Meet new columnists – Kyle and Derek
By Steve Lee
LAND O’ LAKES — Kyle LoJacono and Derek Highley penned their first columns for The Laker/Lutz News in our Sept. 30 editions and I must say, “Thanks, guys.”
LoJacono came to us this summer and has worked his way up from correspondent to staff writer. Highley is a golf professional who enthusiastically answered the call to pen an occasional column on that sport.
Their initial forays into sharing opinions with you were well-written and had just the right amount of personality sprinkled in. Hoped you liked their debuts as much as I did, and please feel free to send us feedback.
Our new columnists in sports join yours truly, as well as fishing columnists Ric Liles and Scott Keith. As for the pages before the sports section, we have no less than five columnists.
Randy Grantham, an attorney from Lutz, writes on the topics of today with most of his, often humorous, material pertaining to the law.
Richard Wendlek, who along with his wife Connie transformed Academy at the Lakes from a day care to a prestigious private learning center, authors Family Life. He espouses on the virtues of family values and dealing with today’s issues. Eileen Kanter is another educational columnist who authors Successful Students.
Bill Riddle provides a tongue-in-cheek look at answering society’s most pressing questions. Well, not really, but his funny takes in a Q. and A. format sure do provide a unique perspective.
Lastly, wacky Dr. Dr. Thayer (yes, his name really is Dr. Dr.) takes readers back to the 1960s with his zany Zixties column. Thayer owns and hosts a radio show based in Zephyrhills.
Getting back to LoJacono and Highley, expect to see more of their columns. While they will not contribute on a weekly basis each plans to share his opinion as issues or matters arise.
In a very short time, LoJacono has proven to be a valuable member of our staff. In addition to sports, the 23-year-old writes features and news stories.
As for Highley, to say he is a golf enthusiast is an understatement. The 39-year-old Wesley Chapel resident owns Global Golf Marketing. He lives in Lexington Oaks, but often plays the Plantation Palms course in Land O’ Lakes.