Jack Simms attended junior high school and high school in Auburn. After Marine Corps service—combat on Iwo Jima—he received an English-journalism degree from Auburn. He was editor of the student newspaper and met his wife-to-be, Lassie Jo Rounds, at the Plainsman office, where she also worked. Their first date was to the annual Plainsman banquet. Simms received a master’s in journalism from LSU and worked twenty-three years for the Associated Press before returning in 1974 to head Auburn’s newly established department of journalism. He retired in 1992.
Mickey Logue was a member of the Auburn University Journalism faculty for twenty-eight years. He, his wife, Glenda, their sons, Steve and Kyle, and Kyle’s wife, Ruth Ann, are Auburn graduates, as are ten other family members. Logue served in the Army and worked on the Montgomery Advertiser, Atlanta Constitution, and Birmingham News before joining the faculty and becoming Plainsman adviser in 1964. He later served as visiting assistant editor of the Chronicle of Higher Education.