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Summer 2006 • Volume 12, Issue 3

PLayers celebratePlayers, at right, jump up in elation when they learn they have received a bid to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1996.

Reason to cheer

I was a student at Bradley during the year of the “Famous Five” successes on the basketball court.

It was of great interest to me to learn that this year’s basketball team was selected to play in the NCAA tournament of champions, especially since they would be playing in the Oakland, California, regional. I now live in the East Bay of the San Francisco area. I was not only excited about the team’s progress, but also about the fact that my son, David Burke, would be writing some stories about them for the Peoria Journal Star.

Keri Thompson

Keri Thompson ’05, a graduate student at Pepperdine, cheers for the Braves before the Sweet 16 game in Oakland. She says, “It was lonely watching the first two games, because there were no other Bradley fans on the Pepperdine campus. I thought it would be a shame not to come and experience this in person.

David just retired from a 34-year stint as a sports writer for the San Francisco Chronicle. In fact, his last assignment, covering Stanford’s progress in the NIT, ended in March! When he wrote the Peoria Journal Star sports editor about doing a sidebar for the Bradley games, they gave him the assignment. You may have noticed three of his stories in the local paper. I had two reasons to cheer for Bradley success.

Ruth Bohl Kirkhorn ’41
Byron, CA

NCAA run is a blast

Thanks to the Bradley basketball team for a great run in the NCAA tournament! What a blast to follow such a gritty, determined team of character.

The team was a reflection of head coach Jim Les ‘86. The team played like Jim did—determined, tough, passionate, and classy, win or lose. When Jim was playing, he never acted like a big man on campus; he was a good friend and fraternity brother. I believe that we are in for some more success with Jim at the helm of Bradley basketball. Thanks for all the fun this winter, boys.

Eric Yemma ’85
Kennenbunk, ME

Saluting the speech team

I just received the Spring issue of Hilltopics yesterday. It has been hard to put down. I wanted to drop a note to say the quality of Hilltopics has been improving over the last several issues.

Thank you for recognizing the speech team and for pieces in HotTopics and Senior Salute.

Richard S. Jankowski, Jr. ’83
Voorhees, NJ

Recalling Sig Ep dinners

I enjoyed the ClassNote on Bob Hastert ’59 [Spring ‘06]. Bob’s friendship, enthusiasm, and tireless leadership at Sig Ep and on campus was inspiring to me then and now. And Jeanne Henry Hastert ’59, always lovely, always gracious, was a queen of queens to all of us! Bob, I’ve never had chicken as good as you cooked (in the White Fence Farm’s style) for our dinners in the fraternity house. Thanks for the memories, and I’ll get to Romeoville one day.

Harry Short ’64
Tempe, AZ

A “pleasant occasion”

I have been receiving Bradley Hilltopics consistently ever since I left Bradley. It is always a pleasant occasion to find it in the mailbox. The articles and photos never cease to bring back fond memories of the wonderful years I spent at Bradley. Therefore, I would like to congratulate all the hardworking people behind this excellent magazine. Keep up the good work and please keep them coming.

Zulkifli Mohamed-Yusof ’90
Penang, Malaysia

 

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