To celebrate the former Illini coach's birthday Friday, we asked members of the booster club he helped found — Rebounders — for some tribute messages.
We are in Ft. Myers FL enjoying the warmth and sunshine. We want to wish Lou a very Happy Birthday and many more. You are a special person and we are honored to be considered your friends. Best wishes to Mary too. Warmest regards.
— Bill and Pat Mitze
Happy Birthday, Coach! Thank you for the great memories, Orange Crush and Rebounders! We appreciate you! Best Wishes!
— Bob and Becky Albin, Bellflower
Thanks for all the great memories Lou and your continued support of Illini Rebounders. Best wishes to you (and Mary) on your birthday.
Tim & Sue Bachman, Savoy
We will always remember the trip we made up to Mn. for the Sweet 16 and many other special times during your years here at Illinois. I spent many mournful days when you left CU. You are a special person and we thank you for all you did and continue to do for so many people here in CU. Happy Birthday and many thanks!
— Joe and Katie Verdeyen,
Happy 82nd Lou. Keep those grand slams going.
— Al & Linda Boehm
Happy Birthday Coach Lou! Special wishes for a special person on your special day! You’ll always be an Illini Favorite!
— Emory & Jill Alred, Rantoul
Mary joins me in wishing you a great Birthday. You deserve only the best. So many memories of your time at Illinois and what you did for OUR great University. Best wishes for good health and happiness in the years ahead. You know we all love you.
— Lou Liay
Happy Birthday to a classy coach and classy individual.
— Donna Kaye and LaVerne McFadden
We are wishing you the very best on your birthday. Enjoy the day and reflect on the great life you have experienced. Think of the many lives you have touched positively. I am sure you will be seeing Tom Mobley in New Mexico so tell him hi from his Illinois bank buddy.
— Dick Maxwell, Farmer City
You have always been so accommodating to all of us Illini fans. You always had time to stop and visit with us. Best Wishes for Good Health.
— Rich and Louise Connell, Seymour
Here’s hoping you have the best of birthdays surrounded by people you love.
— Sondra and Robert Libman
To a Great COACH and an even better GENTLEMAN. Happy Birthday Lou!
— Gary and Karen Cromwell, Sidney
Happy Birthday Wishes to a wonderful man, & coach! Thank you for so many wonderful Illini memories! Bless you and Mary for starting “REBOUNDERS”! We are so happy to be involved with this group and all the good work they do for the Illini Basketball team!
— Sharon Pearson, Forsyth
We wish you a happy birthday followed by a year of good health and much happiness for both you and Mary. In honor of your birthday, I plan to wear my orange blazer while I shovel snow on Friday.
— Shirlie and Ted Beach, Champaign
I grew up with you and developed a love for Illini basketball that continues to this day. Thanks for making Illini Nation great! Happy Birthday!
— Doug Foltz, Tuscola
Great memories of your coaching tenure and how you lifted the Illini into the National spotlight. I remember being choked up when Illini qualified for “NIT” in 1980. Happy Birthday.
— Don Flynn, Champaign
— Ron and Nancy Guthoff, Normal
Birthday Greetings Uncle Lou! We have always said Uncle Lou ‘cause you are special!! Happy Birthday!! We love you!
— Barbara & Charles Hundley & twin sister Beverly Shelton
Our best Happy Birthday wishes to Coach Henson, a gentleman and a great basketball mind. Thank you for sharing your enthusiasm with the University of Illinois community and creating the Illini Rebounders!
— Linda and Jerry Kleiss, Tolono
7 no trump, doubled, redoubled and making. Happy birthday.
You have been an Illini innovator and very loyal. We wish you a very HAPPY orange and blue Birthday!
— Chuck and Sarah Lee, Champaign
Happy Birthday Coach Henson
— Mike McCormick, Champaign
Thanks for the many fabulous memories! And a Happy Birthday to you!
— Bob and Ann Bender
Have a great day Lou. It was great to spend time with you and Mary at the Flyin Illini festivities over the weekend.
— Judge Dan & Pat
Lou who, to new Lou, to Lou knew! Birthdays count years but actions are the true measure. Exceeds rating for you Lou. Happy Birthday!
Dean Hale, Champaign
Happy Birthday Lou! You are a true Illini Legend!
— Ivan Dozier (the Chief’s Dad)
Love u, Lou, happy bday.
— Stevie Bennett, C-U
We are sending you the warmest birthday greetings possible to help make your special day fun and memorable! Keep that orange sport coat handy to cheer the Illini! Best Wishes
— Mel and Nancy Voss
Happy Birthday Lou, thanks for the memories!
— Mike & Sandra Ray, Forsyth
Happy Birthday to a great guy and great coach.
— The Masons in Danville
Happy birthday to a guy who, like me, had the good fortune to marry someone over his head. We’ll always have great meomries here thanks to you and Mary.
— Mike Jones, Champaign
Many happy returns and a thank you for all the kindnesses you showed my husband before his death. He was one of your biggest admirers.
— Kathy Donahue, widow of Bob Donahue
To a true Illini Legend, from another Illini, with orange and blue running thru both our veins!!! Enjoy your special day!!
— Pam Wilken, Champaign
What a great event last weekend. You and Mary looked great. Have a very very Happy birthday and many more!
— Shorty Eichelberger, Champaign
Thank you for the many years of wonderful ILLINI memories and the founding of the ILLINI Rebounders.
Merv Johnson, Oakwood
You and Mary are such special people. I hope you have a great birthday.
— Doris Young, Tuscola
Happy Birthday greetings to the best “old school” coach ever from two of your “old school” fans!
— Jack and Cheri Carlson
Here’s to the happiest of days....HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
— Jan Dueringer, Champaign
Happy Birthday and wishing you health and happiness always. Go Illini
— Charlie and Blanche Finn
Happy Birthday to the greatest coach both on and off the court!
— John and Barbara Hecker