Tuesday, June 18, 2019

1976 XC team





Some good friends and a future roommate appear in this pic the year I really started running well (better?).  I still didn't think I would ever make it onto a team like this, but I was doing 2-a-days just to make an effort at it.

Coach Groves, in just his 8th year at the helm, really was starting to put together solid "all American" teams, just as the NCAA was starting to become more and more international.

1976: 

  • Apple Computers was started by Jobs and Wozniak.
  • The Concorde supersonic plane took to the skies.
  • Rocky achieved immortality by losing his title fight to Apollo Creed. 
  • The Space Shuttle entered space for the first time.
  •  Mao Zedong died in China.
  • Nadia Comaneci was perfect 7 times at the Olympics.
  • Howard Hughes dies at age 70.

Monday, June 17, 2019

A New Alumni Record!


Brannon Kidder placed third in the Brooks PR 1500M with a time of 3:35.27.  That eclipses the old Alumni Record of  3:38.4 held by Larry Mangan from 1982.  Brannon's time converts to a splendid 3:52.5 Mile, which would also outpace the Alumni Record of Larry's from 1984, 3:56.9!

Lancaster, Ohio's third Nittany Lion great!

Sunday, June 16, 2019

1975 - Penn State Is The NCAA XC Focus



  • The NCAA Championships were held at the Blue/White Course and the Nittany Lions come through with a top-4 finish!
  • Craig "Surgin" Virgin outduels Nick Rose on the 10K course laid out by Coach GrovesFriend of the Group Craig Virgin later commends Coach for his hospitality after being sent a handwritten letter and Nittany Lion statue.  He still displays them with honor.
1975:
  • The movie "Jaws" becomes the first ever blockbuster movie.
  • Patty Hearst is kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army.
  • Both Betamax and VHS are released to the wild.
  • Margaret Thatcher becomes the first UK female Prime Minister.
  • I started running every day in July 1975 after purchasing Nike running shoes from Greg Feredericks at the Athletic Attic on South Allen St. in State College.  I had him autograph my new running log.  Little did I know then, we were both nerds!  And it is 75,000 miles later.
  • Jimmy Hoffa disappears.
  • The Captain and Tennille top the Billboard with Love Will Keep Us Together

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

1974 XC Team / Another Top Ten NCAA Finish



1974:

  • Richard Nixon became the first President to resign before being impeached.
  • President Ford unconditionally pardoned Nixon, with barely a peep from anyone.
  • Muhammad Ali became only the second heavyweight to regain the Championship over George Foreman in the "Rumble in the Jungle".
  • Stephen King published his first novel, "Carrie".
  • Inflation was >11%.
  • Average income was $13,900.
  • National Speed limit reduced to 55mph.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Alumni Performances Of Note


The NCAA track season may be over, but the professionals soldier on.  And the two greatest strengths of the recent  Program history are still at it.   PSU is 800U and PSU is Shot Put U...

In Rome, Joe Kovacs and Darrell Hill heaved the metal ball over 21 meters each.  Darrell placed 2nd at the Diamond League Event in 21.71 (71 feet 2.72 inches), while Joe was 4th with 21.46 (70 feet 4.88 inches).

And on the Left Coast at the Portland Track Classic, Brannon Kidder bettered the USATF 800M standard with a 3rd place 1:46.51 time.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Putting On The Alumni Reunion And Golf Tourney Is Hard Work


Some of you may not know how much work that Clark Haley and Harry Smith put in nearly all year in preparation for our annual get-togethers.  For nineteen years, Clark has handled chores beyond what you would expect, and Harry came on board maybe 15 years ago to take some strain off the Group's Founder.  Many people contribute, and all contributions are very much appreciated.

I do very little work on these things, as my job is to "herd the cats" toward the event with my ramblings on this blog, which has met with some success in its 11 years.  My hope is that this trend continues.  Any help you offer is quite welcome.

Todd Leggett, Greg Fredericks and John Zeigler watch Harry Smith labor to inflate a cactus for the Alumni Triathlon. Photo by Ken Brinker.
The First Annual Alumni Triathlon consisted of:

  • The Cactus Throw
  • The Frisbee Discus Throw
  • and The Golf Ball Roll
Clark Haley won both the Frisbee Throw and the Golf Ball Roll to take the Crown. John "Ziggy" Zeigler won the Cactus Throw. 


