Pete Simpson will be the commencement speaker for Sheridan College on May 10. The distinguished University of Wyoming alum, former UW Foundation exec and nationally-recognized historian is a popular speaker. He and his brother, former Sen. Alan Simpson, wowed an audience at the WYO Theater in early 2012 with their story-telling and inspirational message.
Simpson was honored in 2011 by the university with the Medallion Service Award for his outstanding service to UW. The ceremonies will be held in the Bruce G. Hoffman Golden Dome.
The Food Group will be having a fun fundraiser come Saturday at the Edward A. Whitney Academic Center on the campus of Sheridan College.
The Food Group — community feeding children — takes care of more than 300 students weekly in the Sheridan area. Donations can be accepted at the door.
Taco John’s of Sheridan will be provide the food; the Teka Brock Band will provide the music, the fun and the atmosphere. Bring the dancing shoes and help support a good organization.
Matt Overton of Sheridan is the catcher for the University of Wyoming’s club baseball team. On the year, the Cowboys are 8-10, but have a 6-2 Mid-American West Conference record.
Overton, 21, a 6-1, 215 pound receiver, is a senior at UW. His team will have 11 games in Laramie during April facing opponents like Colorado State University and the University of Colorado. He and his teammates have earned spots in five of the last six college club baseball World Series and were runners-up for the championship in 2012.
The son of Dan (Grover) & Pam Overton of Sheridan, he’s a gracious young man.
Incidentally, his father met the “King” last month in Florida, Arnold Palmer. Grover and another Sheridan resident and golfer, Mike Coulter, were attending the Arnold Palmer Invitational last month in Orlando, a premier stop on the PGA Tour. While in the gallery, both recognized Palmer, 84, an iconic figure in golf. While others fumbled with camera phones to take a photo, Grover reached out, introduced himself, and shook hands with Palmer who welcomed him to the tournament.
“A good memory,” he says.
Dept. of incidental info………
• Katie Francis of Oklahoma City has set the all-time Girl Scout cookie sales record in a seven week sales period. She sold 18,107 boxes. (That’s a lot of Thin Mints.) Her mother says: “She’s a real go-getter.”
• California, according to Forbes.com, now has the most billionaires of states, 111. Their combined assets total $485 billion, more than the GDP of all but 24 countries. California also has the greatest poverty rate, at 24 percent.
“I have no luck with women. I once went on a date and asked the woman if she’d brought any protection. She pulled a switchblade on me.”
—Scott Roeben, author/comedian