I was bitten by the performing bug early in life and never recovered from the experience.
While many shy away from taking center stage for whatever the show may entail, I confess Iâ€™ve always enjoyed it. It started when I was about 3 and was in what was called a Tom Thumb wedding.
In my garage is a small wooden stool. It has been in my family for generations. At the present time, it is in need of repair. One of the four legs on the stool is broken and every attempt will be made to splice the two pieces together. It isnâ€™t painted. It isnâ€™t varnished. It is a plain wooden stool, nothing out of the ordinary if you just look at it. But what makes it extraordinary is not the simple fact of its existence; itâ€™s the thread to the past it symbolizes.
Coach Mike Newell in the 1986 NCAA Basketball Tournament led his 14th-seeded University of Arkansas at Little Rock Trojans to a 90-83 victory over the No. 3-seeded Notre Dame Fighting Irish coached by Digger Phelps, who is now a college basketball analyst for ESPN.
Next, the Trojans took the North Carolina State Wolfpack, coached by Jim Valvano, to double overtime before eventually being eliminated from the tournament.