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 ’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
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
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
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
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
Visit bradley.edu/spotlight/fanmail/messages.shtml/ to read e-mails sent to the Sweet 16 team.
Sweet 16 memories
Betty Volturno, at the Bradley bookstore buying a Bradley T-shirt for a family member in Kansas: “I’ve been with the team since 1959. The children and I would go over to the Field House in the snow. Whether the team was up or down, through good times and bad, we’ve always supported it.”
Mariann Skender, bookstore employee: “It’s been very busy. Some of us have been working 13-hour days. The mayor of Peoria said everyone in town was supposed to wear red today, and people have been coming in buying red shirts for their children.”
Daniel Fuertges ’01, library staff: “It’s pretty unbelievable what the team has gone through this year. I’ve been to several games this season, and you could see at the Wichita State game that this was going to be a special team. This team has focus and confidence like I’ve never seen.
Dr. K. Paul Kasambira, professor of education: “If there’s anything that’s played in Peoria over the past 51 years, it’s our basketball team!”
Donna Baird, Quincy: “My son graduated in 2004 from Bradley and my daughter is a student at University of Kansas. We had a torn family during that game. Today I’m buying a Bradley T-shirt to send to my daughter in Kansas.”
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