My number 2 team is NUMBER 1!

1974 Kansas City Chiefs
Former Kansas City Chief’s Head Coach Hank Stram

The Kansas City Chiefs had just won Superbowl IV and I was a freshman at William Jewell College, home of the Kansas City Chief’s training camp from 1963-1990.   During my senior year I was able to take a job working at the camp helping where ever I was needed. The job came with a salary, free meals and lodging where I lived in a dorm called Newman’s Hall (Browning Hall) with the players.

I will never forget all the great food I was able to enjoy in the cafeteria including all you could eat filet mignon.   At lunch every day the veterans would pick on the rookies and one of the funniest things was when they were asked to stand up on a table and sing the Denver Broncos fight song.   Back in those days the Broncos were not that good having loosing seasons from 1960 to 1972.

During lunch time a number of the veterans would drive up to the cafeteria in fancy new cars and they were big, not just the cars, but the players.

Most of the starters like Quarterback Len Dawson and Defensive Tackle Buck Buchanan lived nearby.  The players I came most in contact with were the rookies.   One memorable friend at camp in 1974 was John Casola.   John was the brother of Sal Casola, a college kicker that the Chiefs had signed on for the training camp in hopes of finding a new kicker to back up Hall of Famer Jan Stenerud. Although no one in camp knew it at the time, Sal was apparently discouraged when he was waived by the Buffalo Bills and did not want to come to Kansas City.   So his brother John who was also a kicker decided to take his place and use his brother’s name Sal when he signed with the Chiefs.   So when we first met he called himself Sal, but his real name was John.

I was also working part time at the Kansas City Museum of History and Science and invited John to come to the museum and meet some of my friends on his day off.   He dated one of the girls in the gift shop and we all went to an Elton John concert at Arrowhead Stadium.

One day John disappeared and I did not find out what happened until I read the Sport Section in the Kansas City Times on August 20, 1974.   The Chiefs had lost their game against the Buffalo Bills on Monday night August 12, and when they did they learned from the Buffalo Bills Coaching staff that the Sal Casola on the Chief’s roster was not the same Sal Casola who had played for the Bills.    After a short conversation with Bill’s coach Lou Saban, on Tuesday Chief’s head coach Hank Stram called Casola into his office.   After confessing that he indeed was an imposter, John packed up his bags and left camp that same day never to be seen again.

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My last day working for the Chief’s was on August 31, 1974 when the Chief’s played their final game of the preseason at Dallas.   My job on that day was to run Polaroid pictures of the formations from the Press Box down to the field for the coaches.  Back in those days we did not have all the technology that we have today.  Pictures could be sent down to the field on a cable at Arrowhead, but when playing away games someone had to run the pictures down to the field.   It was fun and great exercise and later some of my friends at Jewell told me that they saw me during the TV broadcast wearing my William Jewell shirt.

Most of my friends know that I have been a Buffalo Bills fan all of my life, but not everyone knows that my number two team has always been the Chiefs.   I am not sure if the Bills will ever win the Super Bowl in my lifetime, but at least I have one team that has become champions not once but twice.   Go Chiefs, Go Bills.

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William Jewell College is the oldest college still active today west of the Mississippi River.   Jewell Hall housed Civil War troops and was apparently also used as a military hospital.  

 

Help build a roof in Africa

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My friend Dr. Alan Goodall, who some of you may know as the author of The Wandering Gorillas, has asked me to help the Batwa in Rwanda with several projects – especially this one https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-kwizera-go-to-school.

I posted a blog about the Batwa late in 2018 and just recently have been in touch with Richard Ntakirutimana by SKYPE discussing ways that I can help raise funds by selling Rwandan coffee.

Whilst they only raised some $2000 of the needed $8000, they have made great progress as you can see here on the photo they just sent Dr. Goodall.

Now they desperately need funds to complete the roof – so PLEASE, PLEASE try and get ALL your friends to send some more donations via the GoFundme web site

Dr. Goodall is now working with them to get support from the Belgian Government for my ‘Dream Project’ (from several years!)

Project – Short title “Creating a Vision 2020 school for Historically Marginalised People in Rwanda”

Project – Long title ”Using the latest IT technology – to enable Historically Marginalised people in Rwanda to take advantages of  the new IT infrastructure – and thereby ‘leapfrog into the 21 st Century”

Dr. Goodall has believed for decades that this the future of education – ie not teaching but ‘Learning’  So, Teachers will have to become ‘Coaches’ – as in sports.  If you are interested in what remarkable work has already been done – look up Sugatra Mitra in Google and YouTube.

PLEASE – look up their organisation  ‘AIMPO’ via Google – and you will see the work that their amazing team are trying to do for the Batwa – who are now called ‘Historically Marginalised People”  This is because the new laws in Rwanda forbid any ethnic group names.

You will recall that these are the very people who were evicted from their traditional forest homes – to create the National Park – for GORILLAS!

Many of these people have since died. They are now in much more danger than the gorillas – who are increasing in numbers.