Well, this is it.
Beginning today, I’ll no longer be able to boast that “My brother was Hendrix’s last quarterback.”
John Joe Harris, now of Phoenix, Ariz., will be part of the gatherings this weekend celebrating the return of football to Hendrix at 1 p.m. Saturday in the new Young-Wise Stadium. Admission is free.
“Hendrix College, we will love thee, through the years to come ...” (Trumpet)
There will be a new quarterback, several probably.
Our family will be tailgating on Saturday morning, the booth organized by my son, Hendrix graduate Jim Rhodes, (Class of ‘84) who is already bragging that he was the first to sign up for a tailgate spot.
Last, first … If there were awards for folks proudest to be connected to Hendrix, we might be on that list.
“As we love thee now today, while our hearts are young …” (Trumpet)
Vance Strange, energetic Hendrix booster who also was a member of the last Hendrix football team, says there will be about 40 “Old Warriors” gathering at various events throughout the weekend.
On Thursday he had the job of looking through old photos and The Troubadour, the annual, to identify those “Old Warriors” no longer living.
Strange was up to the sad task because he has lived in Conway and keeps up with classmates through the years.
“Kindly is thy spirit always, friendship and good cheer;
“make thee Hendrix College to us, alma mater dear.” (Trumpet)
(Staff writer Becky Harris can be reached at email@example.com and 505-1234.)