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To the editor:
"It is very saddening to hear of the recent passing
of Mr. Michael Fak. He wasn't your typical news person in my
opinion. He was a person that was always there when there was an
event, story, or whatever going on in Logan County. From the Logan
County Fair, to the Lincoln Art and Ballon Festival and the like,
you knew Mike was going to be there. He always had such a passion
for the stories he covered. He would always be there with his camera
and he always had amazing pictures to post on the Logan County
Herald. He was also a person that was fun to talk too. I know I
would always say hello to him when I saw him; whether I saw him at
any of the events, to just seeing him out and about. I would always
say hello or wave at him. It was also very easy to see when he was
out. The vehicle he drove a lot is a greenish/bluish van that my
family had years ago when I was very young.
Mike's passing came as a big shock to me as it did for many other
Lincoln residents. Nothing seemed to be wrong regarding his health
and he seemed to be going strong from my point of view. I first saw
his passing on Facebook this past Sunday on August 31. At first I
didn't want to believe it. Why? Because it's Facebook. Sometimes
things get posted that aren't true; but as the day progressed and I
saw more posts of his passing, I knew it was true.
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It was hard for me to grasp this. While I didn't know him great, I
felt like I lost a great friend. Mike was one that would post my
pictures on the Logan County Herald, and I am thankful for that. I
have also been thankful for the Lincoln Daily News and the Lincoln
Courier for sharing my pictures too, but that isn't the topic here.
The topic here is that Mike appreciated submissions into the Logan
County Herald. We all know news people cannot be everywhere, the
submissions help out with coverage. Mike told me one time "If it
fits the groove," in this case he meant my pictures, it would get
put in. Let me end on this note. While it is sad that Mike passed
away, let's not dwell and be extremely saddened about his passing;
Let's rejoice in the life that he lived and the smiles he had on his
face; and also the smiles he captured on camera. Best Regards to the
Lincoln Community from here in Macomb, IL at Western Illinois
University, Devin Biggs"
September 10, 2014]
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