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.