Lenexa and be­yond

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

That was re­tired chair­man of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Richard B. My­ers, dressed in pur­ple, spot­ted in a Crys­tal City sports bar on in Ar­ling­ton on Nov. 17. Un­for­tu­nately, de­spite his school spirit, he was un­able to spur his Kansas State Univer­sity Wild­cats into vic­tory against sixth-ranked Mis­souri, los­ing the bat­tle by a score of 49-32.

Gen. My­ers, who re­tired in 2005 as the na­tion’s high­est-rank­ing mil­i­tary of­fi­cer, grad­u­ated from Kansas State in 1965 with a de­gree in en­gi­neer­ing. Once upon a time, long af­ter he’d r isen through the Pen­tagon ranks, he was in­vited back to his alma mater to de­liver a lec­ture.

He re­called sit­ting in his of­fice when “a friend from my home­town in Mer­riam, Kansas, dropped by.”

“He said, ‘What are you do­ing, Dick?’ I replied, ‘Well, I’m work­ing on this pre­sen­ta­tion for Kansas State Univer­sity.’ I told him, ‘I bet no­body in Mer­riam even re­mem­bers who I am or any­thing about that.’

“He says, ‘Oh, no, they talk about you all the time back there in Mer­riam. In fact just the other day they put up a sign in your old home­stead there where you were born and raised.’ “ It read: “Lenexa, 8 miles.” “Just in case I was get­ting too big for my britches,” Gen. My­ers ex­plained.

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