The Triathlon Trophy prior to Friday night surgery.

Restored trophy.
Odie the Shih Tzu on his first trip to Penn State.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

1973 Cross Country Team, Things Were Heating Up In America



 Notable, at least by me:
  • The disembodied heads of Captains, Bob Hillman and Charlie Maguire.  I think this was the only time this was done on any of the pics hung at Rec Hall for XC and Track.
  • Friend and Podiatrist Jim Bray seemingly sitting on Coach Groves' lap.
  • Future Podiatrist Walt Majak.
  • Manager Mark Parker, future President of Nike, Inc.
  • A very young looking George Malley.
1973 was a very busy time in America.  Hard to believe anyone had time to run!

1973 History Snapshot

  • Politics: The Roe v. Wade US Supreme Court decision legalized abortion.
  • The Top Song was Killing Me Softly With His Song by Roberta Flack
  • The Big Movies included The Exorcist, The Sting and American Graffiti
  • On August 11, 1973, at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue, Bronx, NYC, Hip Hop was created by a guy named DJ Kool Herc.
  • Price of Men's leather sandals in 1973: $2.81
    Watermelon: 9 cents/pound
  • The World Population was ~ 3,859,000,000
  • Federal Express (FedEx) began operating in in 1973.
  • Richard Nixon gave his famous "I am Not a Crook" speech at the Contemporary Resort, in Disney World.
  • And... Spiro T. Agnew resigned as US vice president and then, in federal court in Baltimore, pled no contest to income tax evasion. He was fined $10,000 and put on three years' probation.

My uncle worked the barn over at Belmont. I had the HONOR being 10 years old and meeting this amazing animal. He wasn't antsy in his stall at all. Every single horse I ever seen before a race was always antsy. He was calm, really calm. He loved attention. I will never ever forget this horse. HUGE compared to the rest of them. My pops told me that day that we were so lucky to be close to this beautiful amazing animal, he also told me to remember because I would never meet another horse like this one again in my life. He was right. I was on a stool just to reach his neck, he bent his head down for me to touch his head. I was in awe the entire time. I had no idea who he really was until I grew older. I am blessed and honored for that meeting.  -Anonymous.

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Back On The Track For Two 2-Lappers And A Little Farm To Table


Two qualified 800M specialists made a return to the track this weekend, with one being our very own Isaiah Harris!

Isaiah Harris ran his first 800M in  1:49.49, 11 months after his last race with another Nittany Lion in very close pursuit.  Isaiah nipped Domenic Perretta by .05 seconds in Philadelphia.



And Duane Solomon ran his first 800M in more than 2 years, coming in last with 1:55.04 at the Music City Distance Carnival.  Duane was not unhappy, just pleased to be back on the Mondo.

Me, well, I jogged a couple of miles on my treadmill and made a Key Lime Pie with limes from my very own tree.


Wednesday, May 29, 2019

1972 Cross Country Team


Things were heating up in the nation during this time.  The "plumbers" were breaking into the DNC headquarters in the Watergate Hotel.  The Dow closed above 1,000 for the very first time. The very last troops were withdrawn from Vietnam.  And gasoline prices rose to 55 cents/gallon!


Notable (at least to me!):
  • Captains Matt Chadwick and Jim Allahand
  • Howie Triebold
  • Friends Jim Bray (another Podiatrist) and Steve Miller (York Countian)
  • Charlie Maguire
  • Bob Hillman
  • Carl Bechdel
  • Dixons and Pastors!
  • George Christopher (PSU Marathon record holder)

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

They Chose To Climb


In the early 90s, I had the opportunity to visit Zermatt, Switzerland for 2 days.  It was a good trip, even with the migraine headache from altitude and the fog-enshrouded Matterhorn, which I never did see.

I saw the town's cemetery, where many are buried who didn't quite make it to the top and back.  The best epitaph I saw was "He chose to climb", which echoes all the statements from relatives of deceased Everest climbers lately.

But these hardy climbers DID make it to the top and back (of Nittany Mountain!), renewing and strengthening the tradition of Penn State Track and Field Alumni (Non-golfers) started by Spouse the Better some years ago.  They have augmented the festivities by inaugurating the certification of success with a signature on a special t-shirt just for the bestest among us!





Sunday, May 26, 2019

Coach Artie Gilkes Gets A Double


The State College Boys team won the PIAA Class 3A team title yesterday at Seth Grove Stadium in Shippensburg.  They exceeded their expected point total with 47 overall points.

