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Spring 2005 • Volume 11, Issue 2

Fall football remembered

I enjoyed reading the Winter 2005 Hilltopics and the football articles. I am deeply appreciative of the football scholarship I received at Bradley and the opportunity to be associated with a great football staff (Coaches Stone, Spink, and Schoff). We had just one winning season. However, I gained valuable life experiences from those three losing seasons. Although rarely noted, a significant achievement of Coach Stone’s program was the high graduation rate of his players.

The technical and business skills I developed at Bradley made me competitive in the world market place. Again, acquiring these skills occurred because of Bradley’s football program. It is difficult in today’s environment to measure the value of Bradley’s former football program. I suggest the past, current, and future benefits far exceed the actual cash outlays.

I also noted special football camaraderie and believe it to be true. I will be at the May 2005 Football Reunion and then, off with my Bradley football buddies for a Canadian fishing trip. Although the only thing I am likely to catch is a cold, the laughs from the old embellished stories will make it all worthwhile.

Terry Cole ’64 MBA ’69, Scottsdale, AZ

 

Received the Winter Hilltopics yesterday and noticed two items that need to be corrected. On page nine, Edward C. Murphy’s story about football writes that Billy Stone played for the Chicago Cardinals. I beg to differ. He played for Baltimore in 1950 and then the Chicago Bears from 1951-1954. On page 20, the cutline under top photo on the page refers to Corky Roberts. That is William “Corky” Robertson.

Fred Filip ’59, Peoria, IL

 

I must disagree with Ed Murphy when he says that my late best friend, Billy Stone, played pro football for the Chicago Cardinals!

I knew Billy and his family at B.U. when they were in student housing. Bill played in ’46 & ’47 and was then drafted by the original Baltimore Colts of the All-America Conference. He played there for two seasons, and his sterling play had all the East Coast reporters calling him “Billy the Kid” for his frequent interceptions.
I worked for Honeywell and was assigned to the Springfield office. I stopped at Bill Sr.’s shop to ask about Billy. He told me that they had returned from Baltimore the day before! Billy was in a cast from hip to ankle on the right side, a result of an injury in the Colts‘ final game. (The league had folded and the Bears had picked up Billy’s contract.)

Billy played for the Bears from 1950-1954, and he would get tickets for the Bears’ home games. I would drive our wives to the Windy City and back. If the Bears won, he came back with us on Sunday nights and hopped the “red eye” train to Chicago on Monday night.

In 1955, I was transferred to Peoria and stopped by to tell the Stones. Billy had just hung up the phone with Bradley and was going up there to coach. What a coincidence! After that, we lived for the fall and followed the football Braves.

Keith C. Smith ’50, Carmel, IN

 

I read your article regarding Bradley University football. I remember vividly during my orientation (1975) that we toured Robertson Memorial Field House, and on the wall was a picture of Hall of Famer Bill Bushell ‘52.
My roommate and I both were from Decatur and knew Bill’s son, Mark, who was a great football player at the Air Force Academy.

Years later, as it turned out, I married Mark. Bill told many stories of his football days at Bradley, after the World War.

I had tried for a few years to find that picture of Bill.

Cindy Long Bushell ’79, Windham, NH

 

Entrepreneurial inspiration

I enjoyed reading about various graduates who are entrepreneurs. I’m sure there are a lot of other graduates who have created unique business opportunities for themselves. I would like to see a column in every Hilltopics highlighting alums’ entrepreneurial businesses. It is really interesting what some fellow graduates have created from their fields of study! It will give the newer graduates inspiration.

Claudia Bordin ’75, Sacramento, CA

 

Don’t forget the Carousel

What a treat to read about and see pictures of The Hartmann Theatre Center. Even if the 25th anniversary of a building that wasn’t a glimmer in Jim Ludwig’s eye when I graduated in 1971 made me feel pretty old, it was a thrill to see how much more professional Bradley’s theatre students have it today than we did nearly 35 years ago.

Yes, we did perform in Neumiller Chapel, but also the Carousel Theatre, the space we carved out of a storage room at the back of Avanti’s restaurant in 1970. We were very proud of our makeshift little black box and did some good work there. Congratulations to all on the growth of Bradley’s theatre program.

Lynda A. Bender ’71, Cleveland, Ohio

 

Remembering Hewitt Gym

The picture of Hewitt Gymnasium reminded me of many pick-up basketball games. I remember how Coach Joe Stowell ‘50 MA ‘56 played with such tenacity for an
“old man.”

He taught me, and I’m sure others, what it meant to remain competitive and healthy as you grow older. I’m sure he’s found another gym to teach others these
lessons of life.

Gerald Harry Ross ’61, San Diego, CA