Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Remember the 10

Every morning when I went into work, I would come around the corner of the ETS building on campus and there would be Kendall and James having their morning cigarette break (Kool Soopah Longs).

On January 28, 2001, I didn't want to come around that corner.

On January 27, 2001, 10 members of the Oklahoma State University family died in a plane crash in Colorado.

Kendall was on that plane.

He was my first real boss at my first real job.

He wore pocket tees with holes in them.

He had a ball cap with "FOG" on it. (Foghat. Get it?)

I got some of my favorite quotes from him. I can still picture his drunk, squinty-eyed face as he gestured with his Kool, "Take a picture of ME!" and "Chicken make lousy house-pet."

At his funeral, our friend EB came up to me and said, "That crazy Kendall." He was right. Crazy Kendall. I miss you.


We won't be in Stillwater this year for the run, but here are a couple of photos from last year.


  1. survivor buddy8:13 PM

    What a great rememberance you're giving Kendall. I remember years ago laying in bed watching TV in disblief of what had happened. Kendall sounds like he was a great guy!

  2. I remember Kendall well. He was one of the only people at ETS when I was an intern who didn't act like he was better than I was. Seems odd that it's been 7 years. Seems odd that it ever happened. I miss him, too. I can still remember Eddie coming on TV to give us the news. He looked so drained.

  3. Anonymous8:43 AM

    Yes, it was a cold night that night as January often is...but, for me, around 12:30 or 1 got even colder. That's when our car caravan heard the news. It was a long ride back from Tulsa not knowing all the details. And then knowing them. Rest in peace -- all. kelinokc.

  4. How sad.

    RIP Kendall. I bet you were a cool dude.