I just got back from a fabulous weekend in Jackson to attend the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame Induction Weekend. Although I covered sports in Jackson for 3 years in the mid '80s, there wasn't much of a Hall of Fame back then. As I remember, it was just a small building called the Dizzy Dean Museum. But these days, thanks to my old friend and the first museum director, Michael Rubenstein, the place rivals Cooperstown with its displays of sports history and the accomplishments of Mississippi athletes.
Michael died last December and this museum is his legacy. Thankfully, he surrounded himself with others who are passionate about the history of the Mississippi sports.
Next year, I'll take Wally back with me. I can't believe he didn't come this time. Maybe that 12-hour drive had something to do with it. But it was worth it. And even though I haven't been on t.v. in Jackson in over 25 years, I got recognized at the banquet by a former golfer and MS Hall of Famer. Joe Iupe Jr. won just about every amateur golf tournament he ever entered. He doesn't play these days due to vision problems. Yep, the one guy who recognized me, out of about 700 people who were there, can't see straight. Go figure.