Leo’s lasts, Elon firsts and new beginnings (Includes video)

  A little more than a year ago Leo Lambert announced plans to retire as president of Elon University, ending 19 remarkable years guiding a once small regional college to its transformation into a nationally renowned university. On the day his plans were made public, I had worked at Elon barely a month. I remember … Continue reading Leo’s lasts, Elon firsts and new beginnings (Includes video)

Throwback Thursday: Tough for rivals to finally acknowledge greatness

Three years ago today a public memorial ceremony was held following the death of retired University of North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith. I took that occasion to write about growing up in a basketball-crazed area -- North Carolina -- and how it shapes misguided thinking, until it doesn't and common sense takes over. Rivalries … Continue reading Throwback Thursday: Tough for rivals to finally acknowledge greatness

1956: The year Elvis visited Burlington and left high school gyms way behind

One of my favorite features we published during my second tour of duty with the Burlington Times-News was this one by Alamance County historian Walter Boyd. It's about the 18 hours music icon Elvis Presley spent in Burlington in February of 1956, including a performance at Williams High School. That story published in 2015, in … Continue reading 1956: The year Elvis visited Burlington and left high school gyms way behind

History, irony and ‘Olympic Pride, American Prejudice’

Nearly everyone who knows much about the history of Olympic sports in the United States has heard of Jesse Owens. Many of them are aware he won four gold medals at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin. Most of those understand that as an African-American he did so under the glare of Adolf Hitler and … Continue reading History, irony and ‘Olympic Pride, American Prejudice’