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Kennedy was braced inside the door by a bearded, heavy-chested young man wearing a " Hawaii 76" T shirt. A horn man for the Mini-Mizzou, Kennedy said.
"Where's the chicks, Bo? You always come in with the chicks."
"Sure I do," said Kennedy, and steered Terri inside by her elbow.
Scott Sims was already there, a couple of beers ahead. He said it had not been his week, and moved away. On the far side of the room, Danny Van Rheen and his blonde J-schooler Allison had captured a booth. Kennedy and Terri pushed for it. Just as they sat down, a short, muscular young man loomed over them.
"Hey, Meat, what's going on?" asked Kennedy.
"Party at the Pit Saturday night, but get home early tonight. You're in training."
In real life, Kennedy said, "Meat" was Bob McRoberts. He characterized him as a small but incredibly fierce defensive end, and a "crazy man. He'll do anything. He loves it when it's cold—runs around in flimsy shirts. Always got the sniffes. But Meat's got the one thing I'd really like to have."
"No, his Jeep. His yellow CJ-5. The perfect vehicle. Got everything on it, including a tow bar. You know what he did one night? He ran his Jeep onto the lawn of the Kappa Alpha house and rammed into their cannon three or four times until it fell apart. I don't know how he got out of that."
A girl with a large expanse of gums came to the table to "wish Terri a happy birthday." Two other girls trailed behind her. "They're dying to meet Jim," she said, looking at Terri for approval. "Do you mind?" she asked.