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    Default This one's for you, "El Voce" .... and a host of others

    It dawned on me while the Zags' Final Four achievement is a "miracle" to have happened in my lifetime ..... there are many, many others who are enjoying this "ride" from a much better vantage point than mine.

    Here's my starting 5 of great Zags who didn't get to experience it in "this" lifetime (and you're welcome to add yours).

    Jim Solan --- older brother to my close high school friend. It was a joy when Jim came home to Aberdeen from Gonzaga ... especially at Christmas. Jim is the reason I chose Gonzaga and I clearly recall getting the stuffing hugged out of me by Jim on the concourse of KeyArena after the Stanford victory in '99. This is a "once in a lifetime" experience we said to each other. We were wrong. Jim was a Senior when I was a freshman at Gonzaga .... and then he went to GU Law School .... so he was a GREAT sounding board for me (and probably the best guy I've ever met). Jim left us waaaaaay too soon.

    Father Tony Lehman --- can you imagine folks bumping in to Father Tony these days? He's been at his new place for 15 years now and I'm positive that EVERY day, he greets somebody by name who walks away shaking their heads. After all, they'd only met him once and it was over a decade ago. "To be continued ....."

    Dick Shomburg -- El Voce ... the "Voice of Reason" ---- he's the other guy who hugged the stuffing out of me after a key Zag victory .... in this case after the improbable run that kept the "streak" alive --- our win over Santa Clara in the WCC Championship game at Chiles in '07 (after the Heytvelt situation/suspension). You are deeply missed, Dick .... and to this day we frequently need your "Voice of Reason" on this board.

    David Robinson -- I never met Mr. Robinson, but his contributions to Gonzaga and the Spokane community are meaningful to this day and his legacy lives within his children and grandchildren ..... all GREAT Zags

    Sam Cozza -- my classmate and huge Zag fan .... known around these parts as Zag77. I hope the guys are listening this week to Sam's advice ... "Make your $)^%@ free throws"

    And my 6th man is hopefully "non" controversial ... Fitz. He laid the foundation ....... and the guys he brought in certainly built upon that foundation.

    This is a special time .... and I'm just grateful to be around for it. And as I said earlier ..... I KNOW there are countless others who are also cherishing this special, special time.... so .... feel free to add yours .... and if you can .... please share with us a little "tidbit" or two about them.

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    This thread is on the fast track to the HOF.

    ETA: Fr. Tony knew everyone by name on campus. Simply an incredible man, whom I miss greatly after all these years.

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    Lest we forget, Frank Burgess.

    Also I would like to add Greg Sten just because he was my vintage and a great Zag.



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    Great thread GZ!


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    Good job GoZags! I actually thought about El Voce after the game on Saturday. Dick was a longtime friend of mine and I just know he is a happy camper, as his beloved Zags finally made the "Final Four". In addition I had a long career of my own in the Spokane County Courthouse, as did my wife, and we both knew Sam Cozza very well. I suspect all those you mentioned and a host of others are joyously celebrating!
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    I know that Father Arthur Dussault is enjoying Gonzaga success.
    gobroncsgozags: "Have a great day in the podunk, crap hole known as Roslyn."

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    I don't post often, but thought this thread was appropriate to dedicate the Final 4 to my Grandpa - Richard "Dick" Busch. He was an engineering professor at Gonzaga as well as the head baseball coach at Gonzaga from 1945-1966. He moved the baseball team to the Big Sky Conference and even won a conference championship and coach of the year in 1965. He passed away about 10 years ago.

    Understandably, he was a HUGE Gonzaga basketball fan and when he retired in the 80s, the school gave him two basketball tickets for the rest of his and his wife's life (my grandma is 94 and she still get's 2 tix to every home game - can you believe the luck!) I started going to games with him when I was just 5 or 6 years old and sit right behind the GU bench and marvel at Fitz screaming and yelling in the huddles. I continued going to several games a year with him even while I was at G-Prep in the 90s. I know he's smiling down from heaven watching his beloved Bulldogs go to their first ever Final 4 (but not last!!!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by laszagas View Post
    I don't post often, but thought this thread was appropriate to dedicate the Final 4 to my Grandpa - Richard "Dick" Busch. He was an engineering professor at Gonzaga as well as the head baseball coach at Gonzaga from 1945-1966. He moved the baseball team to the Big Sky Conference and even won a conference championship and coach of the year in 1965. He passed away about 10 years ago.

