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J .. Page A-4 - Mason County Journal - Thursday, June 19, 2014 KOMEN COMMENT Sports fame can be fleeting o you remember Don Hein- rich? How about Hugh McE1- henny? EDITOR'S NOTE: Across the dinner table, the young Komen Comment will beon hold until after the Nov. 4 general election as John Komen is running for Mason County PUD 3's board of commissioners. businessman from Bremerton pon- dered the questions. No, he said. He hadn't heard of Heinrich. And, no, McElhenny didn't ring any bells either. Interest- ing, the ques- tioner thought. This guy's from Bremerton and he never heard of Heinrich? The table companion was quickly brought By JOHN up to speed. Hein- KOMEN rich was the great Bremerton High School quarterback who went on to even greater success as a University of Washington signal caller. He teamed with McElhenny to whom Heinrich handed off the ball and who carried it spectacularly for the Huskies and later achieved pro- fessional stardom with the San Fran- cisco 49ers. Unimpressed, the dinner compan- ion moved the conversation along to subjects more to his liking. So while he talked business, his companion (the questioner) silently discussed to himself how brief are the flames of fame. Well, maybe not brief, but fame for sports stars does fade over time. And that's sorrowful because their names bring tremendous pleasure to those of a certain age. The passing recently of Bob Hou- bregs brought to mind many past athletes who displayed admirable prowess in arenas and on fields, rinks, ballparks and other Pacific Northwest sports venues. The 6-foot-7 Houbregs' place in sports history was assured by his starring basketball role for the Washington Huskies. He shot and rebounded the Huskies to their only NCAA Final Four in 1952-53. Se- lected No. 2 in the professional draft, he played five years for four NBA teams and went on to become general manager of the Seattle SuperSonics (Remember them?). Remember Fred Hutchinson? Remember George Wilson? What of Arnie Weinmeister? Or Edo Vanni, Don McKeta, Earl Averill, Ron Santo and the irrepress- ible Steve Zungul. Who are these guys you ask? You could look them up, but let's run down a few to freshen some memory banks. As mentioned earlier, McElhenny and Heinrich played Huskies foot- USPS 492-800 Mason County ball. Hustlin' Hugh starred in 1949, 1950 and 1951; Don in 1949, 1950 and 1952. It was said of McElhenny he was the only college football player who took a pay cut when he turned pro. It was McElhenny who helped bring a National Football League team to Seattle. He brought his 49ers to Husky Stadium for an exhibition game, and that wet Seattle's appetite for a pro team, eventually the Seattle Seahawks. Hutchinson and Santo came out of Seattle high schools and went on to baseball Hall of Fame careers. Averill, the "Earl of Snohomish," also got into baseball's Hall. Vanni never played in the majors, but his minor league career with the Seattle Indians and later for many years with the Rai- niers made him a fixture as player, manager and general manager in Seattle baseball. (His autograph is a much sought item among fans of the long-ago eight-team Pacific Coast League.) Wilson? Weinmeister? McKeta? All were rugged football Huskies with storied careers in different eras. Wilson played in 1923-25 and is often considered the greatest of all Huskies. Weinmeister was a great defensive tackle in 1942-47 for the Huskies, then for the New York Gi- ants "and went on to four Pro Bowls and the Hall of Fame. McKeta captained the Huskies in the 1959 and 1960 Rose Bowls under hard-nosed coach Jim Owens. McKeta was considered the all-time rugged halfback in Huskies lore, and he looked the part with his crewcut hair and his broken nose. Steve Zungel? Well, besides his intriguing last name, he also played crowd-pleasing soccer for the Tacoma entry in a long-forgotten indoor soc- cer league. They called themselves Major League, but except for Zungel, it could easily be argued they never rose above the middle minors. John Komen, who lives on Ma- son Lake, was for 40 years a reporter and editor, TV anchorman, national TV network correspondent, producer, columnist, editorial writer and com- mentator. His column, Komen Com- ment, appears each week in the Ma- son County Journal. "ALL Tl4rr. ILTOF, N/k 61Vll [l,/k ' 1'kl,,," LETTERS TO THE EDITOR We need a change in leadership Editor, the Journal Integrity is not a game. When our local state senator pres- ents himself as a person of good char- acter, my stomach churns. I've never understood how a politi- cian publically can support something and then vote against it when the time to back up his position arrives. Serving also as our county commis- sioner, he voted against themeasure to fund badly needed mental health services. Yet, when the county health department assigned the job to our lo- cal mental health resource, he bragged about how much it was needed as if he supported it. During the work for the state capi- tal budget, our senator -- now in a leadership position -- both argued and voted against the adoption of a capital budget on the basis that it was not required constitutionally. The fact that his vote and leadership killed the badly needed funds to support our lo- cal senior center and Mason County Sheriffs Office evidence facility no lon- ger mattered. It's time for a change. Let integrity come back to the 35th Legislative Dis- trict. Vote Irene Bowling for Senate. Honesty is important. Had enough yet? Sally Jones Shelton Issues with float selection method Editor, the Journal For over a month prior to the For- est Festival Parade, I attempted to make contact with parade officials / organizers by email and phone. Calls :Jouma| Le.er Policy The Jo uinai e nC0u rages origin al lee rs :: to the ;editor of local; interest; Diverse will n0t;;; and emails were not answered. After the deadline for entry, I made one last attempt to participate in the parade and were reluctantly given the home number for the president of the Forest Festival, Judy Bidwell. When I talked with her about the parade and possibility of entering a political candidate, her very first question was "who is the candidate?" I nearly said, "does it matter?" but instead told her the candidate's name. The rules clearly stated all entries must be decorated using the 2014 theme "Our Logging Legacy." I was stymied about how we might decorate a Corvette carrying the candidate and comply with the logging legacy theme: She responded that "was just a sug- gestion." Finally, she said there was no more room in the parade, not even for one car. I do not feel the Mason County For- est Festival Association is accurately representing the community. The ap- pearance is that the Mason County Forest Festival is using the event to showcase Republican candidates. There were many candidates in the parade and only one was a Democrat. Larry King Shelton POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Mason County Journal, Re. Box 430, Shelton, WA 98584. Published weekly by the Mason County Journal at 227 West Cota Street, Shelton, Washington Mailing address: P.O. Box 430, Shelton, WA 98584 Telephone (360) 426-4412,www.masoncounty.com Periodicals postage paid at Shelton, Washington Mason County Journal is a member of Washington Newspaper Publishers' Association. SUBSCRIPTION RATES: $37 per year for Mason County addresses, $51 per year in state of Washington but outside Mason County, $61 per year out of state. Owned and published by Shelton-Mason County Journal, Inc. Tom Hyde, publisher Newsroom: Adam Rudnick, editor Natalie Johnson, reporter Gordon Weeks, reporter Emily Hanson, sports reporter Kirk Ericson, proofreader Advertising: Dave Pierik, Sr. Acct. Executive Kathy Brooks, ad representative Lloyd Mullen, ad representative Front office: Donna Kinnaird, bookkeeper Amanda Elson, circulation Composing room: William Adams, graphics Linda Frizzell, graphics All editorial, advertising and legal deadlines are 5 p.m. Monday prior to publication. To submit a letter to the editor, email edam@masoncounty.com.