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That Championship Team brings back memories of a Dad

Father's Day Anthology for June 21, 2009

A MEMORY for FATHER'S DAY 2009: Dr. Roger D. Smith recalls visits to Memorial Coliseum while he was a dental student at UK and the flashbacks which brought memories of The Game in 1955, a game he watched with his father, still living then, but who died in 1991.
About: Fifty-four year old program from past ACHS time of glory

By Roger Smith, DMD

While at the University Of Kentucky College Of Dentistry I had to escape for a few hours one day.

I started walking and found myself standing in front of Memorial Coliseum. It was one of those days that I'm sure other people have had when you can't decide if you're really in the right place or you've got a severe case of wanting to go home.


Standing there I remembered being in that building in 1955 watching Hack, Coonie, and the gang take on Hazard.

So being this lost country boy, I timidly head inside to just look at the lobby; doing so I then peek through the old wooden doors, and suddenly, I'm inside.

I remember that only a few lights were on and fully expected to be thrown out at any minute, but now I looked up and saw the area that I had stood with my father to watch the championship game.

For some reason, I suddenly got real brave and ventured up the steps into the darkness to again stand with my Dad and see the game. Hack brings the ball down and fires into the corner --Coonie shoots from the corner . . .
and then a voice behind me says "Son, Who's Playing?"To say that my heart stopped is not to be totally truthful!Seems that one of the old janitors had his eye one me the whole time andI stammered as good of an explanation as I could.

We sat for a while and talked about who played for who and his memory of Adair County was pretty much on.

I went back a few more times to look at the floor and to talk to my Dad.

It seemed to help during the really bad twenty hour days.

Before my Dad passed away I told him about my trip to the Coliseum, and how much that trip meant to me to keep on going when things got tough.

Dad passed away in August 1991, and as Fathers Day comes near it seems that this memory and so many others become very dear.

My thanks to the team of 1955.


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