    Understandably, he was a HUGE Gonzaga basketball fan and when he retired in the 80s, the school gave him two basketball tickets for the rest of his and his wife's life (my grandma is 94 and she still get's 2 tix to every home game - can you believe the luck!) I started going to games with him when I was just 5 or 6 years old and sit right behind the GU bench and marvel at Fitz screaming and yelling in the huddles. I continued going to several games a year with him even while I was at G-Prep in the 90s. I know he's smiling down from heaven watching his beloved Bulldogs go to their first ever Final 4 (but not last!!!)
    Small world, my uncle was one of your Grandpa's players! 😀

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    Dwan Hurt.....Big Daddy "D" needs to be part of this thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by former1dog View Post
    Small world, my uncle was one of your Grandpa's players! ��
    If you knew him, you'd know the smell of his sweet tobacco pipe. Pretty sure he smoked it in the dugout and possibly in the classroom. He was never without it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by TexasZagFan View Post
    This thread is on the fast track to the HOF.

    ETA: Fr. Tony knew everyone by name on campus. Simply an incredible man, whom I miss greatly after all these years.
    You know Fr. Tony is cheering from the Heavens. His seat at the end of the row on the court gave him the best view of the games until he was called home to Heaven where he watches the games with the rest of the members mentioned in this post.

    Fr Tony was a legend at GU and I had the privilege of getting to know him well when he was the resident Jesuit at Cushing Hall the year I was an RA for that dorm.

    Love this thread. GO ZAGS

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    I was just thinking about this. Thanks or the post. Definitely hoisting one for all the fans, board members and benefactors who aren't around to see it. But really, they've got the best seat in the house. Go Zags.
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    On the shoulders of giants ...

    "[Fitzgerald] he told me about his first coaching job, handling the JVs at a Catholic high school in L.A. One day, the opposing coach was sick, replaced by a nun in full habit. “You gotta be kiddin’ me,” Fitzgerald said. “I’ve got about 12 pages of notes and every offense known to mankind.” The nun won.

    http://www.seattletimes.com/sports/p...undation-dies/

    "The diagnosis of brain cancer caught us all off guard, but his courage, optimism and the ability to try to enjoy each day inspired all who knew him.... He felt strongly about helping those less fortunate and sat on a number of community boards. After a trip to Kenya he made lifelong friends with a Masai community and helped them to establish their first school. Jim will always be remembered for his vitality and joy of life. His charisma, smile, laugh, and the ability to tell an Irish joke will not soon be forgotten."

    Although faltering, Jim didn't miss a St. Patrick's gathering with Fr. Frank Costello and other alumni just a few months before his passing. RIP.

    http://www.spokesman.com/stories/201...-james-thomas/

    And the Padre ...
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZt6pstfZTM

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    Oh wow. Got a little misty-eyed reading the OP by GoZags. Great call on this thread...ugh...(I also second the nomination that this ends up directly in the HoF).


    Like Section116, I immediately thought of my good friend ElVoce. I only met him ONCE, but was in contact with him often over the course of the last year or so of his life. WHAT A ZAG!! He was special, and I couldn't help but think how elated he would have been when that buzzer sounded after walloping Xavier.

    RIP my friend!!


    And you mentioned some other great zags too. Had many great email conversations with the honorable Sam Cozza (one of the reasons I LOVE putting together the Schedule of Destiny every season).
    Allow myself to introduce....myself...