That makes Coach Artie Gilkes the State Champion Indoor and Outdoor Coach of 2019!  Needless to say, Artie has the team believing and performing at their optimum level.  Those of us who know him best, saw this coming.  Having a mentor like Coach Groves and the support of the "soon-to-be largest and most active track alumni group in the world" gives great dividends.  Artie is aided by several other PSU Track Alumni (Golfers) including Chris Cipro, Tom Kleban, Matt Groves and Nick K.

The story of the 41st and title-clinching point shows what Artie brings to the table for the athletes he is charged with mentoring.  There are numerous future Nittany Lions coming through his tutelage. Congrats Artie.




Monday, May 20, 2019

We Are The Champions!


Yes, for the second year in a row, I helped win the Coach Groves Golf Tourney.  Currently, I am the hottest golfer in our group.  

But in all seriousness, I had the opportunity to golf with the best overall foursome ever.  Tom Brown, current PSU Sophomore and progeny of last year's winning foursome member Steve Brown, is an excellent golfer.  He is also smart enough to be studying Accounting. Tom also won the longest drive of the day.

Paul Mundy made it back into the fold for the first time in a few years.  Despite not golfing much in the interim, his frying pan of a driver still provided some excellent shots off the tee! And they changed hole #4 so he couldn't hit another tractor-trailer on 322.  Paul also won the Numb Nut award.  More on that in the next post.

But the MVP of the day was good friend and classmate Bob Gabel.  Despite being a group leader in the pharmaceutical business, he must have found some time to hit the links.  He hit shot after shot of precise, long shots off the tee, pinpoint shots from the fairways and was putting with the finesse of a Tiger.  Hats off to the man who arranged for my Independent Studies Classes back in the day.

Tom Brown, Paul Mundy and Bob Gabel, 2019 Tourney victors! Photo by Kay Warfel.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

2019 Numb Nuts Award

Each year, Clark Haley selects a unique event or bone head maneuver for the Numb Nut Award. There is never a paucity of potential choices. 

Paul Mundy poses next to the parking lot light pole he hit off the #9 tee.  The ball then richoceted through the cart of Steve Balkey sitting innocently in his cart out of sight of Paul. No one was hurt in the making of this numb nut! 

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Last Minute Golf Tips


These tips may be in order for our group from the legendary Tim Conway and Vincent Schiavelli.  May both RIP



Vincent Shiavelli as John O'Conor, center.


Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Forecast and Travel Warnings For Reunion and Golf Tourney


It looks like we are in the clear for another good weekend of fun and camaraderie this  weekend.  Hope you can join us.  The more the merrier.

The weather forecast from the Weather Underground shows some storms earlier on Friday but ending by the time of the Meet and Greet and Pub Crawl for the hardiest among us.

Saturday morning should be cloudy but without rain for the festivities at the Track.  And all clear but cloudy for the golf tourney. That means we should be able to finish the 19th tourney in a row.

Friday:
Scattered Thunderstorms

early
73° | 53°
0.06 in
Saturday:
Cloudy
71° | 55°
There will be continued construction on 322 at the Seven Mountain Area with significant delays on Friday.  That should end by 3:00PM on Friday.  Rest assured that final construction should be finished for the 2056 football season.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

1971 Cross Country Team

Even though the rules were changed by the NCAA to allow Freshman to compete, Penn State must not have had enough singlets for the whole team and the Freshman had to endure the dreaded "Freshman" or Freshmen" versions for still another year!


Sunday, May 12, 2019

Forty-one Years Is Long Enough


Friend of the group, Martha White Collins (U of Virginia) ran 10:09.2 for the 1978 two-mile State Championship.  The PA record stood for the past 41 years until Marlee Starliper ran a 9:54.75 3200M (9:58.2 2-Mile) yesterday at the Glenn D. Loucks Games in White Plains, New York.  (Doesn't a PA record have to be run in PA!!!)

On that day in 1978, Gary Black won the 1-Mile State Championship leading to the headline...

Black and White Win Gold!

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

You, Yes YOU, Can Still Come To The Reunion And Golf Tourney




Of course, the golf is always optional, but highly recommended.  Even if you haven't signed up yet, you are still welcome.  The more the merrier!  Just show up and our crack staff of hammer throwers will rough you up for the requisite payment.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Another Mile Post Along Memory Lane


Penn State Cross Country 1970!  Coach Groves had already had his film projector "borrowed" by Coach Paterno from the office next door, and never returned!  He related this story to me more than once, and I think it was one of the earliest occurances that cemented his non-love for the gridiron coach.



