Lenexa and beyond
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.