Chatting with Gary Bender
I got a chance to chat with Gary Bender Sunday night, after he was inducted into the Kansas Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame during a ceremony in Wichita.
Gary was born in Ulysses in southwest Kansas and spent part of his youth in Dodge City, as I did. In fact, we went to the same grade school several years apart. He played football at Wichita University in the early sixties and went on to a great career in radio and television sports play-by-play, including many years at A-B-C and C-B-S.
I grabbed him after the ceremony Sunday and compared notes on radio, show preparation, and Dodge City. And he shared personal stories about Johnny Unitas, John Madden, Bill Parcells, and John Wooden … huge names in sports over the past 40 years. I’m sure we could have talked a lot longer, but he was an honored guest and others wanted to talk with him.
Gary Bender is a big name in broadcasting, and I was flattered that he took time with Shelley and me. He’s a guy who’s never forgotten imaging sports play-by-play for hours when he was a boy, on a tractor in western Kansas.
Our thought for today is from Wilfred A. Peterson:
“The secret of greatness is simple: do better work than any other man in your field … and keep on doing it.”
Tags : Topics : Human Interest, SportsSocial : SportsLocations : Dodge City, Kansas, Southwest Kansas, Ulysses, Western KansasPeople : Bill Parcells, Gary Bender, John Madden, John Wooden, Johnny Unitas, Wilfred A. Peterson