Betsy Ross-- and the 4th of July
I attended the parade Saturday in my hometown of Connersville that included new Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens. However, I did not see him pass by my location. The call of nature came at a most inopportune time, and I missed him. Plus it was raining like crazy that day, and rain and the open air is not a good combination.
That was only half of the allure to that parade. I also got a chance to see a hometown legend from Connersville-- former anchor and ESPNNews announcer Betsy Ross. Somehow, Betsy Ross participating in a parade just after the Fourth of July makes sense. But anyway, I had a chance to say hello to her as she passed by.
She doesn't know this, but she left an indelible mark on me back in my formative reporter years. Before coming here to Vincennes, I served as a news director for the Connersville station in 1995-96. I did a report on the dedication of a fine arts center in Connersville, and Ross was the featured speaker. I asked about how she enjoyed her celebrity-- as she was with ESPNNews at the time-- and she said something interesting... "We're all reporters." No matter who or what level we report on... it was a very true statement. When it comes down to it, we are all the same.
Thanks to Betsy Ross-- a Connersville legend, who left a mark on a Connersville native who was about to go west, and take that lesson to heart here in Vincennes. Thanks again.
That's my take... I'm Tom Lee.