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Wayne Estes

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Idaho, Mar 1, 2007.

  1. Idaho

    Idaho Active Member

    I'm posting this for a few reasons.

    1) It's a great little bit of journalism
    B) My father was a college classmate of the guy and this story touches me personally
    III) I think this should be the next good sports movie


    A little warning: It will take you a good 20-30 minutes to read and watch everything. But it just might be the bst 20-30 minutes you spend today.
  2. Sxysprtswrtr

    Sxysprtswrtr Active Member

    Thanks for posting this.

    Wow. Had never heard of Mr. Estes, but what a telling story. I loved the video.

    Some excellent writing, indeed.
  3. Idaho

    Idaho Active Member

    I was the sports editor at the college paper on the 30th anniversary of Wayne's death. Researching the story made him a little more real to me. You mention his name in that town today and you'll see eyes get misty from the locals.

    Loved this quote at the very end of the story:
    "So live your lives that in the hour of your death, all others will be weeping, and you will be the only one without a tear to shed. Then you shall calmly face death whenever, wherever it comes."
  4. alleyallen

    alleyallen Guest

    What a fabulous piece, Ides. Thank you so much for bringing it to our attention. And you're right. It should be a movie.
  5. Twoback

    Twoback Active Member

    When I was a young lad, there was a piece in Sport magazine about this tragedy. It seemed then, probably 1972 or 1973, that what happened to Estes was ancient history.
  6. Idaho

    Idaho Active Member

    Considering it was more than 40 years ago, it is ancient history in many regards.

    I know my vision of the story is rose colored because of my location and my father's stories of him, but I think it's a great, great story.

    He was Hank Gathers (kinda, sorta) 30 years earlier.
  7. micropolitan guy

    micropolitan guy Well-Known Member

    I distinctly remember sitting in the living room of my family's house and hearing he had died on the radio.
  8. Idaho

    Idaho Active Member

    You're old.
  9. awriter

    awriter Active Member

    Great story.
  10. fishwrapper

    fishwrapper Active Member

    Loved this piece!
    (...and even the aggrandizements...
    "There was no better college basketball player west of the Mississippi, and likely none more popular." Gail Goodrich, anyone?)
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