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14
Sep 18

Welcome to the weekend

My online friend Susan Crowell is editor at Farm and Dairy. Today she shared a photo, and a story, of the unveiling of a new historic marker in Fredericktown, Ohio. That’s the home of the original FFA corduroy jacket. That famous blue item goes back to 1933, and it still means a lot to many of us.

There’s a mention that the jackets were uninsulated, which should bring forward a memorable shiver from anyone who has ever worn one someplace like Kansas City in November, or somewhere perhaps even colder.

This is the best part …

The two gentlemen that helped with the unveiling are now 99 years young. They wore some of the original corduroy jackets.

This picture isn’t of those guys, but some of my friends, in some of our last FFA jackets.

Last night‘s show from IUSTV:

Now in full on weekend mode, which is starting like this:

So you’ve seen the Twitter feed in this post. Be sure to check out Instagram as well. Tomorrow, a bike ride!


10
Sep 18

Time for a ride

A perfectly regular day in the office, and that means there’s a need for a special early evening:

I did the usual route and a nearby subdivision, which is familiar enough. No records were broken, and no great hills were climbed. But I did find a road that is closed for re-design and construction and for a few wonderful minutes I had both lanes to myself and no traffic to worry about as I went up and down the silent little stretch.

I had the road to myself, my lecture for tomorrow already in place and the sun off to the side. It was on my left as I went uphill and peeking through the same trees, now on my right, as I tucked into the bars and headed down the same hill.

It was as just about a lovely a feeling you can find by pedaling easily through neighborhoods.

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4
Sep 18

Almost every goal of the day was met

I got out for a morning bike ride. This was a special treat, which mostly involved me waking up early enough to do it.


Being on empty roads was easily the highlight of my morning. Later, I went to work and put together a quiz and wrote an AP Style primer and then lectured a tiny bit on news writing. I was supposed to go into the studio this evening and watch some historic television being made, but that got delayed until next week. History waits for no one! Except when it does.

I did get to do this, however:


A few times a week I walk by the building named in honor of the scrawny old Indiana journalist. We’re just rich with the Ernie Pyle stuff around here. His desk is one floor beneath my office. Two floors down they’ve recently created an installation showing off his medals, some of his books, his war correspondent field jacket and a whole bunch more. Just outside our building is a sculpture of him sitting at a table and banging away at a story, somewhere in Europe or the Pacific. One day his ghost will show up and point out my typos. (He’ll be a busy spirit.)

Also, I got to ride my bike this morning:

I climbed two little hills on my short ride. It was all a freewheeling, downhill adventure from there.

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24
Apr 18

Oh a busy week, indeed

Look!

Spring! Spring is here! Again!

And it looks like it’ll hold for more than two days in a row this time!

We’re working a conference this week. I’ve been helping out with some of the details for a few months now. It’s a symposium on religion in media. And this evening saw the opening remarks and the keynote speaker. Here’s our dean, Jim Shanahan, welcoming the conference’s many guests:

And after hearing most of the keynote speaker, a former religion editor for Reuters, I had to hustle back over to our building and into the studio:

It was the last night in the studio for the news crew the semester, and we send off a small handful of seniors, ready to find their way and make their mark:

One of the soon-to-be grads will be working in northern Indiana, the other in Georgia.

More shows!

And tonight I got student evaluations, the only ones that matter to me:

And I wound down the night with The Dishwashing Sessions:


23
Apr 18

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It’s a busy week. Things are liable to be light here, in places.

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