How delighted I was to see the familiar face of war correspondent Ernie Pyle in your column last week. My dad was a professor of journalism at Indiana University from 1920-1928; Ernie Pyle was one of his students. Dad told us when Ernie was asked by a reporter why he majored in journalism, he replied, "I heard it was easy."
My father wrote two books while he was at Indiana: "Newspaper Make-up and Headlines" (used as a text) and "Newspapers in Community Service."
While visiting the Hawaiian Islands in 1958, my parents and I went to the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu where Ernie Pyle is buried. We wanted to pay homage to the humble man from the Hoosier state whose incredible descriptive writing made one feel and learn and never ever forget him.
Susan Radder, Chino