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“I’m not wearing black to your Daddy’s funeral. We need to make sure my red blazer is clean. I’m wearing my red blazer for NC State.” This was what my Mama had to say as she and my sisters started discussing my Daddy’s funeral.
Texpack Sr (BSME ‘50) is in hospice. His final days are here. He has only the Syracuse game tonight to complete his days as a Wolfpacker. He watched basketball games in Frank Thompson Gym, was in the stands for the opening of Reynolds Coliseum and Carter Stadium. His classmates at State included C.A. Dillon and Norman Sloan. He had an old box radio that we used to listen to State games on. Mama said the only station it would pick up was WPTF. I heard DT score 55 against Buffalo State, Ted Brown rush for 251 yards against Penn State, and Stan Fritts bust a 53 yd TD run through the middle of the Cornhusker defense on that radio. We watched the 1974 National Championship run together. In ‘83 we celebrated over the phone throughout the run since I was a State student at the time.
Week before last when I was home he said he was looking forward to basketball season. He always has.
Hopefully the Pack can get a win tonight and close out an incredible run for my Dad.