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Bob Wilson

Bob Wilson

President | Wilson McLeran | Class of 1952

“Go get ’em, Scoop,” Bob Wilson’s dorm mates would chant as he hopped on his bike in pursuit of a developing news story.

“It was usually corn-centered,” he says.

Those were the days, the Class of 1952 grad says from Boston.

“I guess my time at The Daily Illini for a couple of years stand out most,” he says. “I started with the ag school beat my first semester at the paper and worked up to co-writing a satirical — in this case, meaning very selective — history of the university, alternating weekly chapters with another reporter.

“Those first days, when I was a dorm resident in the PGU — the Parade Ground Units — were memorable for the cries (from friends) as I jumped on my bike to run down a late-breaking story at Mumford House.”