The good folks over at the Sheridan Memorial Hospital Foundation will be presenting the ninth annual, The Link – Partners in Pink, come Saturday, Oct. 21. It’ll be at Whitney Commons on West Alger Street. (Look for the pink.)
Proceeds from the walk/run go towards cancer patient care. There are always unexpected costs for wigs, travel and treatments. The $40 registration fee provides the registrant with a T-shirt, refreshments and snacks. Renea Parker is the one to call over at Welch Cancer Center to know more, 674-6022, or go online to the hospital’s website, sheridanhospital.org and link to the foundation.
Good stuff, this.
Barbara Brinton Hackett has died. The daughter of Bradford Brinton and Catherine Bell Willis, she was 91. Services in Greenville, South Carolina, were held Tuesday. She was a professional costume designer, working for the big motion picture studios of Paramount and 20th Century Fox. She was also a sketch artist for a couturier in Paris. “She maintained close ties to the Brinton (Museum) all of her life,” writes Barbara Schuster of The Brinton in an email. Ms. Hackett loaned artwork to The Brinton over the years and one of her surviving daughters, Claire M.H. Pettingale of England, visits the museum regularly and is a supporter, says Schuster.
Hall of Fame quarterback Y.A. Tittle has died at 90 in California. He was from my hometown of Marshall, Texas, where he starred as a quarterback for the Mavericks, graduating in 1944. He had a storybook 17-year NFL career and was named the league’s Most Valuable Player in 1963.
Tittle, whose given names were Yelberton Abraham, returned often to his hometown to speak at sports banquets. In fact, his was my first-ever autograph. (I still have that football.) The new fieldhouse there today is named in his honor. He kept a home on nearby Caddo Lake.
At 6 feet and 190 pounds, he didn’t look the part of a quarterback who won three conference titles with the New York Giants — going bald in his early 30s. After he retired, Tittle founded an insurance and financial services company with offices in San Francisco and New York.
A favorite story about Tittle is from his college days at Louisiana State University. Tittle was highly recruited by the University of Texas while in high school, but the Longhorns had another good quarterback named Bobby Layne. Tittle knew he would ride the bench. So, he chose LSU.
As a junior, he led the Tigers to the Cotton Bowl Classic game versus Arkansas. The Tigers had finished a 9-1 season. Since there were no incentives for the big bowl game then — save a souvenir blanket — the players wanted to go home. A quiet revolt stirred. Many of Tittle’s teammates weren’t all that far removed from combat either in Europe, or island trenches in the Pacific. Older, they were married and didn’t care as much about alma mater rah-rah — and another game — preferring instead to feed their families. Simply put, they wanted money, or they wouldn’t play the game. Quietly, a wealthy LSU booster stepped into the picture and settled upon $600 per player, along with letting the players sell their courtesy tickets. They got the blanket, too.
The game was played on Jan. 1, 1947. Field temperatures at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas that day were in the double digits and there was a mixture of freezing rain, sleet, snow and other misery. The Tittle-led LSU team statistically was declared the “winner,” though the game ended in a 0-0 tie. The Tigers had the advantage in rushing yards, 271 to 54, and first downs, 15 to one. Tittle was named the game’s MVP.