Thanks to all who shared in our opening event at WOW Wingery and Cafe in Landover Town Center. During this gathering, and the annual function at Watts Branch Playground, and the Father’s Day cookout hosted each year by former McKinley Tech playmaker Kevin Tatum (’69), our leadership was able to meet or re-connect with Coach Butch McAdams, Bowie’s Herb Gray. Jr., Parkdale “Chick” Lyles, legendary Tech stars “Apple” Milam and Jeffrey Harrison, Lawrence Moten of Archbishop Carroll, DeMatha’s Carroll Holmes and Daryl Greene (who owns WOW- thanks Daryl), “Chink” Gray of Parkdale, Duval’s Dickie Brown, and many others who did their thing in the area. We also appreciate the support and kind words of those who had previous or out-of-town engagements, such as DeMatha alum James Brown. When “JB” was told we’d hang his warmup top over a chair for inspiration (an inside joke about a historic McKinley Tech-DeMatha clash in the Knights of Columbus Tournament), he responsed, “Now that’s dusting off an old memory”.
A good time (and great reminiscing) was had by all. We hope to make our get together an annual thing that ties in with not only the weekend of the cookout and the Watts Branch piece, but the annual scholarship benefit Hoop Dreams 3-on-3 tournament hosted by the Hoop Dreams foundation to assist college-bound students at H.D. Woodson High. Susie Kay does a wonderful job with that organization, as many of you know. We hope to see all of our readers, contributors and supporters next June.