Of the hundreds of reporters and editors who worked at The Star, few matched Bill Hines, now of the Chicago Sun-Times, in the speed and zest with which he tackled a story. As The Star's science reporter, Bill was in Manhattan covering the ticker-tape parade honoring astronaut John Glenn. About 15 minutes before the night-final deadline of 1:25 p.m. the wire services bulletined the crash of a passenger plane at La Guardia Airport.
Simultaneously Bill was on the phone saying he was on his way to the crash scene. At 1:45 p.m., just 10 minutes before the front page was to leave the composing room for the press, Bill was dictating a complate account of the crash for that upcoming edition. Less than an hour later he was back on the phone reporting for the final Stocks edition that among the dead was A. Alton Jones, then a top executive of Cities Service oil company. Bill had beaten the wires by at least sundown and given The Star a complete story -- today's news today.
Later, when deadlines had passed, Bill explained how he had been able to gather so many facts in so short a time. It had been easy, he said. He had ridden from Manhattan to La Guardia on a fire truck and so could listen to the fire department's radio, getting his information direct and considerably ahead of his competitors.