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By LARRY VAUGHT
Getting to interact/connect with so many University of Kentucky fans is a real bonus for doing this blog.
Consider this recent e-mail I got from Bill Ryle, a long-time UK fan:
“I don’t know if you remember but about a year ago I wrote you about growing up on a farm next to Allen Felhaus’ family in Boone County. I don’t get on the computer much, but do thoroughly enjoy all you writings. I am really looking forward to the group we have coming in this fall.
“I know your site is not for such things, but since I have been seeing a lot of things about Dominique Hawkins, I have a request. I would love to get in touch with Allen Sr. It has been over 50 years since I have seen him. If you ever have a chance to talk to him or Allen Jr, could you let them know I would like to speak with them.
Now I don’t know any of the three sons but did enjoy watching Deron play at Kentucky. My wife and I went to the SEC tournament the year Kentucky won it at Baton Rouge. Don’t remember the year that was. Please don’t go to any trouble doing this. And if you are ever in Owensboro let me know. I will take you to Moonlite Bar-B-Cue Restaurant. I’m sure you have been there. My favorite restaurant in Kentucky. We’ve only lived here seven years but go there frequently. Our son, Bill Jr came here on a baseball scholarship in 1974 and stayed We love this town.”
Naturally, I sent this e-mail on to Allen Feldhaus Jr., Hawkins’ coach at Madison Central. It was no surprise he replied promptly.
Feldhaus wrote: “I just called dad and shared your letter with him. He remembers Mr. Ryle. Dad said he used to pick him up a lot of days when dad was hitchhiking home from practice. Dad said Mr. Ryle probably is around 80 years old. Thanks for sharing this Larry.”
Again, nothing quite like the memories of UK fans or the connections former players feel with the fans.
And when or if I am in Owensboro again, I definitely will have lunch/dinner with Bill Ryle at Moonlite.