At 83, Bill Tate has lost a step or two.
But given the chance to confront the hoodlums who swiped his Rose Bowl memorabilia from inside his house in Omaha, Neb., the former Illini and Mattoon football star might run as fast as he did against Stanford in '52.
"I would go after them," he said. "I'd probably get hurt, but it'd be worth it."
Just have a baby? Planning to get married? Celebrating an anniversary? About to turn 100?
His friends played it smart, baking a cake minus decorations to take to Sunday's Academy Awards party in Urbana. Then, when "Interstellar" won for Best Visual Effects, they raced into the kitchen and used icing to spell out "Congratulations."
"I was surprised and thrilled," AJ Christensen said — about the Oscar if not the cake.
If "Whiplash" wins Best Picture at tonight's Academy Awards, Uni High grad Helen Estabrook, will be invited to the stage at Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.
She produced the film, which is considered a long shot to bring home an Oscar.
If only Mom had a vote.
A.J. Christensen will spend Oscars night like he usually does — with friends gathered around a TV in Urbana, predicting who wins each Academy Award.
Except this year, he might have to deliver an acceptance speech.
On Wednesdays, we spotlight area kids doing good things in Younger Generation.
Last week, we invited the four Champaign mayoral candidates — Deb Feinen, Karen Foster, Joe Petry, Don Gerard — to our multimedia studio for video interviews with columnist Tom Kacich.
"Consistently recognized among the nation's best sports sections"
You'll find that atop Sports in each day's News-Gazette. And last week's results from the national Associated Press Sports Editors contest reaffirmed our place as one of "the nation's best."
I don't do Valentine's Day very well — ask Mrs. Rossow — but Ann Rhoton came to my rescue. Since 1999, she's hosted the popular "Standard Time with Ann Rhoton" radio program on WDWS 1400-AM (6 a.m. Sundays — check out her ad on B-3), what she calls "a wonderful opportunity to bask in the warm memories of days gone by with a listenership that has been extraordinarily fun to share with."