The relationship between fathers and sons is dynamic and ever-changing. No more so than the way mothers and daughters find their way together. Add sport, which is inherently passionate, to the mix and you've potentially got the stuff of great drama. Drama and passion - don't we want a bit of both in our lives and in our sports?
When the parent becomes the coach to the child-athlete, it's natural to assume that those spices of life would be elementary parts of the recipe. But, every relationship is its own, some mellow and some not so much. But, here's the thing: Whether you are the coach/parent or the player/child, this time together is part of your shared story, your family history. Memorable and important. Oh, the tales they will tell in the years ahead.
Staff Writer Kathleen Ostrander wrote our cover piece as a way for us to honor mothers and fathers as we enter the season of Mother's Day and Father's Day. When the names started coming in as people responded to her inquiries, Ostrander said it became clear that "competitive strains run deep in area families." She learned that it's not just parents and their children pursuing athletics together, but there are aunts coaching nieces, too. Also, she found that sons and daughters have carried on the tradition by growing up and joining the coaching ranks, too.
Here are a few surnames from the piece to get your interest - Leonard, Barnes, Collins, Thomas, Donnan and Flury. After all the interviews, Ostrander said all her sources agreed they wouldn't change a thing despite some tense moments, calling it a great bonding experience.
The Kentucky Derby is, of course, the fastest two minutes in sports, with 135 years of pomp and circumstance. Some Springfield residents make it to the Derby every year. We explore the traditions and the festivities. Grab a Mint Julep, y'all and come on along.
Bill Furling III feeds his need for speed by souping up some pretty great cars that are pretty darn great without that extra push. Also on the subject of cars, have a look at photographer Jason Johnson's take on some new vehicles shot in some breathtakingly beautiful settings.
We go shopping for pianos and fine men's shoes. You can get a bead on the creative workings of artist Stephen Parfitt and read about the saucy hometown creation of Joe Jannazzo.
Our travel interests this issue take us on short jaunts to Myrtle Beach, by air (new flights soon to originate right here in Springfield) and to Milwaukee, likely by car, for brats and beer and baseball. But Brew City is much more than all that. Think shopping, art, butterflies and flowers.
So, we hope that on a spring day, there is a thing or two to tempt you to read on in this issue. As always, we thank you for spending some of your time with us.
Story published Friday, May 1, 2009 ( Volume 4, Number 3 )