NACDA/DISNEY SCHOLAR-ATHLETE AWARDS LUNCHEON
(Monday, June 11, 12:00 Noon -2:30 p.m.)
OUr speaker today is Larry King. King is the WTBS Anchor for the 1990 Goodwill Games in July and A~ in Seattle. King is the host of the Larry King Live, one-hour interview program on Cable News Network, CNI airing every weekend at 9:00 eastern time. For three consecutive years of 1986,1987 and 1988, Larry King received the Award of Cable Excellence, the cable networks' highest program honor for the best interview t~ show. The program itself also received 87 ACE for the best interview program. Since 1978, King has hosted the Larry King Show, which I've been listening to for 25 years, by the way. This is a Mutual Radio Networl showand a program which has made many friends. It is a show which combines call-ins and is distributed tc 250 radio stations nationwide. King and the program have been honored by manybroadcasting awards, includi] the National Association of Broadcast~r's Radio Award, the Jack Anderson Investigative Reporting Award and George Foster Peabody Award for Excellence in Broadcasting. King also received the 1988 Silver Award for Excellence in Programming from the International Radio and Television Society. The same organization honor~ him as the "Most Popular Cable Personality".
A Brooklyn native, Larry has published several books. Larry King by Larry King in 1982, ~ ~ in 1988, and Mr. Kin~. You're Havi~ a Heart Attack" in 1989. He was named "Man-of-the-Year" in the Washington, D.C. Lung Association and Heart Association.
Would you give a warm welcome to Larry King, please.
Thank you. Thank you on behalf of Vince Dooley and myself when we say, "we're really glad to be because we both could be dead at the current time without the advances of current medicine." We're jul to be alive and be here. I come from Brooklyn, New York, a little different from where Donny comes fr< Texas. We have a slightly broader outlook on the world. We, in Brooklyn, felt that it was either Corn or Japan that was out there somewhere. It didn't matter. Brooklyn was the world.
It is nice to see Bill Arnsparger. I remember when Bill was with the Miami Dolphins. He's now the athletic director at the University of Florida. I also see a lot of good friends. I was also on the committee that selected some of the winners here today. I will give you some tips when the awards come around. I do a lot of speaking around the country and you run across some unusual groups. But, awards banquets can sometimes be the worst because recipients get up there and thank everybody in the world. We a dinner in Washington which the Touchdown Club throws every year. It's their awards banquet and they gil awards for everything. If you've been there, you know what I speak. They have football Player of the Yel and football Second Best Player of the Year, Athlete of the Year, Third Best Athlete of the Year, Worst Athlete of the Year. They give out 700 awards and everybody and his family comes. They have one outstanc American chosen as the recipient for the Award of the Year and he or she goes last. Everybody comes to SE them. It could be Frank Sinatra, Danny Kaye, Burt Reynolds. So you wait through this whole dinner of thl yous just to hear the featured speaker. Every kid gets up and wants to thank his mother, father, brother and sister. One year, I was there when Danny Kaye was the recipient and he went last. It was 1:20 a.m. the time he was speaking and he said, "I want to thank my proctologist."
I also noticed that the recipients are going to get some wonderful plaques and that reminded me whal wanted to talk about. I never do talk about serious issues, so, if we're here for something serious, we ( split. I don't know from serious. There's too many serious things happening in the world. Let's have SI fun. The plaques reminded me of a time when I spoke for the City of Miami Police Department. I spent
20 years in Miami. At the end of the dinner, they presented me with a certificate making me an honorary I of Police. That was what you got for speaking at this dinner.
So, I took the certificate and put it in my glove compartment. I totally forgot about it. It's abj four days later and I'm driving down Flagler Street and make a right hand turn onto S.E. First Avenue. TI day, they made S.E. First Avenue one way, the other way. In Miami, at the end of each month, they re-rou' all of the traffic. Then, they get their allotment of tickets in two days and don't have to work the resl the month. There's a lineup of people getting tickets and there's a lot of complaining. Finally, a cop I to me to write a ticket. I remember this certificate and take it out of the glove compartment. I didn't
anything. I don't want to be gauche. I just put my certificate down where he's writing the ticket. He sees the certificate and looks up at me. He told me what to do with the c.ertificate. My first thought was, "Thank God, they didn't give me a plaque."
