Top of the morning, Jan. 25, 2014
In Sunday's News-Gazette, our MIKE HOWIE catches up with former Iran hostage PAUL LEWIS as the centerpiece to an extensive "Whatever Happened To" package. Now 56 and still doing business in the area, Lewis was forthright in his interview, describing everything from the flight home to freedom to his dinner options in Tehran. "Some of the food was awful. You could actually taste a lot of it through your nose," he said.
Besides Lewis, we touched base with folks we cheered for (Bonnie Blair) and argued about (Nancy Cantor), spotlighted activities we might not want to tell the kids we took part in (Hash Wednesday, streaking through the Quad) and even located a rusty ol' favorite (Hessel Park firetruck).
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Craig Tiley didn't make our "Whatever Happened To" cut. Then again, he hasn't exactly dropped off the radar.
One of the most accomplished coaches in Illinois history, Tiley still is tournament director at the Australian Open, which wraps up this weekend in Melbourne.
The Tennis Australia CEO is as passionate about his sport as he was when he guided the Illini to a 32-0 record and an NCAA title in 2003.
Asked for reasons the Open is awesome, he had to be cut off at three.
"1. World-class facilities (51 courts and three stadiums with retractable roofs) located within walking distance to the city;
"2. A great team that is totally focused on a great fan and player experience;
"3. The party atmosphere."