Before traveling to Sioux Falls for Jack Theeler’s Induction into the South Dakota Sports Hall of Fame last Saturday night, I communicated to Terry I would be in town for the weekend. He graciously suggested that we meet for a podcast interview. We did so Sunday morning at Queen City Bakery near downtown Sioux Falls.
I wasn’t sure what he would be asking me. It turns out he wanted to know about the process of writing the biography of my father. I think it was a good angle and I really enjoyed the interview. It was an opportunity for me to reflect and to express why I chose this subject and what it meant to me personally.
Terry covers athletics for SDSU and does a fine job doing so. Can you believe I have a South Dakota State University bunny logo on my website?
I now have three friends from Brookings!
In all seriousness, Dad had a lot of friends and colleagues up in Brookings. Several of the students he taught in his 14 year high school coaching career in 6 different communities attended SDSU as students and some competed in sports for the Jacks. Don Bartlett, who played for Dad at Centerville High School in the 40’s, was a great athlete at SDSU.
Dad also had a very good relationship with former SDSU basketball coach Jim Iverson as USD and SDSU had an intense rivalry on the hard court in the 1950’s and 60’s. I saw Jim Iverson at the SD Sports Hall of Fame induction Saturday night and I wished I had my tape recorder with me. He gave me a couple of more tidbits for the book. I really like and admire Jim Iverson.
Read my blog of the interview and listen to the podcast interview courtesy of Terry Vandrovec by clicking on the link below: