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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Anniversary issue failed to recognize injured Lobo staff

Editor,

As a former review editor and managing editor of the New Mexico Daily Lobo I was pleased to see that the anniversary issue had coverage of the New Mexico National Guard’s invasion of campus in May 1970.

I was, however, surprised to see no mention that Lobo staffers were injured in two of the incidents covered in that article. Charles Andrews, while covering the march, was injured by a rock thrown by Albuquerque High students, losing the vision in one eye.

In turn, while taking photographs for the Lobo and ultimately for the back and front covers of the Thunderbird, which was the UNM literary/arts student publication then, was the 11th person to be bayoneted by the Guard.

While my back was turned on them to aide a wounded student I was bayoneted in the lower back.

I was also surprised this spring at the Lobo reunion sponsored by the UNM Alumni Association that no photos or mention was made of the Lobo staffers who put themselves in harm’s way to cover news of import to the University community.

Stephen Part