90 years of memories are quite special

July 27, 2015 0 Comments

As my wife and I walked into the room and I made eye contact with my aunt, Pearl Schuckman, I caught a glimpse of her distinctive and bright smile. It’s the same smile that won my uncle’s heart so many years ago. Last weekend, Pearl celebrated her 90th birthday with a gathering of family and […]

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That’s a big bobblehead

July 25, 2015 0 Comments
That’s a big bobblehead

Have you ever imagined what it might be like to stand next to yourself and see what others see? Well, Mike Trout can do that every day when he goes to work from here on. The Los Angeles Angels outfielder largely considered the best player in baseball got to see what he looked like without […]

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Forwards receive offers from QU

July 21, 2015 0 Comments

It should come as no surprise the Quincy University men’s basketball program is going big with its next recruiting class. The Hawks will have five forwards on next season’s roster, and all of them are juniors and seniors. Three of those big men — Evan McGaughey, Scottie Bruxvoort and Joe Tagarelli — each have two […]

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Quincy Humane Society provides some of life’s greatest gifts

July 17, 2015 0 Comments
Quincy Humane Society provides some of life’s greatest gifts

For those who follow me on social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook, this will come as no surprise. My dog, Buster, can be classified as man’s best friend. Or to clarify, he’s my best friend. People laugh when they see his little head sticking out of the window on the passenger side of […]

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Bench brings back childhood memories

July 14, 2015 0 Comments
Bench brings back childhood memories

It was Saturday afternoon all over again. Thank you, Johnny Bench, for taking me back in time. Sitting in the newsroom watching All-Star Game festivities while pouring over a column idea, I made sure to turn to the TV when Fox Sports began to unveil the Franchise Four. Fans had voted for the four greatest […]

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Thank you for making it a Classic weekend once again

June 21, 2015 0 Comments

As the McDonald’s/Herald-Whig Classic wrapped up Saturday night at Quincy University’s Pepsi Arena, I was approached by several people with the same question in mind. Who do you think will be in the game next year? Therein lies one of the great things about this game. The anticipation grows throughout the year and turns into […]

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A decade later, Livingston living out the dream

June 18, 2015 0 Comments
A decade later, Livingston living out the dream

In 2004, when Shaun Livingston was a high school senior and in the midst of leading Peoria Central to back-to-back state basketball championships, he walked into Blue Devil Gym on a Saturday night in January and received the rock-star treatment. Kids asked for his autograph. Adults came up to shake his hand. He was swarmed […]

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A blue year for the Blue Devils

June 8, 2015 0 Comments

Is this a sign of the times or just a once-in-forever drought? For the first time in more than seven decades, Quincy High School failed to win a single postseason trophy or plaque during the 2014-15 school year in the 17 Illinois High School Association-sponsored sports in which it competes. It’s also the second time […]

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Does the Indy 500 still carry clout in the sporting world?

May 19, 2015 0 Comments

A reader called today with a legitimate question and concern: Why aren’t we devoting more coverage to the Indianapolis 500? In 16 years working in The Herald-Whig sports department, including the last three as sports editor, it’s the first time I have fielded such a question. Inevitably each spring, I can expect readers asking for […]

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Siebers’ presence still felt and his legacy as an educator, friend remains

May 16, 2015 0 Comments

Every letter I receive from a reader — positive, negative or indifferent — I keep and file away in my desk drawer. You never know when a suggestion or criticism can be used to better our efforts. However, there was one letter I never stashed in that file. I kept it in a folder on […]

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