Yesterday marked the anniversary of the Wichita State University football plane crash in Colorado … which took the lives of 31 players, coaches, and friends of the Shocker athletic program. If you are unfamiliar with the story, I suggest you find a copy of “Black & Gold” … the documentary that was produced by K-P-T-S Channel 8. This video tells the story through the voices of those who survived the tragedy.
I had been a radio news reporter just over two months when the plane went down. It was the first big story I ever helped to cover, working at A-M 1410 K-W-B-B.
A huge part of the story is the surviving players and coaches going to Arkansas to play within days of the crash. This is about courage and the overwhelming compassion of the Arkansas fans.
The crash is an essential part of the heart and spirit of Wichita State University … and the entire community. It must not be forgotten. Those who were lost … and those who survived … will not be forgotten.
Our thought for today is from Rosa Parks:
“Memories of our lives, of our works and our deeds will continue in others.”