  • Some of the athletes still look older than Coach Groves.
  • Friend Steve Miller at his dorky best! (That's a compliment BTW).
  • Murderers Row of Bruce McLanahan, Gary Gittings, Greg Fredericks and Bob Hillman in the second row.
  • Youthful looking Jim Allahand and Charlie Maguire.
  • Dick Geiger somehow looking smaller than usual!

Sunday, May 5, 2019

A Thirty-One Mile Traipse Through The Woods


This weekend's track exploits were boring, so we had to travel to the most desolate western section of Virginia for a post.  It also happens to be the highest elevations of the state.

Our Erwin Shroedinger Endowed Chair for Advanced Physics (simultaneously our Official Physicist and NOT our Official Physicist) Ron Moore ran in the Grayson Highlands 50K.  He placed third overall and the second Male.  4:59:54 at 5,429 feet of elevation!  (That's 9:39/mile on mountainous trails at altitude!)

He continues to spread the word of his sponsor, Apple Hill Podiatry, to the animals on the trails of the eastern USA.


Daughter the Younger
 And a shout out to Coach Fritz Spence on teaching Daughter the Younger how to hurdle at a Day Camp from PSU coaches back in the Alford-Sullivan era.  Her technique is awesome.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Two Notable Birthdays


Happy Birthday Mike Fanelli!   Mike owns the world's greatest track and field museum in his immaculate garage.  And he married up!  (He married a Nittany Lion...)

And Happy 49th Birthday to Greg Fredericks, without whom this blog would suffer mightily. Thanks to his better half Anne (he married up as well, as have all men!) for the pic of Greg at the beach with a smartphone.


Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Brave Souls Put It All Out On The Track


These guys all braved the 48,000 spectators with each of them nursing the minor injuries that life brings.  The Penn Relays Masters 40 and Over 4 x 400M relay!



They are looking for more runners for next year's race in order to field 2 teams.  Time to start training.  And there are 50 and Over and 60 and Over divisions as well.  Just in case...

It was a tough day.  Windy and we all limped to the starting line.  Lots of excuses, but I will tell you this.  It is absolutely awesome to run around the track at the Penn Relays.  Even with my hammy screaming the entire 60 seconds, it was just good to be out there.  Attendance on Saturday was 48,000.  We can get multiple teams in there so if anyone is interested in racing next year, let me know.  You have a year.

Goal time next year is 3:50 or bust.



Coop

Monday, April 29, 2019

More Scenes From Franklin Field

Morgan Shigo, winner Hammer Throw.
RB Caldwell, Jake Bartholomy, Che Aresomena, Ken Cooper.

Bob Beamon and Tim Johnson.
Only Walt "Clyde" Frazier could outshine that oufit!

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Wheel(ie) Awesome!


A Sprint Medley Relay Championship of America for the Penn State Women at Penn!


Penn State 3:45.25 Brooke-Lynn Williams, Kiara Lester, Alexis Holmes (53.0), Danae Rivers (2:04.71)

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Happy 89th Birthday, Coach Groves


It is fitting that Coach Groves' birthday this year cooresponds to the starting day of the Penn Relays!
Let us honor Coach Groves by all of us doing something awesome for another person today.

Let us know what awesome thing you did via our Facebook Page or in the comments below.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Running In The Rain


Spent last weekend in Cortland NY for Daughter the Younger's track meet.  Her event was the last on the schedule and the rain held off until just as the event was to start.  During the 3rd leg, the sky opened up and poured rain like I have never seen before.  Meanwhile, Daughter the Younger was handed the baton.  The next several minutes were the definition of "deluge".

The only 2 teams who were left at the stadium were Daughter the Younger's  Hartwick Hawks and the powerful St. Lawrence team coached by Kate Curran.  Weird how circumstances still permit frequent meetings of Penn State Track Alumni (Golfers)!

Kate Curran with backpack and umbrella.
It is especially weird that 3 of the 4 owners of PSU Track Alumni rainjackets were at the meet.  Me, Gary Black and Kate Curran.

Saturday, April 20, 2019

800U?

