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A MAN FOR ONE SEASON
They will recite the 23rd Psalm in a little white clapboard church in Durham, N.H., at the funeral service for Bob Kullen. The 23rd Psalm was his mantra: "The Lord is my shepherd...." It had given him succor over the summer of 1987, when he learned that he had a rare heart disorder. He had recited it to himself during the most perilous moments after his heart transplant operation. And he had read it aloud in that same church just before Christmas three years ago, when he pledged that new heart to his luminous bride, Cathy.
Doctors may have been surprised when Kullen returned to coach the Wildcats two seasons ago, but those who had watched him as an undersized but game defenseman—he was an All-America at Bowdoin and a member of the 1972 U.S. Olympic team—knew him as someone who routinely surpassed expectations.
The last time I saw him was in February, in New Hampshire's Lundholm Gym, where we had both come to watch a basketball game. It was one of the few sports that Kully knew little about. But nothing in life was now exempt from his curiosity. He remarked at how fastidiously its coaches controlled play. It must have seemed so futile to him, such a preoccupation with every little thing.
"This," he had said of life with a new heart, "is gravy." As much as Bob Kullen will be missed, his example will persist. To so many people in Durham, indeed in the Northeast, his heart took.
BANNED IN STANFORD
It's not exactly 2 Live Crew, but the Leland Stanford Junior University Marching Band has fallen victim to censorship. The Stanford band, which is known and even beloved for its sophomoric wit and dubious taste, had to sit out Saturday's home game against Washington State because of something it did the week before at the University of Oregon.
And what did the band do? Well, it made fun of the controversy over the spotted owl, a threatened species whose presence in Northwest forests has put a crimp in the logging industry. At one point the crowd in Eugene heard the band announcer say, "Mr. Spotted Owl! Mr. Spotted Owl! Your environment has been destroyed; your home is now a roll of Brawny; and your family has flown the coop. What are you going to do? Me, I'm going to Disneyland." The band also formed the shape of a large chainsaw while playing Monty Python's The Lumberjack Song.