It's high risk taking when you don't know what you're going to talk about. I love to speak about athletics. I love athletics. I'm happy to be doing the Goodwill Games this year because I'm going to bring to that every kind of approach. I am a fan. I'm at home around athletic directors. I grew up in
Brooklyn where you had to know athletics at the point of death. If you had the wrong average, you were beaten up. We were beaten up by two individuals. People who were sports fans beat us up if we had the wrong
average, wrong goals, or wrong assists, or Italian people would beat us up. Italian people beat us up because we were Jewish and we killed their Lord. Our neighborhood was made up of Italians and Jews. We had no Protestants. I didn't know what a Protestant was. My first Protestant was John Lindsey. The Italians would hear that we killed their Lord, so they would beat us up. We organized these beat ups on Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. Why be shocked? This way, you walked on Thursday without fear. On Tuesday, we lined up and the Italians would hit us. A guy named Vinnie Mancuso would hit me. One day in the middle of all this carnage, Herb
Cohen, my dear friend, screamed, "Stop, stop beating us up. We admit it. It's over. We killed your Lord. But the statute of limitations is up." When you do a lot of speaking, you take a lot of risks because I don't know what I'm going to talk about.
Sometimes I talk about what it's like to make speeches. I know as athletic directors, you're often asked to speak. You know what that's like to be on the other side of a dais looking down. It's very
different from sitting there where you can have a different approach to things. When you're up here, there's always a little tension. When you don't plan it, you really face these things. I've had some really unusual experiences and I want to share some with you.
Is anyone here in the Rotary Club. One guy. Where in Mississippi are you from? I didn't mean that. There are Rotaries everywhere. This is a true story. Twenty years ago, someone from the Miami Rotary Club calls me up. Every club has one of these, a speaker chairman. They have only one role in life and that is speaker chairman. I'm sure they have one for this organization and next year; he is working in San Diego lining up speakers. He puts everything else to the side. Get the speakers. Get them to the banquet. Get them home. Once that's done, he doesn't care. The guy was an aggressive guy. He said, "I'm with the Miami Shores Rotary Club. We're the oldest club in Florida and we'd like to have you speak at our June meeting.
It's a meeting where we invite the wives and it's a big meeting." He asked me what my topic would be. I told him I had no topic. He says, "This is Rotary. You have to have a topic." I told him I don't have a topic.
He said they insist on a topic. They send out fliers. You must have a topic. He said, "If we were inviting Eisenhower, we would demand a topic." I said, "call him." So we hung up. Now, it's the next night and I'm about to go on the radio on WROD in Miami. The producer comes in and tells me I have an emergency call. This guyl I pick up the phone. This guy tells me they're printing up the flyers for your dinner. "What is your topic." I have 30 seconds before I go on the air. I could tell that if I don't give him a topic, I'm going to have a six-month relationship with him and it's going to drive me crazy. So, the only way I can get rid of him is to tell him something. I said, "my topic is the future of the American Merchant Marine." I still have no idea why I said that. He said, "thanks." I never heard from him again.
Now, it's six months later. I drive to the Miami Shores Country Club. There's no parking space. The lot is full. I have to park a block away and I'm really proud of myself that I drew this crowd for the
Rotary. I'm really impressed. I get to the building and there's a sign in front of the building. It says, "Tonight, the future of the American Merchant Marine." I said to myself, "they've got two speakers." I got the wrong night. Something's screwed up. Now, the speakers chairman comes running out and he is all excited. This broke their all-time attendance record. They couldn't wait to hear about the future of the American Merchant Marine and neither could I. They came on wheelchairs from Ft. Lauderdale. Rotary doesn't get
excited about much because basically, at meetings you sit around and eat old corned beef, sell each other insurance and go home. They sing Rotary songs.
They were a very conservative group. They had a picture of Goldwater on the wall and on top, it said, "Pinko." They brought me on stage and it's kind of a panic. I was sitting up there in panic because I don't know what I'm going to say. The chair gets up and gives us the history of the Merchant Marine before I talk about their future. He gives them the whole history. As he introduces me, I'm at the end of the dais. As I'm walking down to the microphone, I have no idea what I'm going to say and this group is all pinned up for the future of the American Merchant Marine. You make an immediate decision. My decision was not to mention the American Merchant Marine. I figured if you don't know it, leave it alone. So, all I did was talk about politics. Finally, I said, "thank you and good night." I got no applause and I walked down the center and out. As I walked by, I heard a guy asking, "did he mention the Merchant Marines?" There was some anger.
