Ronald “Ronny” Andrews, a freshman from North Little Rock, wrote and produced a campus newspaper in grade school, then returned to media by working on the yearbook his senior year at North Little Rock Northeast Senior High School.
Andrews is curious about journalism as a career. He expects to learn more about media and its job of providing information as an important function of a democratic republic.
Because he wants to be an Air Force pilot before becoming a journalist, he took Dawn Wacker to see “Top Gun” on a first date. It’s a great patriotic movie with Tom Cruise, last seen in “Risky Business.” Andrews recently bought Guns ‘n’ Roses “Appetite for Destruction” cassette and Pink Floyd’s “A Momentary Lapse of Reason” CD at WalMart.
Joseph Conrad’s “The Heart of Darkness” and Jim Morrison’s biography “No One Gets Out of Here Alive” stand out among the books Sitton’s read to this point. Conrad’s book provided the back story to “Apocalypse Now” and looks at the darker side of man. Andrews thinks it’s cool that Morrison could go into another room and leave you with his books, then return and ask you to recite a quote from something you read while he was out; Mr. Mojo Risin’ could tell you the author, book title and page number where the quote came from. Of course, the greatest book Andrews has read would be The Bible.
Andrews admires the Arkansas Gazette as it’s the oldest paper west of the Mississippi River. He kept reprints of the original issue from a tour he took of the Territorial Restoration. He also was lucky enough to see the presses run during a class field trip.
Andrews uses TRS-80 computers with the 5 1/4″ floppy disks before switching to the MacIntosh and its 2 1/2″ floppy disks. It’s a complete wonder compared to typing then having to retype everything whenever you made a mistake; he still keeps correction tape as a possible backup.
The World Wide Web won’t appear while he’s an undergrad. Andrews-Sitton believes in working hard and playing harder. His hobbies include most team sports, disc golf, canasta, and music of all kinds.
Andrews stays busy singing in the UALR Concert Choir and working part-time as a server at Shoney’s in North Little Rock near McCain Mall. He anticipates graduating in 1991. Andrews doesn’t know if he’ll attend graduate school, but he believes he will be successful at anything he puts his mind to.