Boomer Memories: Missed Opportunity to Learn About Football

Back in the day I came from a small country town where basketball was the in sport.  I do not remember the guys playing football.  Later I moved to St. Louis and was busy raising my girls so I didn’t watch the game.  One night I was out with a new friend that asked if I mined meeting a friend of his.  We walked over to a table where a man was sitting.  My friend said, “Ann, this is Bill Wilkerson.”  Now in the late 70’s early 80’s I met some real Gentleman.  This fella named Bill, stood up and extended his hand for a hand shake.  He said, “Ann, I am very pleased to meet you.”

I put my little bitty hand into this great big hand was in  total awe. Of course the first thought that came into my head fell out of my mouth.  I replied, ” Wow, you sure do have the prettiest voice that I have ever heard.”  At that point everyone went into a fit of laughter and I had no idea why.  I thought I had given the man a compliment.

So my friend explained that this man Bill Wilkerson was a radio station announcer here in St. Louis and did the sports about football.  Now back in those days I didn’t believe much that any man told me so I just replied, “Well, I don’t know nuttin about no football.”  Everyone started to laugh again so I figured I would just let them have their fun since I didn’t believe anything being said anyway.  Now this man Bill was very friendly, polite, courteous and tried to convince me that he was who my friend said he was.  Mr. Wilkerson even gave me a nice compliment.  He said, “You are such a pleasant person and I have really enjoyed meeting you.  I need to send you a book about all you need to know about football.”

We had a lot of fun sitting and chatting.  There wasn’t much talk about football since I had set them all straight that I didn’t know anything about the game.  I must say they were real gentlemen and kept the conversation going about things that I could join in and laugh about.I still didn’t believe this nice speaking man was a radio announcer.

The next morning I arrived at work.  Now my co worker always listened to the early AM radio station KMOX.  I arrived as usual full of myself to tell her of my last nights fun story and how I didn’t believe a word of it.  She listened attentively.  Then she shook her head as her radio played on her desk.  Now she was a much older and wiser person than me.  When I finally shut my mouth she said,  “Bill Wilkerson the radio announcer on KMOX just said that he had met a very nice lady last night that he laughed  with but he did not get her address.  He stated that she said she didn’t know nuttin about football and he wanted to send her a book.”

Here it is Super Bowl Sunday.  I still don’t know anything about football but I am willing to learn.  If you are watching have a real good time.  If you are out and about watching and someone with a beautiful voice introduces himself as Bill Wilkerson listen up!   Don’t miss the chance of a life time to learn a lesson from one of the greatest like I did.  Also remember that you can enjoy laughter and fun while watching the commercials.  🙂

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Originally posted 2011-02-06 21:44:10.

Author: Robert Fowler

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