MATTOON — Lisa Wilt, inspirational book author and Mattoon native, will host a book signing from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 21, at the Mattoon Public Library.
Wilt’s books have won three Illumination Book Awards. These awards honor the best new titles of the year written and published with a Christian worldview.
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All of Wilt’s books have been written to encourage and uplift readers by inspiring hope. “WOW” (Words Of Encouragement) by Lisa can be heard Monday through Saturday at 12:20 p.m. and 11:20 p.m. on streaming radio Life885.com, WBGL’s sister radio station.
All proceeds from Wilt’s books and speaking engagements are donated to charity.
My Town: Clint Walker’s Memories of Coles County From the Archives
Cosmic blue comics
From Nov. 22, 1992, Journal Gazette, this photo from Cosmic Blue Comics in Mattoon; where I spent almost every Saturday afternoon for about two years. This little back room that you see just to the right of the Coca-Cola sign was where they kept the many, and I mean the long boxes of back issues. I still have my bagged copy of “Tales of the Beanworld” issue 1 that I found there. Sadly, this place is now just a “green space”.
Pictured is Bob Murray of Shelbyville from the June 2, 1982 Journal Gazette displaying his dominance over the TRON arcade game at the “Carousel Time” arcade at Cross County Mall, later Aladdin’s Castle, shortly long after to no longer be a thing anymore. I spent pretty much every Saturday in this arcade, maybe with the exact same haircut. No overalls though. I was more of a “Pacific Ocean” type.
Pictured, November 28, 1988 Journal Gazette, Icenogle’s grocery store. Being from Cooks Mills, we didn’t often shop at Icenogle…but when we did, even as a child, I knew that was how a grocery store was supposed to be in a perfect world, and it wasn’t. isn’t just because they had wooden floors, comic books on the magazine rack, or lots, and I mean lots, of trading cards in wax packets.
I had long since left Cooks Mills by the time this Showcase article on Adam’s Groceries was published in the Journal Gazette on June 13, 1998, but there was a time when I very well could have been one of those children on this photo; because if it was summer, you had a bike and you lived in Cooks Mills, that’s where you ended up. At last report they still had Tab in the Pepsi branded cooler in the back. I am seriously considering asking my fundraiser if I could afford to reopen this place.
Pictured is a July 16, 1987 Journal Gazette advertisement for Mister Music, formerly located in the Cross County Mall. I didn’t buy records at that age, but I would eventually, and that’s where it all happened. If you don’t think it sounds “cool” hanging out in a record store with your buddies on a Friday night, a hot driver’s license in your wallet, you’re right. But it’s the best a geek like me can do. Wherever you Mister Music owners are today, know that a Minutemen album I found in your cheap trash can changed my life.
sound source guitar throw
Portrait of the author as a young man, about to throw a guitar through a target during that year’s Sound Source Music guitar throwing contest, from April 18, 1994, Journal Gazette. Look at my grunge-era hoodie, and yes…look, those are Air Jordans you see at my feet. Addendum: Despite what the cutline says, I didn’t win a guitar.
Pictured, taken from the online archives at JG-TC.com, is an April 18, 1994 photo of Journal Gazette of Sound Source Music Guitar Throwing contest winner, and current JG-TC staff writer Clint Walker.
Here Today, Gone Tomorrow, Vette’s Teen Club, June 20, 1991, Journal Gazette. I wasn’t “cool” enough to hang out with Vette in his “golden age”, and by “cool enough” I mean, “not proficient enough at parking lot fights”. If only I could get to it now.
FutureGen: The End of the Beginning, and Finally, the Beginning of the End, December 19, 2007, JG-TC. I wish I had paid more attention back then. I probably should have read the newspaper.