Wednesday, January 28, 2009

A Legacy

Coach Kay Yow 1942-2009

First head coach of the NC State Wolfpack Women's basketball program.
Pioneer for women's basketball.
Competitor. Cancer survivor. Inspiration. Always a teacher.

And respected by many a rival.

Many teams across the country and probably all of the conference teams wore pink uniforms or at least pink shoelaces this week. The ones they have for Feb and Hoops for Hope. My Tar Heels wore pink with blue numbers at Maryland.

Articles that say more than I ever knew:
The announcement from NSCU: Yow passes peacefully Saturday morning
Another story from NCSU: Yow's last gift to her team
From an ESPN analyst: Yow's considerable efforts will live on
and a Year by year career from ESPN

ESPN did a nice job with the video tributes over the weekend.

All three of the major tv network local affiliates carried the on campus tribute live tonight.


Thursday, January 22, 2009


I had a flashback today - to my undergrad years and the brief time I spent with the campus radio station WMFO.

Here's how it happened:
UNC Women's Basketball team is away at Georgia Tech.
The local radio coverage is an AM station that I cannot get at home after dark because I live too far away.
The local internet broadcast requires SilverLight 2.0 which is not available for my Linux boxes.
The Georgia Tech radio station - WREK - is broadcasting the game and has free online streaming.

So I am listening to the GT announcers. But it is the ads that remind me that it is a campus radio station which in turn takes me down memory lane. There are several ads for regular WREK programming. It was the ad for the program "Coffee and Sushi" that made think if college and also think that I should post.

[note: we were ahead by 15, now it is tied. I better "Go where I go, do what I do" as Woody would say.]


Tuesday, January 20, 2009

A Historic Day

Today was a snow day. Even if it wasn't, I planned to watch the Inauguration of the 44th President of the United States. So I spent much of the day caught up watching all the coverage. Even through the TV, I could feel the energy, the excitement, and the pure emotion of the people who traveled to our capitol.

The sea of people was amazing. I was remembering times that I have been to Washington D.C. and particularly when I sang with my church youth choir on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

The stories told by people who participated in the civil rights movement were moving. It reminded me of when I was in junior high and we had a visitor come and tell of surviving the Holocaust. I listened to the stories that are hard to remember and the pride in the changes that have occurred and the hope that the past will not be repeated in the future, knowing that the stories must be told for change to occur.

I enjoyed listening to the history of past Presidents and past Inaugurations. I particularly enjoyed listening to Luci Johnson talk about being a teenager in the White House and of her father's contributions to the history made today.

There were cameras everywhere and I look forward to seeing many photos. It will be interesting to see which ones are famous 4 and 40 years from now. One of my favorite sites is BBC News In Pictures. Of course they did not disappoint for this historic day.