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Letters to the Editor 01/05/12

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A major arts development of 2011 was Scott Richardson’s purchase of the former Springfield Theatre Center building which was reopened as The Legacy Theatre.
PHOTO BY RACHEL WELLS

LEGACY THEATRE
Thank you for highlighting the arts in Springfield [see “Upbeat arts in a down economy,” Dec. 22, by Scott Faingold]. However, one story you seem to have missed is the purchasing and renovation of The Legacy Theatre at 101 E Lawrence. Granted, I am biased because of my involvement with the theater, but it’s unfortunate that you missed the boat here.

With the building having been shuttered for nearly eight years, the Opus Learning Group purchased the building and in a short amount of time upgraded the building to be, not only inhabitable, but a beautiful functioning theater. In a half year, The Legacy has already hosted two local musical productions (The Marvelous Wonderettes and The Drowsy Chaperone), an off-Broadway production (Dixie’s Tupperware Party), a touring band (Venice), and shown a selection of movies (Rocky Horror Picture Show, It’s a Wonderful Life, White Christmas, and a Rankin/Bass Christmas Special marathon). I guess I don’t understand how this goes unnoticed when you seem to have covered almost every other arts organization in Springfield.

All that said, I hope you find time to make it to the Legacy Theatre over the next year. We have a great many things to share with Springfield and our arts community and I think you’d enjoy the many events we have planned.

Patrick Russell


MORE REMEMBERING
Thank you for recognizing the wonderful people who are no longer with us in last week’s Illinois Times [see “Remembering the lives they lived,” Dec. 29]. My former, but very much loved, brother-in-law, Bob Taylor, passed away peacefully early in the morning the day after Thanksgiving with my sister Jeri at his side holding his hand.

My very first memory of Bob is when I met him in the old coffee shop at St. John’s Hospital. My father had fallen down the basement stairs and was having brain surgery. God must have sent Bob to us because he was a lifesaver for our family – especially our mother.

Your article reflected many positive traits and talents of Bob’s but did not reflect, to me, the most important – his unselfish giving of himself, not only to our family but to the communities he served. From another standpoint, I see Bob gradually sliding from a handsome, charismatic DJ to enduring the trials and unpredictability of M.S. Bob never complained about his adversities. He always carried a very positive attitude, even in his darkest hours. Your article also did not mention that Bob has two adult children in their 30s – Chad Robert and Jasa who, along with their devoted mother, were so important to their father. His granddaughter, Jayden Grace, who is now 12, gave much happiness to Bob. As a tiny tot she and “Paw Paw Bob” would have relay races with her tricycle and his wheelchair. Your article also wrongly indicated that the M.S. was responsible for the failure of the marriage. That is absolutely not true. They loved each other to the end and their separation had nothing to do with M.S. My husband, John, and I were honored to perform the music at Bob’s funeral. The man who gave his humor, comfort and abiding support to our family in our darkest days in 1973 was now at peace. My sister, his Sunshine, walked with him closely through the final months. Appropriately, the last words at his funeral were his own voice from his telecasts: “Blue Skies, Green Lights, Two Scoops of Jamocha Almond Fudge and Much Love, Sunshine.”

Janet Lea Cobb-Myers


BISHOP ON ABUSE
In answer to Barbara Dorris [of Survivors’ Network of those Abused by Priests, “Letters,” Dec. 22], she is the one who is dead wrong about Bishop Thomas Paprocki on abuse of children. The bishop has spoken out on many occasions on sexual abuse. The case of Fr. Henry Willenborg happened long before Paprocki became bishop.

Recently the bishop had a prayer meeting at the Cathedral on the subject of repenting for past abuse by church officials. Our bishop has met head on any abuses of children.

Danny Faulkner
Springfield

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