Finally, I get to my car and the speaker chairman has followed me to my car. He is ticked. He's banging on the window of the car. I put the window down and he sticks his head in the window. He's frothing at the mouth. He's that angry. Now, he's got his head in the window and I got my finger on the push button.
If you're a little Jewish kid from Brooklyn, you never know power. This was power. He backs out of the windowand screamed, "you never mentioned the future of the Merchant Marine. We sent out fliers. We got largest attendance in our history and you never mentioned the future of the American Merchant Marine." I said, "they have no future" and drove away. I'm guaranteed not to be invited back.
Another time I was booked to speak in Miami by the Mafia. I don't if this group has had any associc with them. We stay removed from that. There is a Mafia and they're part of the Miami scene. I only kne~ of them. They participate in the community and get involved in charities. One of the charities is Boys 1 of Italy, which they were really involved in. I answered the phone and a guy says to me, "King? This is Boom-Boom Giorno calling. November 8th, War Memorial Auditorium. Benefit Boys Town of Italy. Sergio Fr! is the singer, you're the M.C. 8:00 p.m. Black tie." Hangs up. He never repeated it. He never acknowlE me. I'm holding the phone and he's gone. Something told me, "go to this." Something told me, "it
would be in my best interest to go to this."
So, On November 8, I drive up to War ~Iemorial Auditorium. I'm in my tuxedo. There it is on U.S. I, Ft Lauderdale, a big sign. Tonight, Boys Town of Italy Benefit. Sergio Franchi, singer and Larry King, M.C. I park my car and Boom-Boom meets me at my car. He says, "we're all glad you came." I said to myself, "Boom-Boom, you're glad I came?" Boom-Boom explains the Boys Town of Italy to me. I go back stage and meet Sergio Franchi. I asked him how they got him for this. He says, "a guy named Boom-Boom called me."
Boom-Boom gives me my instructions. He says, "you know, you can kid around all of your life. I know you like to kid around, but don't turn the house lights up." I asked, "why?" He said, "we have 3,000 people here and a lot of them are in competitive businesses. Just leave the lights down." I went on and it was a wonderful night. Boom-Boom walks to my car and he is thrilled. He says, "Hey kid, thanks." I said, "It's my pleasure. Don't mention it." He says, "No, we appreciate it, man." I say, "My pleasure." He said, "No, we really appreciate it. We owe you a favor." I say, "I really don't need anything." He said, "We don't like to owe favors." So now, I sense that I'm in trouble if I don't cooperate. So I asked him what he had i mind. He said something I'll never forget. I can still hear him say it. I feel it in the wind. I know you've never had it said to you. You may have heard it in movies. If it is ever said to you, it'll bring a chill up your spine. You don't know how you'll react. I'll never hear it again. I heard it that moment. H said to me, "got anybody you don't like?" The truth is, if that's ever said to you, the first thing you thin of is names. I saved the life of the general manager of the radio station that night. It's a high limit of power.
Another time, I was asked to speak at a banquet of law enforcement. The International Chiefs of Poli~ had a convention in Miami one year, as did the district attorneys. It was a combined convention. They
decided to have a wind-up dinner at the same time on Sunday evening, so they combined this dinner. All the police chiefs and all of the district attorneys were there. The District Attorney of Dade County told me tl had a terrible, boring speaker. He's the chairman of the Florida Crime Commission and he's the world's most boring speaker. He puts his wife to sleep. We can't cancel him, but would you follow him? I thought it
would be hard to follow somebody who's going to put people asleep. Also, nobody knows me. I'm just a 10caJ personality. He told me he would give me a big introduction.
So, I'm at this dinner and sitting at the dais. Frank Sullivan got up to speak and put people to slee He talked about crime, statistics and the advance of crime. He was boring. He finishes. Dick Gerstein gE
up and tells everybody they have one more speaker, "my friend, Larry King." There was no introduction. No nothing. They don't know who I am and they're ready to go. They're shifting in their seats. I decided ths there's advantage to shock value in any group. It works. It just has to work. If you have a good voice ~ a microphone and a little shock value, it's going to work. So, I went up to the microphone and introduced myself. "I'm in broadcasting and in broadcasting, we have a fairness doctrine. It's an equal time doctrinE We just heard Mr. Sullivan speak against crime for a half-hour. I come to you on behalf of crime. I immediately had their attention. I asked, "how many people would like to live in Butte, Montana?" Not one hand went up. I told them Butte, Montana is the lowest crime rate statistic in the world. They have no crimes per capita. Nobody goes there. What are the top crime cities in the Western World? Chicago, Miami, Los Angeles, New York and Las Vegas. They are also the top five tourist cities in America. Tourists go WhE crime is. Crime is a tourist attraction.
