* Out of respect for the innocent, names have either been changed or withheld. Out of respect for the guilty, the rest has been told exactly as it occurred – with tongue firmly planted in cheek…
Monday night, the KU Alumni Association held a watch party at Seattle’s world famous Space Needle for the Jayhawks’ game against Iowa State. The CEO of the Space Needle is a KU grad, so the party was top-notch, with close to 200 alumni enjoying the view, food, drinks, company…and, oh yeah – a 76-72 victory against the Cyclones.
The watch party also featured KU library’s archivist in attendance from Lawrence, who brought with her a variety of memorabilia related to Phog Allen as well as the 1952 championship team – a title that the Jayhawks won in Seattle.
With advance notice, KU BALLS would have gladly contributed additional items to complement & enhance the display, in particular focusing on the 1952 championship team because of its ties to Seattle. Maybe the next visit. Until then, a smattering of items:
The evening was going well – spirits were high from dunks, spirits were drunk from drinks.
Some of the official memorabilia was sitting right next to a variety of giveaway items – stickers, pins, etc.
One individual, browsing the items, mistakenly thought that the 1952 yearbook celebrating the championship season was a freebie to take. So she did.
Fortunately, the KU BALLS crack security team was also in attendance and – being well-versed in the value of Jayhawk artifacts and their importance to the documentation of Western Civilization – sprang into action and alerted KU’s archivist. The archivist tracked down the (unknowing) would-be-thief, recovered the program, and tragedy was avoided.
The rest of the evening went off without a hitch, though KU BALLS felt obligated to keep its watchful eyes on the distinguished memorabilia. KU artifacts can demand a premium on the black market, and it is important to maintain constant vigilance and employ nothing but the most advanced and innovative security precautions.