Top of the Morning, March 27, 2014
FIELD OF DREAMS
Last Saturday's "Who Lives Here?" on our At Home page drew a record number of responses, almost all of them correct. Turns out several readers who weighed in had visited the "Field of Dreams" setup in Dyersville, Iowa.
From Charylene Taylor of Monticello:
"My husband, John, and I spent our vacations each summer visiting my aunt and uncle in Galena. My uncle kept asking if we wanted to go to 'Field of Dreams.' I refused until we finally rented the VHS tape of the movie and watched it. Then in July 1991 I told my uncle I would love to go. As I sat there on the bench with my uncle I of course thought of my deceased father and looked at the cornfield. Well, he didn't come out of it like Kevin Costner (Ray Kinsella's) father did in the movie! My uncle passed away in 1994 and I have many memories of him, my aunt, and our many annual summer visits with them."
From Tom Bailey of Monticello, who has been there twice, including once (1990) when left field had been farmed over:
"For me it was important because baseball was the sport my dad coached me in. Baseball was special to me. When I went, it reminded me of playing catch with my dad."
Last Sunday's story on the 50th reunion of the state runner-up Cobden Appleknockers boys' basketball team had readers strolling Memory Lane.
Parkland College softball coach Chuck Clutts had a cousin — Rodney Clutts — on Cobden's 1964 team. "It was an exciting time for everyone. When they did the national anthem before the game the TV cameras honed in on Rodney's parents. I still remember the TV picture was not very clear but who cared? My parents had a bunch of people over to watch the game in our one-bedroom apartment."
Ken Buel of Champaign was part of a radio team from WQUA in Moline that called the title game. Cobden's remarkable run wasn't the only attention-grabber.
"It was the only the second year the tournament was at the Assembly Hall so every session was sold out and electric," Buel said. "This was basketball heaven."