2001 Induction Poem
Celebrate Three of the Longest Jumps
You only thought about doing the long jump
for a short time before each flight
over the sand reached new records
as chains stretched to the breaking point.
You pitched, passed and shot baskets,
but tack and field held your first love
with the wind in your face as you sprinted
or leaped in the air. You added the triple jump
and the high jump to your awards. You ran
from the neighborhood talent to high school star
to All-American to the ’64 Olympics, jumps
as long as the echo of our cheers.
You spring into our households with your long-running column,
speaking daily with words that tickle and prod us
inwardly and outwardly toward higher registers
of emotional and civic involvement.
Your pen-wielding skills have won individual and team honors
in a special event called commitment to community.
Throngs of loyal fans applaud your prowess at hearing a
and telling the stories of all categories of Quadcitians,
at observing and understanding human nature,
and at forging local identity and pride. A ubiquitous presence
at city happenings from art strolls to doggie dashes,
you take our pulse and humor us into reflection or action.
Consummate Newspaper Man, Master Columnist,
your wide, gentle grin slips out between lines of type
into our homes, offices and hearts. No reader need wonder:
you are there and you do care.
Your progressive leadership’s a gentle breeze
that always blows in the right direction
through many offices and organizations.
Your enthusiasm breathes new life
into philanthropy, scholarship, and research.
Your long love of books stretches
from the Davenport Public Library to medical libraries
to rural ones. You celebrate reading
by donating books so others cross
the learning line first. Yours is the beauty
of Augustana’s Homecoming Queen; yours is the Olympics
of the printed word; yours is the honor
of a name in Who’s Who of American Women.
The Hall of Honor recognizes three outstanding alumni
for ther service to school, community and society
and summons them back to the starting line.
Written by Dick Stahl