Monday, March 26, 2012

Alabama event: “Coaches expressed special bond…”

        I got a chance to talk to the sportswriter who covered the museum exhibit dedication ceremony held in honor of the four Tuscaloosa, Alabama players who died in the 1970 Marshall plane crash. Larry Sanders, Joe Hood, Freddy Wilson and Robert Van Horn were all graduates of Druid High School in Tuscaloosa.
       Chris Pow writes for, a state-wide news website that covers Alabama. I thought it would be interesting to talk to Pow, especially since he was born several years after the crash. I wanted to hear his point of view as someone who had no personal connections or recollections of the tragedy.
        I’m told that among those in attendance, there were 50 people who represented the families of the four players who were also my former MU football teammates.
        “It was an event that the community really wanted,” Pow said. “It’s been a long time coming. What I remember most if how the coaches (Carl Kokor, Mickey Jackson and Ken O’Rourke) expressed the special bond they had with the players. People were happy to have any sort of recognition to honor them.”
       For more information about the dedication ceremony, click on the link below to read Pow’s article.

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