The Colgate Scene
March 2007


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. . . I found the January issue of the Scene particularly rewarding, as I kept turning pages and finding more and more interesting items. I especially appreciated the introduction of Dean Johnson, whose appointment I was not previously aware of. (They tried to teach me not to end a sentence with a preposition, but failed.) Her appointment showed me how far Colgate has come over the 50-plus years since I graduated, and it was gratifying. It took a lot of fortitude to select — a lawyer.

. . . Thank you for the "Celebrating Culture" piece in the January 2007 Scene. I am thrilled to know Colgate has cross-cultural ties with the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois Six Nations), as well as academic ties. The polarities of strength in "traditional" Indian country are the pueblos of the Southwest and the Haudenosaunee people of (primarily) upstate New York. Colgate is only an hour's drive from the Onondaga Nation — the traditional heart of the Six Nations.

Having been raised in New Mexico with admiration for the cultural heritage of the Pueblo people, I wish I had known about and had an opportunity to learn from the Haudenosaunee during my time at Colgate. Having now worked for many years with traditional Indian leaders from throughout North America, I know firsthand that some of the greatest traditional minds and most powerful spiritual leaders anywhere live just over Colgate's back fence.

. . . I recently noticed in the last Scene the report that Tad Brown '86 had been promoted to CEO of the Houston Rockets. Tad was a stellar performer for some fairly dismal Red Raider teams and served as team captain for three years ('83-'86). I had the honor of playing for two years and thought Tad did an outstanding job as captain under some extremely trying circumstances. At that time, Colgate was a member of the old ECAC North Atlantic and we were overwhelmed by the likes of Northeastern (Coach Jim Calhoun, now at UConn; Reggie Lewis) and Canisius (7'0", 245-lb. Mike Smrek, who had a cup of coffee with the Chicago Bulls). Even the lesser teams were state schools (U. of Vermont, U. of New Hampshire, U. of Maine).

Our league record during Tad's years reflected the level of competition more than the heart and soul of the team. Like all Colgate teams, we worked our butts off (especially on defense). During that time, we played a pass-around-a-lot, one-shot-and-done Princeton/Pete Carrill offense. Needless to say, our games were low-scoring affairs and probably pretty boring to watch, but if memory serves correctly, the end result was that we ended the 1984-85 season ranked third in the country in points allowed per game. We may have been blown out once or twice, but the rest of the time we were in the games. Teams really hated playing us. And Tad Brown was our fearless leader.

So, cheers to the Rockets for recognizing talent, hard work, and passion. Way to go, Tad!

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