Tuesday, July 25, 2006
In many ways, the media is a great part of the story. Mike Brown, Lowell Cade, Ernie, Harry, Bud and others all were there, working, trying to tell the story with heavy or buoyant hearts. I can hear and see each, the years no fog to there friendly demeanor and respectful questions and comments.
Again, thank you...especially for the praise for and remembrances of Nate Ruffin. "We Are Marshall" will be the greatest tribute to his desire that the story of The Herd and Young Herd be told over and over again, as inspiration, as a testament, and as a path to mutual respect and love.
Sports Information Director
In memory of Art Harris (#22) and his father, Arthur Harris Sr.
From a fellow alum of his high school, Passaic HS, Passaic, NJ.
Artie was a multi-talented, two-sport athlete who shined like a star. He was a personable young man who showed so much promise. His dad sat in the stands with us, gave us rides home when it rained, and supported his boy in all that he did.
When I heard the news that awful November day, that Artie and his father were gone, I was stunned. I mourned for his mom, his sister, his fiancee and his young son. That boy is 37 years old now. A whole lifetime has gone by without knowing what a fine young man his father was, and never knowing his grandfather.
This was a tragedy in so many ways. I wept for the loss of everyone on that plane that day, and the town of Passaic, our home town, that lost one of its heroes.
Monday, July 24, 2006
I was 13 years old when the Marshall tragedy happened. My cousin, assistant coach Frank Loria was on that plane. He and his wife were expecting their third child.
This child is now a very fine young man, who only knows his dad through other people's knowledge of him. I personally feel that this upcoming movie will give his son and his other two children a sense of pride that their father died that horrible night but is not forgotten.
My mom is now 91 years old and remembers that day as if it was yesterday because Frank Loria was her older brother's son. Frank was always a great son, nephew, cousin, husband and most of all a great human being. Even though I have moved from WV, 28 years ago, I am so proud that this movie is being made. This state doesn't always get the best of recognition so I am anxiously awaiting for the viewing of this most couragious story of "We are Marshall".
Port Jefferson, NY
"The Pain We Fill When Someone Leaves Our Lives, is in direct proportion thet bring while a part of our lives."
They often say when a beloved sports figure passes away that "heaven need a champion."
Well, on 11-14-1970, heaven got 75 champions. Mike Blake was the 1969 heavyweight state champion (18-0) wrestling champion -- the first ever state wrestling champion from Huntington East. His picture hangs the wall at the new Huntington High School.
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
I HAD TUCKED OUR TWO LITLE ONES INTO BED AND TURNED ON THE TV. I KEPT ON HEARING, "THERE ARE NO SURVIVORS... THERE ARE NO SURVIVORS." FRIENDS STARTED COMING TO MY HOME..THEY WON'T LET ME GO TO THE AIRPORT. SOMEONE LIT A FIRE IN THE FIREPLACE. THEN I WAS ALONE. IN THE WEE HOURS OF THE MORNING, I AWOKE AND WAS OVERWHEMED WITH THE LOSS. AND I WEPT IN THE QUIETNESS OF OUR BEDROOM.
Monday, July 17, 2006
My brother Stuart Cottrell, a sophomore in 1970, was one of the youngest who died in the plane crash. Today, July 17th, is his birthday--he would have been 55. Instead, because of that horrible accident so many years ago, he will always be 19.
Sunday, July 16, 2006