Roger Ebert has said that he was born in a town that was the center of the universe (Ebert 2011). In his blog and memoir he spoke lovingly of Urbana and Champaign, and of all the good fortune that he was afforded in his lifetime. Ebert was a small…

Reproduced with permission from the University of Illinois Archives Blog (archives.illinois.edu/blog) When Joseph Tykosinki-Tykociner arrived at the University of Illinois in 1921, little did the itinerant electrical engineer know that his dream…

Born in Urbana in 1899 to Dr. and Mrs. F.O. Sale, Virginia Sale was the younger sister to Charles “Chic” Sale, a famous comedian. Her exact date of birth is unknown, as it was not required in Champaign County during this time to record a birth…