I just watched 4 heats of the Women's 800M at the SUNY Cortland track and watched 8 runners from Cornell break 2:20.  The ninth runner won the slow heat in 2:25!

Some of the Cornell women

Thursday, April 18, 2019

I Was Wrong When I Said That Hazing Never Happened In PSU Track And XC!


I was always pleased that there was never hazing while I was a member of the PSU Track and XC family.  There certainly was back in 1968, though.  The shorts that the Freshman team had to endure that year for the team photo definitely qualify...


Greg Fredericks will have to chime in here, as the captions were cut off, and all I recognize is him, Coach Groves and Coach Dolan...

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Memory Lane: Part 2: Coach Groves And Greg Fredericks!


So, once Coach Groves settled in and began his second XC season at PSU, he finally had Greg Fredericks as a full-fledged runner and not just a "Freshman"!


My notes:
  • Father Matt Chadwick OFM Conv. in the back row!
  • Coach Groves still serious
  • Greg Fredericks finally a full team member!
  • Friend Steve Miller (back row) from the same high school as Dick Geiger (front row)!
  • Jim Dixon, from a long line of State College Dixons.
  • Jim Allahand and Bruce McLanahan  RIP (Dick Geiger relates that Ralph Kissel also recently passed away.)

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Memory Lane: Part 1


Thanks to our Course Marshall, we have pics of every Coach Groves' Cross Country team through the ages.  And since I have been posting sparsely this year, it seems that they would make an easy post that everyone will enjoy.

So here's Coach Groves' very first Cross Country team in 1968!


My notes: (please add your own!)
  • Great benefactor and York County native Dick Geiger looking good!
  • Coach Groves looking youthful, but serious.
  • Steve Gentry with a mischevious grin!
  • Long-time Lock Haven Coach Jim Dolan as Assistant Coach (Freshman Coach)
  • Assistant Coach Warren Coleman (PSU's first ever African American Coach!
  • I didn't see group member Phil Peterson at first!!  Sorry about that.

Monday, April 15, 2019

This Is Refreshing To See


Like the days of yore, 1970s to 1980s, there were a whole lot of distance runners in a race this past weekend.  Times have changed, but back in the day, Coach Groves was willing to work with anyone with the desire.  He had very large numbers of distance runners at any one time.  Walk-ons vastly outnumbered the recruited ranks.  So,often in early season meets especially, there would be 10 or more PSU-clad runners in any race.  Often all the races had that many Lions participating.

With budget constraints, lawyerly constraints and Title IX constraints, many distance races nowadays have no Nittany Lions in them.

But not this past weekend!  There were 11 Lions in the 1500M at the Bucknell Meet.  With some rather good times, considering we have to call it an early season meet.  Six Lions finished with times the equivalent of 4:02 to 4:06Colin Abert led the pack with a second place finish in 3:44.72.


2 Abert, Colin Penn State 3:44.72I 4 
3 Maher, Drew Penn State 3:44.88I 4  
5 Abrahams, James Penn State 3:45.71I 4 
9 Wing, Owen Penn State 3:46.18I 4  
10 Hontz, Brandon Penn State 3:46.54I 4  
13 Claiborne, Isaiah Penn State 3:47.88I 3
34 McDevitt, Billy Penn State 3:52.49I 4
53 Claiborne, Elijah Penn State 3:56.65 2 
55 Barton, Ryan Penn State 3:57.07 3
-- Ashenfelter, William Penn State DNF 4  
-- Delisle, Hudson Penn State DNF 3 

And I made it to my Daughter the Younger's meet in upstate New York over the weekend.  She has dabbled in the Steeplechase so far and continues her PR in every race she has run this year!  Her hurdling was the very finest of all the competitors and the water jump hasn't flummoxed her yet. This was her worst effort of the 7!

Thursday, April 11, 2019

A Nice Poem About Coach Groves


Poems from Life with Juniper Village is a project developed in partnership between the Pennsylvania Center for the Book and Juniper Village Senior Living at Brookline to share and celebrate the lives of Juniper residents with original, individualized poems presented by local poets.

And you thought the only poem involving Coach Groves would be a limerick!

Thanks to our Course Marshall, here is the first peek at this year's entry for Coach Groves written by Mary Rohrer Dann.  She seems to have gotten things right.


Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Time To Get Those Clubs Out Of The Garage!


