Despite the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent campus shutdown, Marshall University celebrated the rebirth of the Thundering Herd’s football program during the annual spring fountain ceremony Saturday.
HUNTINGTON — What happened on the night of Nov. 14, 1970, is no secret to those who call Huntington home. But a memorial erected to honor a group of fraternity brothers who died in a plane crash that night — something that could be easily overlooked — was taken down Friday in order to restore it to its original state.
The following is a synopsis of the Putnam Rotary meeting of Tuesday, June 11. The Putnam Rotary meets at noon Tuesdays at Area 34. "It was the greatest disaster — ever — in any sports event," Dr. Bob Alexander told Putnam Rotarians today.
ASHLAND — It was Nov. 14, 1970, and for Dr. Paul Lett a day off from his stressful job as director of the emergency room at Cabell Huntington Hospital. A carefree Saturday afternoon that the doctor used to paint a room in his house in Huntington's Greenbrier Heights neighborhood, wound up being a day he would never forget.
HUNTINGTON — Leslie Deese Garvis was only 6 months old when her father, Danny Deese, charter coordinator for Southern Airways Flight 932, perished among the 75 Thundering Herd teammates, coaches, staff, supporters and flight crew on Nov. 14, 1970. At noon Wednesday, Nov. 14, Garvis will take the stage as keynote speaker for the 48th Memorial Fountain Ceremony on Marshall University's Huntington campus.
HUNTINGTON - Through speeches and song Tuesday, the pattering of water against the copper tubing of the Marshall University Memorial Fountain could be heard until the last drop fell, signifying the end of 75 lives the copper represents.
For the first time, a person born after the Nov. 14, 1970, plane crash that claimed 75 lives has been chosen to speak at the annual memorial of the tragic accident.
HUNTINGTON - Everywhere else, the turning of a knob to release the flow of water is routine. At Marshall University, it's recognition of the miraculous.
We come every year.
Not from any feeling of obligation, duty or responsibility.
And, certainly, not because it's the social thing to do annually on November 14.
HUNTINGTON - Not many people can say they were the last to see someone alive.
Tom Raymond is one who can.
In November, 1970, Raymond was working on a Master's of Science degree at East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C. He told the school's sports information director about the photography skills he'd acquired while at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. The SID asked him if he'd be interested in shooting East Carolina's home football games. He said yes.
Danny D'Antoni doesn't talk much about "the crash."
He hasn't watched the "We Are Marshall" movie. He avoided the annual Nov. 14 fountain ceremony for more than 40 years. He bears his grief in silence like men were taught to do in his day.
HUNTINGTON - Marshall University officially brought the Memorial Fountain back to life Saturday during the annual spring fountain ceremony on campus.
HUNTINGTON - A change of plans will keep Katherine O'Connor Beiter from being in Huntington on Saturday during the 45th annual memorial service to remember the 75 victims of the 1970 Marshall University plane crash.
CHARLESTON -- At one point each nine weeks, teacher Melissa Case and her eighth-grade students at John Adams Middle School devote time to a sensitive subject.
HUNTINGTON -- Had Ted Shoebridge lived, he would now be 64 years old, and long since retired from a playing career in the NFL or major league baseball.
HUNTINGTON — Got a twisted ankle, pulled hamstring or sore arm? Mark Smaha can help. The farm boy from Iowa was educated for that line of work.
HUNTINGTON — From 114 wins in the 90s to just 27 in the past six seasons. The slide from being the winningest program in college football to where the program rests today has been a major source of contention among Herd football fans, save at least one — Reggie Oliver.
HUNTINGTON -- Even though it's been 38 years since the tragic Marshall plane crash, I still get a bit apprehensive each Nov. 14 as I approach the Memorial Student Center for the memorial service to remember the 75 people who lost their lives in the worst air disaster in sports history. This year, the apprehension was gone, replaced by anticipation. I, along with the Marshall community, would be reunited with a dear friend in a manner of speaking.
Nine-year-old Keith Morehouse didn't know his future was charted when his father died in the Marshall University plane crash 27 years ago today.
Something, as Reggie Oliver put it, told Jerome Hood now was his appointed time. Yes, tears would flow and pain would be felt. Those emotions always surface on a particular November day when Marshall University stops to remember the 75 people who lost their lives in what still ranks as the worst air tragedy in American sports history.
Editor's note: Cindy Arnold Pierce's parents, Charles Arnold and Rachel Baker, were among the 75 people killed in the Marshall plane crash Nov. 14, 1970. Her parents relocated their family to Huntington one year earlier in order for her father to run the office of Mutual of Omaha. He was the…
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HUNTINGTON -- Sam Botek had a lot to smile about Saturday morning. The Toledo, Ohio, native found himself on the podium to serve as featured speaker at Marshall's Spring Fountain Ceremony where the Memorial Fountain at Memorial Student Center is turned on to signify the rebirth of Thundering…
HUNTINGTON — The sight of more than 2,000 students and Huntington community members in the Memorial Student Center Plaza on Marshall University's campus Thursday afternoon was a refreshing one for Young Thundering Herd quarterback Reggie Oliver.
HUNTINGTON -- Bill Forbes was a "knock-kneed freshman" donning the Herd's No. 33 jersey for the first time when, he said, he first felt the magnitude of the Nov. 14, 1970, plane crash.
HUNTINGTON -- Geoff Carey isn't a Marshall graduate, but when he read about the Marshall Athletics Spring Fountain Celebration, he knew he had to bring his family on Saturday.
HUNTINGTON -- Rick Meckstroth craned his neck a little, looking out at the Marshall University students who had paused in the middle of their busy day and gathered around the Memorial Fountain in the student center plaza.
HUNTINGTON — Rick Meckstroth craned his neck a little, looking out at the Marshall University students who had paused in the middle of their busy day and gathered around the Memorial Fountain in the student center plaza.
HUNTINGTON — It’s been 40 years, nearly two generations, since a plane carrying 75 Marshall University players, coaches and supporters crashed just short of a landing at Tri-State Airport.
HUNTINGTON — Mickey Jackson, an assistant coach on the 1970 Marshall University football, team will talk about the “defining moment” for him and many others in Huntington when the community gathers on Sunday, Nov. 14, to remember 75 people who lost their lives 40 years ago today.
HUNTINGTON -- People with ties to Marshall University will pause Saturday to remember and honor victims of the greatest sports aviation disaster in history.
HUNTINGTON — The 1970 Marshall football schedule showed the Thundering Herd would visit East Carolina on Nov. 14. The catch to this road trip compared with the other four that season was how the team traveled. Bus out, chartered jet in.
HUNTINGTON -- Daniel and Madge Slay finally got to pay their respects to people they didn't know. The two did so 38 years after the fact. To top it off, it took a movie to inspire the two to drive in from Missouri for the special occasion.
HUNTINGTON -- The plane crash that killed 75 football players, coaches, staff, supporters and flight crew 38 years ago will always be a part of Marshall University's history.
HUNTINGTON -- Hysen Selman has seen the movie "We Are Marshall." Patty Smith, Selman's granddaughter who has ties to Marshall and Thundering Herd football, hasn't seen it.
HUNTINGTON -- When The Rev. Robert Scott celebrates Mass today at St. Austin Catholic Parish in Austin, Texas, he'll offer up a special prayer to people touched in any way by the Marshall University plane crash on Nov. 14, 1970.