It was obviously a huge event in the life of Wichita State University. Was it some kind of omen … that the future would not be bright for Shocker football? The program was junked 17 years after the plane crash in Colorado that killed 31 W-S-U football players, administrators, and supporters.
It happened October 2nd, 1970. There is a formal ceremony on the campus every year on this date. Shockers won’t forget.
For me, it was the first really big local story of my broadcasting career, which had begun just a few months before the crash. Every year on this date I remember the interview I did with a player’s wife at the Roundhouse, as she awaited word of her husband’s fate. We later learned he had died.
It was an awful day for the university. It’s brought us no lessons learned or profound conclusions. Even though I did not attend W-S-U, I was a part of that day. And I won’t forget.
Our thought for today is from Rosa Parks:
“Memories of our lives, of our works and our deeds will continue in others.”