I also said, "Another thing about criminals that we often forget is that the money stays local." The local bookmaker goes to the local restaurant. Local people go to the local merchants. If we listen to Mr. Sullivan, and listen to everything he says and do everything he asks, if we wipe out crime in America, everyone in this room is out of work. The police chief of Louisville, Kentucky jumped up and said, "what Cal we do to help?"
It is going to be my honor to anchor the Goodwill Games this year. I was really surprised to be asl because my only previous work in sports, aside from being a sports fan all of my life, was the 20 years I spent in Miami. I was the color announcer for the Miami Dolphins. That was my part in sports. When I c~
up to Washington to do the Mutual Show, I would go to the Oriole games and sit in announcing. Now, with Turner Broadcasting with CNN, we just renewed for another five years. Earlier this year, they asked me to anchor the Goodwill Games. I think it's a great concept in sports and a new idea in sports that deserves to be there. I hope to see many of you out in Seattle. We're going to have a great event.
Before I leave, I want to thank you for having me and I want to thank all of the winners. I'm sorry I couldn't stay longer. If you want to have me out in San Diego next year, I'll come out and we'll do a whole hour. I'll bring my wife, because I love San Diego.
I'll leave you with two quick moments. One involves Donny's old coach. Donny played for Vince Lombardi and Paul Hornung told me this true story about Vince Lombardi. Vince Lombardi was very tough about winning, as we all know. If he didn't win, he took it very personally. He took it so personally, and took it out on the team. He was a tough loser. One day, the team had played rather poorly and had lost to the then Chicago Cardinals. He was really ticked. He asked the entire team to be in pads Monday morning. He was that uJad. That's unheard of in the NFL. Now, of course, in their union agreement that's disallowed. He had the team stand in front of him. He was on a little milk carton to address them. He said, "gentlemen, the coaches and I watched the films last night of the loss yesterday. We watched them over and over and we've come to a decision that we're dealing with imbeciles. It's not just our coaching, you're imbeciles. If you play like imbeciles, act like imbacile, work like imbeciles, and lose like imbeciles, you will be treated like embeciles. From now on, we treat you as idiots. Better than that, we treat you as children. You played like children, you act like children. We'll treat you like children. From now on, you are children. I will coach you as children." He picked up a football and said, "this is a football." Max McGee said, "Don't go so fast."
I'll close with a Yogi Berraism. I recommend that you invite him next year to speak. You'll have a wonderful time if Yogi speaks. You ask Yogi what time it is and he'll say, "you mean now?" There's a very exacting principle to Yogi. Yogi recently said, "no one goes to that restaurant anymore. It's too crowded." Gil McDougald told me a true story about Yogi. Gil ran up to Yogi in batting practice right before the game and asked Yogi, "Did you hear the news?" Yogi said, "what?" Gil said, "In Dublin, Ireland today, Yogi, they elected a Jewish Mayor." Yogi, looked up and said, "Only in America."
Thank you very much. Congratulations.
Thank you, Larry King. Thank you. You told some interesting stories and I happened to be there the day
that McGee said, "slow down, coach. You're going a little too fast for us." Coach Lombardi was truly a great teacher and I hope all of us who didn't get a chance to meet Vince Lombardi will, at least, read a lot about him. He was one of our greatest leaders in the time that we will have to live on this earth. He was a great task master and a great winner.
