I took a History of Illinois class from Dr. Simon while I was a student at SIU in the early 1980s. From my old blog post:
On a personal note, I learned a great deal in Dr. Simon’s class. Fortunately, the class was small in size by University standards. Dr. Simon was (and still is, I’m sure) a very interesting. knowledgeable and humorous speaker. He’s also written more than a few books.
His class was great fun. I remember him talking about a visit he had made to Springfield, calling it a “one horse town” where he once had his car stolen. I always thought that strange since in all the time I’ve lived in or near Springfield, I’ve never known anyone who had their car stolen. It happens, I’m sure, but it was odd that it happened to him on a visit.
A good man is gone.
Update: Ooops. Will has already covered this with a much better post and using the same picture. Oh well, I guess I need to check SpfldBloggers before posting in the morning.