The Customers Always Write: McKinley Note Brings Back Memories (October 2021)

Interesting articles (in the last issue). My brother (Ronnie) and Bob Tackett played at Bel Air High School in El Paso together and were really good friends. My brother rushed for around 2,000 yards his senior year but had terrible grade, so USC sent him to junior college. I already beat the over/under as I am about to be 67. — Bob McKinley, Austin

{Ed. — Both McKinley brothers died young of cancer. McKinley today is a consultant to Dell in the Austin area. McKinley’s son played at University of Houston under coach Bradley Dale Peveto, first-year defensive coordinator for the Miners. To Miners forever, Bobby is best known as the QB in the mid-1970s who beat Arizona State in Tempe. Wish I had been on that plane ride back to El Paso.}  

Great issue, Mark. Interesting info.  Ed Hochuli

{Ed. — Hochuli played linebacker on stubborn UTEP defenses of the early 1970s. An attorney, Eddie has retired from officiating NFL games.}

Brought back fond memories, Mark. Thanks. — Hector Galindo

Thanks for the trip down memory lane with the picture of Price’s Dairy. Paul was the student trainer then under Ross Moore. I watched all those games from the stands and then waited afterwards for Paul to finish all the chores after a game. He and Ross were usually the last ones to leave. What a great time Paul and I had those years. Thanks again.  

Paul died in June 2019. In 1963 he was hired by Bum Phillips at Port Neches-Groves High. From there he went to Brazosport High School in Freeport. At both schools he was the first athletic trainer employed by the school. In 1972 he was hired as head athletic trainer and instructor at Lamar University in Beaumont. There he was instrumental in training numerous outstanding athletic trainers over the years. He was active in the Southwest Athletic Trainers Association and the National group. He was inducted in both associations’ Hall of Fame. In the last years at Lamar he was named Associate Athletic Director and served in that role until his retirement in 2006. We then moved to Boerne for a welcome retirement, close to our family.  

I met Paul when I went to Texas Western College. My maiden name was Marshall. I now live in Burleson with my daughter Karen and her family. Hope this information is helpful. You can also look up his obituary at Ebensberger-Fisher Funeral Home in Boerne. Tell Marilyn Cromeans hello. She was a good friend when we were at TWC. We also remained friends with Ross and Kathleen Moore through the years, seeing them every year at athletic trainer conventions. — Phyllis Marshall Zeek

{Ed.— Again, we see the impact the late Ross Moore had on student trainers and athletes, dating back to the mid-1900s to today.}

Next issue: First-year UTEP men’s basketball coach Joe Golding has Miners fans looking forward to the new season. Editor Mark S. McDonald will preview season prospects for both men’s and women’s team under Kevin Baker. Insiders who have watched preseason workouts say, if nothing else, the Miners under Golding will compete like demons, defend and rebound. Old-school UTEP fans, who watched Don Haskins’ teams, will love them for it. (Lewis Goodyard Photograph)

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