Saturday, December 28, 2013

Andy Jacobs - "so much good in the worst of us"

Surprised and sorry to hear about the passing of former Congressman Andy Jacobs of Indianapolis. I interviewed him several times for the Star and WIBC, and he was always a gracious host at his home.
Andy would get emotional talking about his infantry experience as a Marinein the Korean War. One time, he recalled, he and two other soldiers were carrying a wounded man on a litter when they realized that a North Korean gun crew had them in their sights.

The Koreans had an anti-tank weapon trained on them and could have killed the Americans instantly. But instead, Andy said, the Koreans waved them on, apparently because they were carrying a wounded man and were completely vulnerable.

Andy had been a Marion County sheriff's deputy before getting his law degree, and he talked about the importance of showing mercy to people who needed a break in life.

He liked to quote Edward Wallis Hoch on the foibles of ordinary people:

"There's so much good in the worst of us, and so much bad in the best of us, that it hardly behooves any of us, to talk about the rest of us."

Thursday, December 19, 2013

BSU's Daily News named a CSPA Crown finalist

The Daily News has been named a finalist for the 2014 Crown Awards from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association.

The DN and The Indiana Daily Student are the only two finalists from Indiana from among the 15 print-online publications named this week.

CSPA said Wednesday it had 1,236 entries for the contest.

Finalists will receive either a Gold or Silver Crown Award during the College Media Convention held March 12-15 in New York City.