A lifelong Kansas Jayhawks fan named Don Shoulberg passed away on Tuesday at the age of 76. Shoulberg studied at Kansas and earned his PhD at the university in Speech Communication and Human Relations. Why do we feel confident that he was such an avid Jayhawks fan? Because if not, I highly doubt his family would be planning his memorial service around the tipoff of an NCAA Tournament game. The following is from Shoulberg’s obituary:
A Prayer Service will be at 5 p.m. Friday, March 29, 2013 at the mortuary followed by a visitation until tipoff time for the K.U. basketball game (approx. 6:30 p.m.).”
Yes, this is very much real life. Those of us you who don’t understand clearly can’t comprehend the type of connection some people in Kansas feel with their college basketball team. As The Dagger pointed out, a friend who signed Shoulberg’s guestbook online helped shed a bit more light onto the subject.
Most of our interaction occurred on the office elevator and our conversations almost al...