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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.

http://www.wilsonpost.com/remembering-jfk-…

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:

http://www.sportinglifearkansas.com/evin-d…

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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."

http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-m…

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 -

http://evindemirel.com/2012/08/07/vanishin…

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

 

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