I could thing of was “What was she doing there?” The year was 1955 and on August 6th of that year, Marilyn Monroe, her photographer […]

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Midgetoys were among some of the unusual toys spied at toy show

The Central Illinois Toy Show in Bloomington, Illinois was a first for me. After trying out a new place to eat Abe’s Café in Springfield, we meandered north and headed for the Holiday Inn near the airport to see what the show had to offer. There were many cool toys that you don’t usually see […]

Governor's Mansion was site of Senior Hall of Fame and Governor's Unique Achievement Awards

The garden outside the Governor’s Mansion in Springfield, Illinois, was still blooming when I went to the Governor’s Mansion to cover this for Senior News & Times. This event happens one time a year when volunteers and senior service groups come together to honor those that have received top honors. The celebration took place on […]

Lincoln-Herndon Law Office, Lincoln's old stomping grounds

Springfield, Illinois as everyone knows if filled to the brim with history of our nation’s 16th president. Downtown not far from the Abraham Presidential Library and Museum and south of Lincoln’s tomb and east of the home sits the office where he practiced law for about ten years. Seth Tinsley built a commercial building in […]

At the American Thresherman's Show Minneapolis Moline is King!

For just a few short years my dad was a teacher and he taught in Nashville Illinois. That’s how it was that I was born in Pinckneyville. So albeit while my in this southern Illinois area was short, I regard Pinckneyville and the American Thresherman’s show almost like coming home. Kent and Annie Jansen and […]