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Bill R., you out there?

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Posted: Wednesday, August 24, 2011 3:00 am

Bill Ruddecke, if you’re reading this please call me.

Forgive me if I butchered the spelling of your last name. I’m spelling it phonetically based on the phone message you left me a week ago about a remarkable local woman and a milestone in her life.

You were kind enough to call and even left me two numbers. The problem is one number didn’t work; the other belonged to a nice young lady who graciously listened to my story about my search for you. I’m not sure how I wrote down two numbers wrong, but there you have it.

Whatever the case, please call me at 797-4384 or drop me an email at I’d love to hear more about the fascinating lady you mentioned in your voicemail.

This week I’m also in search of interns to work at The Explorer. I’m like to offer high school- and college-level journalism students the opportunity to hone their editorial and photographic skills covering the faces, events, entertainment, sports and issues making news not only at their schools but also in our coverage areas.

Explorer photographer Randy Metcalf and I have trained interns who have gone on to have successful professional careers in those fields. We’re looking for go-getters who have some experience with their school newspaper, yearbook and other like publications. If you feel you have what it takes, please send me a resume and cover letter at

Thank you to everyone who has shared their memories of 9/11. I invite the rest of you to submit your stories and photos as well. We’d love to hear from more of you as we prepare a special section to mark the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.

Please email us and share your thoughts about that awful morning and its aftermath. How did you react? How did it affect your life? Did you know anyone any of the victims or first-responders? Did you participate in any fundraisers? How has it changed your life today?

What do you remember? Please share your thoughts. Please email me at

On a related note, we’re giving away two premium tickets to see Remembrance Renewal on Sept. 11 at UA’s Centennial Hall. It is being performed by Tucson Chamber Artists in partnership with Tucson Symphony Orchestra and UA Presents.

This special concert will feature a performance of Mozart’s Requiem as well as the world premiere of a new work written for TCA by acclaimed composer Stephen Paulus.

Ticket prices range from $15 to $60, but one lucky Explorer reader can win a pair of premium tickets (valued at $120!). Send your name, address and phone number to The Explorer by email at by Sept. 2. Be sure to write “9/11 Concert Tickets” in the subject line.

You also can drop off your entry or mail it to: The Explorer 9/11 Ticket Giveaway, 7225 N. Mona Lisa Road, #125, Tucson, AZ 85741. Entries must be received by 5 p.m. Sept. 2. (To order tickets, call 621-3341 or visit

Have a great week!

— Wendy Miller

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