All men exaggerate.
OK, maybe I’m exaggerating. But many exaggerate about 40-yard-dash times, SAT scores, income, sock size, Bruno Mars concert seats, post-prom experiences, fish weight, and so forth. A million claimed to be UH fans during the vonAppen years. Twenty thousand were there when Chaminade upset Virginia.
So we shouldn’t be concerned about Richard “Dick” Parson’s actual basketball experience at UH five decades ago.
What is troubling is the incomplete archives of UH sports. It should not be surprising. After all, there were few media guides or much coverage for all UH sports decades ago, much less box scores of freshman basketball games. It’s different now, in this stat-conscious Money Ball era, where seemingly unlimited information can be stored on flash drives and clouds.
But history is important, so here’s a suggestion: UH should gather the old-timers — Jim Leahey, Don Robbs, “Ferd” Lewis, Larry Price, Eddie Inouye, etc. — put them in a room, let them tell their stories and record everything. Maybe their stories will be used; maybe not. But at least there might be information available for those seeking to learn about UH’s past.