Ronald Andrews-Sitton

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.


7 Tips for a Media-Free Day

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MJ1: Generational Media Differences

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School Daze: Go Directly to First Grade

Be on the lookout! Arkansas schools welcome primary and students back today. I never attended kindergarten. Don’t reckon I suffered from it. Mom taught us how to read by reading to us as we tried to read along. I confess: I cannot remember my first day of school. At this point in life, memories start … Continue reading

MJ3: Media Free 2k10

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National Park of the Day – Great Smoky Mountains

For those wondering, this week’s celebrating the U.S. National Parks and Ken Burns’ documentary showing on PBS. After staying West for most of the week, it’s time to turn attention to the Eastern United States. The Great Smoky Mountains hold a special place in my heart for many reasons, some of which I will describe. … Continue reading

Prom pARTy for PEG Confessional

See the story behind my submissions used in the Historic Arkansas Museum’s “pARTy for Peg” display fabricated by celebration artist Alice Guffey Miller.