2005 Induction Poem
Brightening Our Marquee Lights
After Mr. Mortiboy’s baton directed
your favorite song in high school, the band music
never stopped. The stirring rhythms roused
a career in the arts: Broadway, movies, television
alongside Rock Hudson, Doris Day, and Ronald Reagan.
Now the marquee highlights your many roles as you entertain us
with your artistry and beauty. Your star blazes across America
as audiences applaud the “Epic Portions”
of your life-long acting achievements.
You attend every class reunion, drawn back by the music
and the magic of this school’s theater of memories.
Inhale the upper air and discover
the celestial marquee illuminated by starts
and other marvels of space. Your new techniques
for mapping the stratosphere and mesosphere
help maintain the health of our planet. You were the first
to measure the size and depth of the ozone hole. Your level
of accomplishment is truly atmospheric, as NASA has awarded you
its highest honors. Through the Earth Science Vision Initiative,
you apply scientific understanding to better society.
Tomorrow’s stellar promises follow
the talented trajectory of your leadership today.
The dynamics of debate and extemporaneous speaking
sparked your forensic fervor in high school
and at the University of Iowa. After serving your country
as a Marine Corps officer in Vietnam, you pioneered
the integration of information systems as one
of the federal government’s Information Technology marquee,
making it a model for communication systems,
including Desert Storm’s. Your prowess even powered
the 1984 Olympic’s broadcasts.
Running red lights dash across
the Brady Street Stadium marquee to announce
your own Invitational, like spring milers sprinting
to the finish line. You shattered records
for track and cross country competitions,
for teaching and coaching, for making science
as exciting as a foot race, and for crowding
the Brady stands with state champions. Forty years of dedication
in training and timing, being chosen Coach of the Year
at all levels, being elected to the Quad City Sports
Hall of Fame, show your Blue Devil zeal.
Written by Dick Stahl