Every year there is another problem when I try to locate my golf clubs in the garage for my one yearly thrashing of the old Elks Club Course in State College.  The 18th Annual Track/XC Reunion and Coach Groves Tourney is only 1 month away!

  • One year the bag was filled with Stink Bugs.
  • Another year the bag had deteriorated into nothingness.
  • And still worse, a bird had built a nest in it, with all the accompanying mess.
So go check yours out!  We need you on the course this year.  Especially those of you in the younger set.  (Those who can actually still golf!)


Tuesday, April 9, 2019

The King Is Dethroned Again


But a Penn State Track and Field Alumni (Golf) Big-Wig did make it to the podium this year.
Ricardo Hall won the overall title and the accolades from 207 players.  Our very own Larry Mangan was third overall and represented the Officers of the Group well.  Joe Clinton also snuck into the top 10.  Kay Warfel also performed well in 12th place.  And Mark Hawkins can take solace in the knowledge that he was able to outperform all but 1 Animal!

Thank you. Thank you, very much.


In the all important Animal division, Spott Moskowitz was again dragged down from behind by Thomas Roth Bernard.  He takes the second place with dignity and aplomb.  He almost had enough points built up to make the Final game meaningless.

Overall Top 25:

1
Dynamite, Black
148
2
Wingo, Trey
138
3
Mangan, Larry
132
4
Pritchard, Simon
129
5
Hoover, Douglas
128
6
Crescenzi, Noah
128
7
Clinton, Joe
128
8
Oliver, Ryan
124
9
Brothers, Ellie
123
10
Riter, Tony
121
11
Oliver, Emily
117
12
Warfel, Kay
117
13
Cole, Connor
115
14
Oliver, Abby
114
15
Novak, Jay
113
16
Roth, Thomas Bernard
113
17
Oliver, Steve
111
18
Hawkins, Mark
110
19
Morse, Hallie
107
20
Cole, Braden
105
21
Moskowitz, Spott
104
22
McCarthy, Dennis
103
23
Pritchard, Jonathan
103
24
Haushalter, David
102
25
Patrick, Dan
101

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Elvis Never Left The Building


While we wait for the results of the Battle of the Bayou in Baton Rouge and even my Daughter the Younger's first steeplechase in upstate NY, my quest for Elvis in Las Vegas came to a glorious conclusion!

I finally met The King at the Denny's on Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas.  And The King delivered far more than I had ever hoped for.

I had actually arranged a renewal of vows with Elvis himself as the Minister, and decided that Denny's completed the package as an All-American affair.

I cannot overstate how tremendous the whole thing was.  Spouse the Better even agreed to keep me as her Husband the Inept after 30.80 years of wedded bliss.  The fact that Elvis was there was a thrill for all of us, even Daughter the Elder, who loves Elvis because of the movie Lilo and Stitch.

I lucked into obtaining the 2018 Las Vegas Wedding Minister of the Year!  Roland August does weddings with and without his Elvis persona.  He delivered a personalized ceremony with amazing attention to detail, fabulous singing of 5 Elvis classics and entertaining poses for all the pics.  Anyone looking for a similar ceremony should definitely arrange it with the best at wwwDOTthemobileministerDOTcom.

It turns out that Spouse the Better emailed numerous friends in the past days the Katy Perry video "Waking Up in Vegas".  When our Elvis found this out, he laughed and couldn't believe it. Then he told us that he was the Elvis in that video!

And just an hour before our ceremony, way on the other end of the Strip, Jimmy Kimmel was filming a surprise wedding segment involving David Spade and Celine Dion.  Our Elvis was the minister at that ceremony seen on the show last night!  And he wasn't in his Elvis persona!







Thursday, April 4, 2019

It's A Dry Heat: In Search Of Elvis


As the outdoor season progresses, it;s time to renew your vows to the team and program that helped make you the great person you have become.  You can do that by coming to the 2019 Penn State Track and Field Alumni Reunion, and even participate in the Coach Harry Groves Golf Tournament!

Great things are happening in Track and Field/XC in Happy Valley.  We need your help in augmenting the energy that is accelerating these great things.  You can find out all about it by reading this post and sending your entry fees in to Harry Smith.


I already have my entry in, so I figured I would do something I have never done before.  So I cancelled a few days of work and booked a trip to Las Vegas to look for Elvis.  He hasn't called me back yet, but I hope to meet him at Denny's downtown.  I will keep you updated with the quest.

 
 
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