You all have your programs. Will you please turn to page three. They're not numbered. Just count
them. Incidentally, we are excited about Larry King being in Seattle. It will probably never be the same. We're anxious to get on with the Goodwill Games. Now, on page three, at the bottom, you will note the NACDA Honors and Awards Committee. Rex Brumley, Phyllis Howlett, Ken Free, Andy Mooradian, Gary Cunningham, Frank Windegger and Al Van Wie -that was the committee that started with this idea. Then, we had a very special cou~ittee. The Review Committee. Adjacent to page three, obviously, is page four. There you have, Art
Eason, Bill Flynn, Judy Holland, Phyllis Howlett, Homer Rice, Roger Valdiserri and Dick Young. Those people were the people who did hard work evaluating the applicants. But, even greater than that, if you'll turn two pages to pages seven and eight, you'll see a Blue Ribbon Committee that spent time and effort and energy in analyzing all of these nominees. I want to give recognition to all of those people that worked on this. In addition, it wouldn't have happened if it weren't for Jack Lindquist and the Disney group. With them, this is all possible. Thank goodness for Jack and Disney. You will be a participant in this as we go along. We're thrilled about this occasion and it will go on and on. You're going to make it better and better as you nominate your outstanding athletes.
At this time, I'd like to introduce Mike Lude, chairman of the NACDA Honors Awards Committee.
I want to make just one last announcement. This is really a young lady's luncheon. She did the work. She put it together. She engineered, organized, checked, re-checked and re-checked the recheck. I'm especially happy to pay some recognition to Liz Zielie, who incidentally, is a University of Washington Huskie. Liz, thank you very much.
Thank you, Mike. At this time, I would like to introduce the outstanding young people. I received this packet at home of all the various nominees. It was very impressive to sit down and read about these nominees and all of their accomplishments. I have a 14-year old daughter and I asked her if she would mind helping me with this. She wasn't very interested, like most 14-year olds that look 20 and act 30. But, we
sat down and I'll have to admit, I was not one of the great students in high school or Texas Tech. As you get older in this world, you realize one important factor; that knowledge certainly is keen. I've spent more
time studying since I retired from football than I ever studied the first 30 years of my life. It's indeed an honor for me to stand up here and say that these young people are the strength and future of our country.
I want to introduce each and everyone. We've all participated in athletics. We know the difficulty of just that alone. To be a great athlete, you have a lot of training and discipline and proper diet. I get the opportunity to speak at a lot of different high schools and universities and the one thing I've always said
is, "to be a champion, you have to possess three main accomplishments: the first one is that you're born with athletic ability; number two, you need the burning desire to be the best that you can be through dedication and principles; and the third one is the one that Vince Lombardi was such a master at, and it was mental toughness. To become a champion which all of us have been at one time in our life you have to possess mental toughness. If you don't, then you will be average in life. The champions have that cut above everybody else. The dedication and skill, we all have. But, to be a champion, you have to pay the price.
Let's start with Kathyrn Cottingham, Drew University (Lacrosse). Kathy just received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in biology and mathematics, with a cumulative grade point average of 4.17 out of a possible 4.33 which is equal to an A plus. She plans to enter the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the fall as a Ph.D.
candidate in the department of zoology. As an attack wing/center for the Ranger lacrosse team, she was named the regional all-America first team and the GTE/CoSIDA Academic all-America First Team in 1989. She also played field hockey for three seasons and was a starter the last two years. Among her numerous academic honors, Cottingham is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Beta Beta Beta, has been listed in Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges and has been designated as a Garden State Distinguished
Scholar. She was selected in 1989 as the recipient of the Drew "Silver D" Award for outstanding contributions to the university community. Kathryn is a native of Medford Lakes, New Jersey. Would you welcome, Kathy Cottingham.
Our second nominee is David Gubbrud, from Augustana College (Football). With a sterling 3.96/4.00 grade point average, Gubbrud has been accepted at both the University of Minnesota and Rochester Mayo Schools of Medicine. He graduated in January with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in biology, with a chemistry minor. A
CoSIDA Academic all-American, Gubbrud is also a member of the Blue Key National Honor Society and Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society. Co-captain of the Viking squad his senior year, he started every game of his career at Augustana, at the linebacker position. Gubbrud earned four letters as well as honorable mention accolades in the North Central Conference (twice) and academic all-North Central Conference honors (three times). Coach Jim Heinitz acknowledges that Gubbrud was a key ingredient in helping to bring the Viking football program from "rock bottom" to the NCAA Division II playoffs, the only two such appearances in school history. Gubbrud's other activities while at Augustana include coaching the local American Legion baseball team, and participation in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. His hometown is St. Paul, Minnesota. Please welcome, David Gubbrud.
