Next month, the life and times of Bruce Hoffman will be celebrated at Sheridan College. Most know coach Hoffman served 35 years as the Generals basketball coach and then another 15 years as an SC trustee. His commitment to the college and to the Sheridan community is extraordinary. Hoffman’s 651 wins remain in the top 30 all-time among NJCAA history and he is a member of that organization’s Hall of Fame. The schedule:
• Friday, Aug. 1: A barbecue lunch and nine-hole golf scramble at Kendrick Municipal Golf Course. This will be followed by a social at the new Thorne-Rider Campus Center, which will open in July.
• Saturday, Aug. 2: There will be tours of the SC campus, 3-on-3 games in the Bruce Hoffman Golden Dome and Saturday evening, a “roast” and dinner with Hoffman in the new Edward A. Whitney Academic Center atrium. (The Whitney Center opened last August, so methinks it still can be categorized as “new.”)
Deadline to participate: July 14. For info, call the Sheridan College Foundation, 674-6446, ext. 4301.
The July issue of Western Horseman is worth every penny. The nationally-circulated magazine is rich in “Sheridan” related features. To wit:
• There’s a story, “Waiting for 8” which is about rodeo pick-up horses, their riders and the eight-second buzzer. The photos include Billy Ward and Bobby Marriott, two longtime Sheridan WYO Rodeo athletes dressed in their bright red Sheridan WYO Rodeo shirts. “It’s a good shot of publicity for our rodeo and community,” Zane Garstad, the president of Sheridan WYO Rodeo told me Monday. The story is about the horses and the demands put on them in assisting a cowboy off of a bronc after a ride. Part of the story, too, features a list of “Pick-up Horses Hall of Fame.”
• The July issue also features a nice piece about photographer Pete Dailey and his chronicling of ranch life at Eatons’ Ranch. The photos date to 1919 and includes a 1954 silhouette portrait of his daughter, Mary, who is a outstanding photographer herself. The story notes how she’s carried forth the tradition for 70 years and has catalogued her father’s images. The story also has a nifty dose of history about Eatons’ Ranch.
Good reading, this.
“Be careful driving home. There are a lot of crazy people out there, and we know most of them personally.”
— Willie Nelson, American songwriter/singer, in a usual farewell from the stage