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Saw Old Friend Signing Books In Tulsa
Oct. 27, 2005
"Riding With The Blue Moth"
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Book Details Cross Country Bike Ride Dealing With Loss
Of His Son

I met with a friend today I had not seen in over thirty years. I was half way watching and listening to Channel 8 TV this morning when I heard Bill Hancock's name. I stopped what I was doing and watched the interview discussing Bill's new book and noted the address where Bill would be signing books later.

Bill Hancock and I worked together in the backshop of the student newspaper at the University of Oklahoma (starting in 1969 for me). We both came there from Oklahoma family newspapers (Hobart for Bill and Collinsville for me). Bill and I worked in the mechanical end of the news business setting the type and putting the type together into pages each day at OU. Bill also worked from the journalism side and was sports editor for a few semesters that I recall. I didn't keep in touch with Bill after our years at OU and for many years I had last known he was Sports Information Director at OU in the 1970s.

The next time I heard of Bill was via the 2001 tragic news of his son's death on the plane crash along with OSU basketball players after a game in Colorado. From the TV interview today, a quick visit with Bill today, and the web site for his new book, I'm filling in a few gaps from the past thirty years. Bill was the director of the NCAA men's basketball tournament when his son Will died. As part of Bill's grief process he made a 2,747-mile cross country bike trip that is described in his book: Riding With The Blue Moth.

-- Ted Wright -- Oct. 27, 2005