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    Great thread!
    Love the zags for life

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    I'd like to add my mom Ellen. She loved going to Zag games with me and would climb to the top of the Kennel where my seats are even though she would have to stop a couple of times to catch her breath. When she couldn't make it up the stairs any longer I would trade in my tickets for ADA seats when she would go with. She passed in 2012 and I miss her every day but especially on game days. She would love this!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZaggyStardust View Post
    I'd like to add my mom Ellen. She loved going to Zag games with me and would climb to the top of the Kennel where my seats are even though she would have to stop a couple of times to catch her breath. When she couldn't make it up the stairs any longer I would trade in my tickets for ADA seats when she would go with. She passed in 2012 and I miss her every day but especially on game days. She would love this!!!
    Nice story. I'll add my mom, Beverly, as well. She got her master's in organizational leadership (same as NWG) in the spring of '91 and was killed in a car accident a few weeks later, so never got a chance to see the program grow into a regional power, let alone a national power or title contender. She was good friends with Steve Hertz, and his wife was one of my teachers. Great people, all, who introduced me to the Zag way. This Final Four's for you, ma.
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    Amen, GZ. A hole in one....on a par 4.

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    From Mr S:

    Here's to the winners - lift up the glasses .
    Here's to the glory still to be.
    Here's to the battle, whatever it's for,
    To ask the best of ourselves, then give much more.

    Here's to the heroes - those who move mountains.
    Here's to the miracles they make us see.
    Here's to all brothers - here's to all people
    Here's to the winners all of us can be.

    Here's to the heroes - those who move mountains.
    Here's to the miracles they make us see.
    Here's to all brothers - here's to all people
    Here's to the winners all of us can be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by laszagas View Post
    I don't post often, but thought this thread was appropriate to dedicate the Final 4 to my Grandpa - Richard "Dick" Busch. He was an engineering professor at Gonzaga as well as the head baseball coach at Gonzaga from 1945-1966. He moved the baseball team to the Big Sky Conference and even won a conference championship and coach of the year in 1965. He passed away about 10 years ago.

    Understandably, he was a HUGE Gonzaga basketball fan and when he retired in the 80s, the school gave him two basketball tickets for the rest of his and his wife's life (my grandma is 94 and she still get's 2 tix to every home game - can you believe the luck!) I started going to games with him when I was just 5 or 6 years old and sit right behind the GU bench and marvel at Fitz screaming and yelling in the huddles. I continued going to several games a year with him even while I was at G-Prep in the 90s. I know he's smiling down from heaven watching his beloved Bulldogs go to their first ever Final 4 (but not last!!!)
    I remember your grandpa from when I was a neighborhood urchin exploring around the campus and sitting along the first base line at Mulligan Field waiting for a broken bat. I think it might have been him that "caught" a couple of us messing around with the Link trainer a holdover from WW2 that was in Dillon Hall. I also remember the ever present pipe and his last year as GU Coach which was my first Spring as a student.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zags11 View Post
    Great thread!
    +1

    I was just telling my wife about El Voce on Sunday. So many folks put a lot of human capital building Gonzaga into a special place with special people. I know there were a lot of folks on my mind as I sat there crying Saturday evening.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kdaleb View Post
    +1

    I was just telling my wife about El Voce on Sunday. So many folks put a lot of human capital building Gonzaga into a special place with special people. I know there were a lot of folks on my mind as I sat there crying Saturday evening.

    El Voce. Never met him, but reading his stuff on this board, he sounded like a great individual.

    I'll add Sam Cozza as well. I was in his courtroom from time to time as an attorney. Whether I saw him out in public or on the bench, he was the same guy. Always interested in how you were doing, very proud of his kids, and ALWAYS willing (and eager) to talk Zag basketball. He was just a wonderful human.

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    Can't forget superfan Emma Wasson

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    To El Voce, who brought me into the fold. No better tour guide, ever.
    Once in a while you get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right

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    Quote Originally Posted by SunDevilGolfZag View Post
    Can't forget superfan Emma Wasson
    Of "miss it!" fame?
    Birddog

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bing View Post
    I know that Father Arthur Dussault is enjoying Gonzaga success.
    Fr Dussault was also one of the first people I thought of. Choking up as I type this. He is smiling today.
    Also remembering Fr Morissette a friend to all and Zag fan
    Wish longtime scoreboard operator John Oakley had lived just a little longer so he could see this day


    Go Zags!

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