Our third nominee is Vicki Huber, Villanove University (Track and Field/Cross Country). Huber received a Bachelor of Science Degree in psychology from Villanova in December, with a 3.29 cumulative grade point average. Her plans are to attend medical school. Although a list of her academic and athletic accomplishments could fill pages, highlights of Huber's career include being named GTE/CoSIDA Academic
all-American-of-the-Year for 1989; Big East Conference Scholar-Athlete-of-the-Year for 1989 and 1989 Honda-Broderick Cup Award Winner. A member of the 1988 Olympic team, Huber placed sixth in the 3000-meter finals in Seoul. She is a winner of eight NCAA individual championships and holds the current American collegiate records in the outdoor 3000 meters, outdoor 1500 meters, indoor mile and outdoor mile. A Wilmington, Delaware, native, Huber's athletic awards include being named Big East Conference Athlete-of-the-Decade for women's track and cross country and as an NCAA Top Six award-winner. Huber has represented Villanova as a speaker at numerous clinics, dinners and other events,and has been a volunteer for Special Olympics on both the national and local level.
I had the opportunity to meet this young man in New York in December of last year. Unfortunately, his plane was cancelled last night and is unable to attend today's meeting; John Jackson, University of Southern California (Football). A four-year starter at flanker/split end for the Trojans, Jackson holds several school and Pac-lO records. Among them are USC records for most receptions (163) and receiving yards (2,379) and the Pac-lO record for most consecutive games with a pass reception (37). He was named a second-team all-American by Football News and third-team all-AnIerica by Colle~e & Pro FootballNewsweekly. in addition to being on the
all-Pac-lO first team. Jackson graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in business finance with a 3.30 grade point average, and is currently enrolled in USC's Graduate School of Business in order to obtain an M.B.A. degree. A native of Diamond Bar, California, Jackson was also a three-year starter at center field for the Trojan baseball team, earning all-Pac-lO hopors in that sport as well. He was the leading hitter for the 1969 Trojans with a .356 average, and was the ~ac-lO's leading hitter in conference games (with a .423 average). He is a member of Champions for Christ, a frequent visitor to USC Children's and Shriners
Hospitals, and visits with local youth and bopster groups. Let's give a good hand for John. Receiving the award for John in Mike McGee, Southern Cals Director of Athletics. When I first saw John, he was so small, I couldn't imagine him being a wide receiver, but they didn't tell me he ran a 4.35. You don't catch many people who run that.
Our next recipient is Alec Kessler from the University of Georgia. I understand he has three final
exams today. Kessler will receive a Bachelor of Science Degree in microbiology this June, with a 3.91 grade point average. The Roswell, Georgia native plans to attend medical school, perhaps with an orthopedics specialty. Kessler, a member of the Golden Key and Blue Key societies, was named as an Academic
all-American for 1988 and 1989 and was tabbed by GTE as Scholar-Athlete-of-the-Year for both 1988 and 1989. A four-year letterwinner for the Bulldogs, Kessler's play at center has earned him a second-place spot on the George all-time scoring list and a third-place position on the all-time rebounding charts. This past year he was named to the all-Southeastern Conference team and as a second team all-American. In addition, Kessler is a member of the Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Med Honor Society and has received two University of Georgia awards: the Sphinx (the highest non-academic award given to a male at the University of Georgia, with only two receiving it every year) and the Jasper Dorsey Outstanding Senior Male Award. He has also served as the student-athlete representative on the Committee for Intercollegiate Athletics.
Our next recipient is Brent Lang from the University of Michigan (Swimming). Lang, who hails from Portland, Oregon, will graduate in December with a Bachelor of Science Degree in industrial and operations engineering. He hopes to obtain a Rhodes Scholarship on the way to an M.B.A. and his 3.82 cumulative grade point average should help accomplish that goal. He has been inducted into the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, is a National Laureate Award Winner for 1989, a GTE Academic all-American and NCAA Academic all-American. A freestyle sprinter for the Wolverines, Lang has lettered every year while at Michigan. In addition, he is a member of the U.S. Swimming Team, and won a gold medal at the 1988 Olympic Games as a member of the 4 x 100 freestyle relay. Lange also struck gold at the 1989 Pan Pacific Championships, in the loo freestyle and as a member of the 4 x loo freestyle relay. He holds school and Big Ten records in the 50, loo and 200 freestyle, and has been NCAA champion in the 50 and 100 yard freestyle. Outside of school and swimming, Lang has been active in Michigan's Anti-Substance Abuse Program and in motivational and goal-setting clinics for elementary and junior high schools. Would you welcome Brent Lang. Representing the University of Michigan is Jack Weidenbach. Congratulations, son.
