Saying goodbye to coach Murray
Several months have passed since my old Storm Lake St. Mary's high school basketball and baseball coach passed away in January at age 87 and I meant to write a tribute to him before illness impacted my life and job for a few months. Well, I'm back more or less, but my old coach John Murray isn't and won't ever be. And that brings sadness to me and brother Giles every time we think of him...
Struck Strikes Out: Wisin' to those risin' Bison
A famous line from the classic movie 'Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid' was "Who are those guys?" as a group of cowboys not to be denied persisted in tracking down and capturing lawbreakers Butch & Sundance. Well, it's a good bet folks in Iowa City and Hawkeye football fans everywhere last Saturday were asking that same question after the North Dakota State University Bison stalked and captured the Hawkeyes 23-21 in what was billed as a big school-little school football mismatch for the-then #13 D-1 Iowa team.. ...
Struck Strikes Out: 49ers QB sacks himself
Many years ago as a rookie reporter for the then Cherokee Daily Times, I was assigned to cover and photograph the traditional Memorial Day Services so wonderfully staged each year at Oak Hill Cemetery. As the National Anthem began to play and everyone stood, I noticed an elderly man confined in a wheelchair with tears trickling down his cheeks while his wife stood proudly at his side. I walked over and asked his wife if he was OK...
Struck Strikes Out: Livin' and Lyin' with the choices I've made
I was out partying with Lyin' Rochte and a couple of his swimming buddies the other night and they got so drunk I could hardly see them. As is his wont, Lyin' insisted on buying the rounds because he was making so much money with all his endorsement deals and Olympic fame. I just went along for the ride even though I figured he was doing nothing more than buying friends because he didn't have too many legit buddies...
Struck Strikes Out: Down, not out
There's an episode on History TV's Iowa-based "American Pickers" where a freaky dude tells Mike and Frank when they're interested in an item to "Just put it in the pile." Well, I was put in a pile about four months ago when my kidneys failed and by the grace of God, medical technology, a loving family, and many cherished friends I never knew I had, I managed to crawl out of that pile, battle back to a semblance of normal life, and sit here today trying to get back in the groove as a journalist for which I've devoted most of my adult life because a beloved nun, the late Sister Bernadine, told me I was equipped for it.. ...
Struck Strikes Out