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Journalist; Author of book about African-American sports heritage of Arkansas. heritageofsports.com

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Re: “Let's call the Razorback Stadium expansion a $226 million project

" the still unanswered question of whether UA must stand good for these bonds if bottom falls out of athletic revenue on account of losing teams; implosion of TV contract, etc."

Max & readers -- as far as you know, has such a hypothetical ever occurred in the wake of other major (or mid-sized) schools' decision to expand? Despite concerns of CTE, despite signs of flatlining attendance, it still seems college football is growing as strong as ever. I just haven't seen any of these financial horror stories pop up.

But I haven't looked (or asked Kristi Dosh), either.

Posted by evindemirel on 06/20/2016 at 11:17 AM

Re: “Arkansas connections to the JFK assassination and its aftermath

More great memories from Bill Carter, who protected JFK on his trip to Arkansas in October, 1963:

“There was a charisma there that I had never experienced. He used to punch the guys, make a joke to an agent. He was a buddy. I mean here’s a blueblood, shouldn’t be that way, but maybe due to his service in the Navy. He did cuss a bit. He was common, he was rich, well-educated, sophisticated but as common as if he was from Rector, Ark.,” Carter said, referring to his hometown.


Ok, one final plug. Below is my piece on the Arkansas game played the day afterward. A group of students protested this game, and interestingly, right after the news about JFK's death broke, the UA trustees took a vote on whether to allow their athletic programs break the color barrier:


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Posted by evindemirel on 11/22/2013 at 12:21 PM

Re: “Arkansas connections to the JFK assassination and its aftermath

@eLwood - Appreciate the good word. As Olphart mentions above, Arkansan Billy Bob Thorton has contributed to the JFK legacy by playing the secret service agent who obtained the Zapruder film.

Also, I was given a head's up about another person. Per Betsey Wright:

"Henry Oliver, recently deceased, of Fort Smith, was still with the FBI at the time of the assassination. His assignment was to reconstruct every day of Oswald's life. I know he presented his findings to investigating committees and commissions."


Posted by evindemirel on 11/22/2013 at 11:59 AM

Re: “Like '42'? Come and listen to a tale of the Cotton States League

I really hope somebody is still alive who saw Jackie Robinson play baseball in southwest Little Rock - likely in the 1940s. Sonny Walker told me about this last year.

Also I found it fascinating that Bentonville had an all-black baseball team in the early 1900s -


Posted by evindemirel on 05/07/2013 at 1:25 PM


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