Our next recipient is Christopher Roper from Furman University (football). Roper, from West Columbia, South Carolina, is a four-year letterwinner for the Paladins at outside linebacker. He was named all-Southern Conference in 1988 and 1989, and all-State in 1988 and 1989 and as a GTE Academic all-American in 1988 and 1989. He just graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in physics and a 3.73 grade point average.
Roper's plans are to pursue a Ph.D. in nuclear physics or medical physics, then to continue in research and begin teaching at the university level. He is a three-year member of Sigma Pi Sigma Physics Honor Society and was named Physics Student-of-the-Year in 1987. He is also a recipient of an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship and National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame Postgraduate Scholarship. Outside activities include Habitat for Humanity, the Furman Advantage Program, an internship with Enwright Environmental Consulting Laboratory
and membership in the Book End Club, enabling Roper to speak to elementary school children on the importance of reading and education. Would you please welcome, Christopher Roper.
Our next recipient is Michael Thorson from the U.S. Military Academy (football). Thorson was a three-year starter and three-year letterwinner at defensive back for Army, earning all-East honorable mention honors in addition to several player-of-the-week recognitions. A recipient of NCAA and National Football Foundation scholarships, Thorson has received a Rhodes Scholarship to attend Oxford University under the Marshall Scholarship Program, after achieving a 3.995 grade point average in economics while at West Point. Thorson, from Onalaska, Wisconsin, is a recipient of the Superintendent's Award for physical, military and academic excellence, which is presented to less than five percent of each class, and has been designated a Distinguished Cadet, representing the top five percent of the class academically. Thorson is Deputy Brigade Commander, second-in-command of the cadet corps, and has been Reginlental Commander for cadet basic training
and Company First Sergeant, the highest company level leadership position for a junior. A Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society inductee, Thorson has been active in Big Brothers/Big Sisters as well as the Cadet Chapel Choir and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Would you welcome, please, Michael Thorson. Representing the U.S. Military Academy is Carl Ullrich. Mike will be the speaker for the entire group in a few minutes.
Our next recipient is Jake Young, from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (football). A Midland, Texa native, Young will graduate this summer with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in finance and a 3.388 grade point average. He was a 1989 NCAA Top Six and Postgraduate Scholarship Award winner, and plans to enroll in a joj MBA/JD program at Southern Methodist, Nebraska, Texas, Stanford or Harvard, with the ultimate goal of becomj a corporate attorney. A three-year starter at center for the Cornhuskers, Young was a 1989 AFCA/Kodak and Walter Camp First-Team all-American, a 1988 AP and Football Writers First-Team all-American and all-Big 8 II 1988 and 1989. Other academic accolades include selection as a 1989 first-team Academic all-America, and 1988 and 1989 first-team academic all-Big 8 honors. He has been polishing his speaking skills, useful for budding attorneys, at local banquets and dinners for football teams, father/son banquets, and elementary schools. Young has also been involved in several football camps, visits to Bryan Memorial Hospital and the 1989 Muscular Dystrophy Bowl-A-Thon, and was a torch bearer for the Cornhusker State Games in 1987. Congratulations Jack Young.
Virginia Stahr from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (volleyball) is also a recipient today, but ShE couldn't be with us. Stahr received a Bachelor of Science Degree with High Distinction in Elementary Education, compiling a 3.907 grade point average during her undergraduate career, and is currently enrolled in the Curriculum and Instruction graduate program at Nebraska. She plans to complete her Master of Educat: Program by August of this year and continue for a doctorate. As a middle blocker for the Cornhuskers, StahJ holds 10 Nebraska individual records and was a two-time selection to the Big Eight all-Conference first teal She is a 1989 NCAA Top Six award recipient, the inaugural winner of the Delta Division I-A Female Scholar-Athlete Award and the 1989 Woody Hayes Female Athlete-of-the-Year. Stahr is also a two-time GTE Academic all-American Volleyball Athlete-of-the-Year (1988 and 1989). She wasa member of the bronze medalwinning team at the 1986 U.S. Olympic Festival and captain of the gold-medal winning team at the 1987 Olympic Festival. Stahr has been involved in the YMCA Big Sister program since 1986, is a men~er of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and has been a softball coach and volleyball instructor.