I was looking for some pictures of myself for the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame banquet Feb. 3 and as I went through my desk and four drawer filing cabinet and credenza I realized I am a pack rat.
I found the 1991-92 Southwest Conference Media Directory. Of all the people listed under the University of Arkansas the only one still working there is Mary Lynn Gibson, who is the assistant to the head basketball coach.
In the print media section there were four people from the old Arkansas Democrat listed; Orville Henry, Steven Caldwell, Bob Holt and me. The Dallas Morning News list was was 13 people. In the Broadcast media section there were six people listed from Arkansas, only Steve Sullivan is still working in TV.
I also found my 1992 Arkansas Pike’s Peak Team Members book here’s what the opening comments were about yours truly: ‘The buzzards are circling over Manitou, waiting for Wally’s return. In ’90 he shocked the state by surviving the Barr Trail in 5:36.’ I trained six weeks for that half-marathon up Pike’s Peak, and after ’92 swore I’d never go back and haven’t.
Among the other items found was the yearbook from my 20 year reunion, numerous legal documents concerning the UA and a ton of letters, one dating back to 1980.
Believe it or not, I threw some of the stuff away, just not any that I mentioned here.