by Barbara Anne Helberg
FANS Chapter One Excerpt — That Was Then
I’d had the privilege of seeing Roddell Lawson, “Hot Rodd”, my news copy name for him, in his high school hey-day and to write about him for the West Central population, 1,007 strong, in the local Town Crier. I had oozed superlatives and invented new adjective phrases like “hoopsicord in motion” to describe his hardcourt talent and to keep the fans rushing in for more.
Hot Rodd went across state to Toledo College, cracked the senior starting lineup there as a sophomore and took off like a rocket we all never wanted to see land.
That was then.
The accident changed everything.
Soon, I learned there was, still, his sports spirit… The fire of desire burned on low flame in the back of his eyes. It was there to see if you knew him like I did.
Later, I learned, too, there was his son, waiting.
Story and Artwork from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg