If it weren’t for the work of three doctors way back when, Jerry Kramer might not have become a star for the Idaho Vandals and Green Bay Packers. Nor would he have received his first game ball without playing a down during his junior year at Sandpoint High. I discovered how Kramer almost missed his sterling career as a pro footballer by picking up a garage sale special in Hayden recently – Kramer’s 1969 book, “Farewell to Football.” For $1, hardbound. Among other things (including his start in football at Farmin Elementary), Kramer describes how he was laid up when he was awarded the game ball following Sandpoint’s 45-0 victory over Bonners Ferry. Seems he’d nearly blown his arm off with his grandpa’s double-barrel, 10-gauge shotgun while duck hunting with Bulldog running back George Kom four days before. Kramer’d used the wrong end of the gun to poke a ball of moss into the water from his perch on a two-story-high rock. Writes Kramer: “I’d caught 15 or 20 pellets of No. 2 shot, pretty good-sized shot, in my side, and it burned like hell.” Doctors Bill Hayden, Neil Wendle and J.P. Munson saved his arm. And his career. And, no, you can’t borrow my book.
Jacob Minter proved that you can fight City Hall … or at least the local school districts. Jacob, who’s fighting the proposed Kootenai Technical Education Campus levies on the ballot Tuesday, got quick, across-the-board results recently when he objected to a pro-KTEC link on the Web pages of Coeur d’Alene, Lakeland and Post Falls school districts. Quoth Jacob in e-mail: “Linking (to the pro-KTEC Web site) is highly inappropriate on the district’s part given that this website is wildly biased in favor of KTEC and even contains an explicit plea to ‘[v]ote YES on the KTEC Levy, coming August 24th (Tuesday).’ ” Coeur d’Alene and Post Falls agreed with Minter’s position immediately and yanked the questionable link. Tom Taggart of the Lakeland School District reluctantly did, too, stating: “While I think this is not a legal violation, I do think it goes beyond (our) usual practice during elections. We will be removing the link but keeping the other informational materials posted.” Be sure to vote Tuesday.
Poet’s Corner: Noble legume,/small and classy,/full of protein,/although gassy;/a boon for farms/from Sprague to Lind – /if I attend/I’ll stay upwind – The Bard of Sherman Avenue (“The National Lentil Festival in Pullman”) … Hux Online Poll: 61 percent of my responding readers (115 of 189) say the Spokane-to-Sandpoint relay should continue, despite the two accidents at this year’s event that left one female participant dead and two badly hurt. BTW, why do organizers call it Spokane-to-Sandpoint when a portion of the relay runs through City Park in CdA? … Our Snake Pit Venomous Vixens stomped visiting Hellgate Rollergirls 182-112 at Skate Plaza in the locals second Roller Derby match of the year. Our delicate lasses who go by such pseudonyms as Hooky Hellraiser and Eff-Bomber will be back in action again Sept. 19 … Linsey Corbin, the Missoulian who set a women’s record at Ford Ironman Coeur d’Alene, is the subject of an 11-page spread in the fall edition of Inside Triathlon. Entitled “The Hard Way,” according to the Missoulian, “the article focuses on Corbin’s commitment to live in Missoula and journey to a breakthrough Ironman win in June with a course-record time of 9:17.54 in Coeur d’Alene” … How bored is life in the dog days of summer for D.J. Nall, of Hauser Lake? So boring that she was excited to check out the new Post Falls Walmart to buy cleaning brushes, only to find the store shut because she’d arrived a day early for the grand opening last week.
On her Hauser Lake dock last Monday, S-R photo buddy Kathy Plonka was talking to her friend about her son, Jordan, stating that she thought her child was “a nice young man.” Then, Kathy corrected herself: “I mean, boy.” At that point, Jordan, who was listening nearby, asked: “What’s the difference between a man and a boy?” Without pausing, Kathy answered: “Height.” Ouch!