Letter to the Editor

Taylor left legacy of quality

Tuesday, March 30, 2004

To the editor:

In the movie "Waiting for Guffman" a group of residents of the fictional town of Blair, Mo., assemble a community theater troupe and put on a show in the hopes that a mysterious backer (Guffman) will see it and take them and the show to Broadway. Guffman never appears, but each resident comes away oddly enriched by the experience.

I recommended this movie to Herb Taylor. He loved it, partly because he was a man of the theater, but (I suspect) also because he took a group of near-outcasts at Southeast Missouri State University and nurtured them and KRCU into a functioning, professional unit that produced work that stands today and attracted other students into the broadcasting program and fields like me.

Besides the hard-core mass communications students who came away infinitely better for knowing him, even the most casual student who only took the Introduction to Broadcasting course could not help but come away enriched by his amazing intellect, warmth, charm, wit, spirituality and humanism.

Thanks and farewell, Herb.

ARTHUR WILHITE

Cape Girardeau