Thanks for reading and looking at the articles
and pictures in this scrapbook and story book.
I really enjoyed putting it together starting in
about 1994. The trip to the Charleston cemetery
to find the tombstone of Lee Lynch turned this
into a kind-of family story. As of 2009 I am
almost completely retired. J.R. Livesay, Louise
Taylor, and Melvin Taylor have passed from us.
I re-dedicate this book to their memory.
How could I not consider news gathering and
reporting in Central Illinois and Coles County,
in particular, a family story. The Lynch family
was very important in the history of newspaper
and radio news.
Lastly are the personalities of the pioneers in
Charleston, Mattoon, Tuscola and all around that
made Central Illinois a cultural center for
reading and listening of news and entertainment.
I included mostly personal items that I could
remember, and did some research and micro-reader
research to find the real stuff. It would have
been great to make a huge volume of all the news
of the time since 1900, but my eyes would not
allow that much viewing.
Remember to look for the trains at all
crossings. “There might be a train coming!” as
Lee Lynch would have said at the end of his
radio shows and his columns.
Remember that “Every little bird likes to
whistle Louise,” as anyone who remembers the
Charleston personality and my mom could relate.
She was very special, and I saw much of it.
Bye for now,
Howard Taylor, Editor and Publisher
of this book from Mattoon, Il,