Russell Viers, who began working computers as a teen at the Lamar Daily Democrat, and who worked for me briefly there, will be a presenter at the Missouri Press Association's annual convention at the Lodge of the Four Seasons Sept. 22-24. A short feature on Viers is included in this month's Missouri Press News and his face is on the cover.
According to the article, Viers is an "Adobe certified training provider who travels the globe teaching the techniques of pre-press computer programs." His topic at the convention will be using software to enhance digital photographs.
What I remember most about Russell Viers, who now lives in the Kansas City area, was his fanatical devotion to soccer, and the closest thing to soccer in Lamar was high school football. Viers was a soccer-style kicker for the Tigers and memory serves me correctly, at one point had the record for longest field goal in Lamar history.
He later turned that love of soccer into a short-lived soccer newspaper.