Well, my dad took a job with the University here. After many years at Findlay High School, he told me he said, “We’re gonna go to some basketball games over at Bowling Green, they have great basketball.” This was 1948. Some of them had been in the service; second World War, loaded with talent and I just was so hooked sixty years later, and I’m still hooked. Well, the first fellow I remember was Charlie Share, he was 6’11”. I’d go over and practice my Charlie Share hook shots at the Lincoln school, you know, I was probably about 5’11” or 6′. He was my first hero. Then, Mac Otten was another one. I could run over the whole roster if you wanted to; Gene Dudley and Bob Green. Most of the games they were playing then were nationally ranked teams. Loyola Chicago was nationally ranked, Western Kentucky, Duquesne, etc. I just assumed it was going to be that way forever; I’m in for the long haul. (cheers) Between one of the games, we were out walking around in the lobby and I saw Coach Anderson, and I pointed him out to my dad and my dad says, “come on, I’ll introduce you.” So he took me up, you know, I’m, you know, it was like God! I met him again many years later, so I didn’t remind him, but I did get his autograph. Hillsdale was the first game here. Nate Thurmond was playing, very gangly, you know, not polished like he became. I knew he was going to be good, he was the third player drafted and Bowling Green was playing ranked opposition and he was really good. I’d much rather sit in an arena with other people around me and watch a Division I game, then sit at home and have a game on television. It’s just great to be able to relate to a basketball team,
and I have a good seat too. I couldn’t get through the winter I don’t think if I just had to sit at home. Except for two
years in the Army, I’ve saw maybe all but maybe four or five games, and even in the army I got home to see some games, because I live for that (cheers) This is the only time in my life that I’ll be able to do this, because by the time the Stroh Center’s ready to be torn down I’ll be, I’ll be long gone and they will say who is that guy, who’s Bill Frack? Well, I wanted to do something to let
people know how much I appreciated all that Coach Anderson and all the coaches. Every coach that I’ve known has been very nice to us. (talking) And this is one way I can say thank you, you know. We’re going to have a great facility. You can tell that we need more help for recruiting, for scheduling. And I can’t take it with me. Maybe I can set an example, maybe somebody else will say, you know, I could do something like that. I can picture sellouts as common. I appreciate all the friendships from the players and from the coaches. The coaches here, I think, all of them work very hard and they’ve had good assistant coaches, but money’s been an issue. Hopefully now, a few years down the road it won’t be the issue that it is now. Go BG! Go BG! Go BG!