dumb we were," says Monica Johnson, a 64-year-old beekeeper from Two
Creeks, Wis. "We had three little boys when we got on the list in 1971. We
figured that each Sunday my husband and I would take one of the boys. You know,
as a treat." As if. Thirty-six years later she got the tickets, though
those boys now have boys of their own, one of whom plays on a Green Bay high
school freshman team.
For one person on
the list, though, the tickets didn't bring all that much joy. "My dad put
all his kids' names on the list when I was 11," says Tom Stoller, 46, of
Algoma, Wis. "Didn't tell us, either. Just wanted to surprise us." That
was in 1972. Last year Tom still wasn't in, but he was getting close enough to
smell the brats. The Packers' ticket office sends all people on the waiting
list a postcard every October telling them where they stand, and Tom's card
said 11. He was so pumped that he took it over to show his 68-year-old dad,
Joe, who was thrilled. "Next year for sure, son," a beaming Joe
But just before
Christmas, Joe died in a car accident. Six months later Tom got the gift his
dad had picked out for him 35 years before. He hasn't been to a game yet—partly
because he's been busy following his son's college football team and partly
because it's not as much fun to open a present when the one who gave it to you
When Tom finally
goes, "it's going to be kind of bittersweet," he says. "Kind of
emotional. I don't know when I'll go exactly. I mean, my dad took me to my
first-ever Packers game."
Guess some Lambeau
Leaps are harder than others.
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