Also found in the July 5, 1979 edition, is an introductory letter to readers, written by Robert Mau. 

Even though the words are from 40 years ago, the sentiment remains.

 Dear Readers,

I hope you’re not expecting promises of grandeur, for I have none to offer. I m glad that this edition even rolled off the press. The past few days have been hectic ones, filled with welcomed interruptions from well-wishers. The cards, plants, long-distance phone calls, the cup of coffee, and the handshakes have already made this business venture seem worthwhile.

But now I have to start thinking about what to do with this thing called the Herscher Pilot. I view it as nothing more, and nothing less, than a newspaper…a community newspaper. And what’s wrong with that?

 My ideas of a newspaper are pretty simple. A newspaper conveys messages to its readers. Those messages come in many forms.

It might be a lengthy article on the school board. Or it might be a few paragraphs on someone’s personal milestone.

And instead of 10,000 words, it might just be a photograph. 

That message could be contained within the boarders of an advertisement. Maybe through a gaudy grand opening heading. Or maybe in the small telephone number or store hour listing at the bottom of the ad.

The message may come in an editorial. I hope to express a responsible opinion once in a while. And I hope you will, too. Address those letters to the Herscher Pilot, P.O. Box 709, Herscher, Illinois, 60941. Remember, I said “responsible” opinion. Please sign your letters.

I owe a lot of favors to a lot of people.

Maybe I should go back 203 years and give a postmortem thanks to a group of irate patriots who fumed in a hot Philadelphia chamber while they denounced a king across the sea. They dreamed of freedom. That freedom of the press principle keeps me in business.

I have five publishers to thank. In one way or another, they’ve all been good teachers. Their pointers on this business will be invaluable.

Alice, Jackie, and Lora deserve a pat on the back. They’re the ones who were expected to learn all of the new policies and office procedures in five minutes. I hope they’ll remind me what I’ve told them.

My thanks go to the advertisers who have used the Pilot to bring their goods and services to their customers. They pay the bills.

Kendall Wenzelman helped by translating brief phone calls and scratch paper memos into the needed language to make this legal. I want to list a few names – Albert and Elizabeth Mau, Mark and Beth Jones, Rosie, Mark and Sharon Jensen, Dick Duval, Mr. and Mrs. Arley Wilson, Brian and Becky Berger, Chuck Riker, and Whitey. I could go on.

I’m counting heavily on you, the readers. Your compliments and criticisms will be considered in working up the guidelines of this newspaper. I hope to give you the news you want to read. And the news I think you need to read. Your suggestions won’t always be followed. But I promise to listen. Our number is 426-2132.

I’m proud to be your publisher. And I hope you keep on reading.



Robert Mau