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My entire family has always been huge UK fans. I remember setting in the living room gathered around the old Philco radio listening to the games with mom and dad and the rest of the family. Later we moved up to watching the games on tv. Mom and dad were the biggest fans. Then one year they along with my youngest brother Greg were in Lexington for an American Legion baseball game my brother played in. But before they went home they decided they wanted to see Rupp Arena so they drove there and went inside. They had never been to a UK home game and just wanted to see it just once in their lives. The arena of course was locked and they could just peer through windows to see the inside.
Then a man came walking down the corridor and it was none other than Coach Joe B. Hall. He stopped and talked to them and my brother told him they had come from Owensboro and just stopped to see the arena. Coach Hall took out his keys and unlocked the door and not only did he let them in but he took them on a tour of Rupp. He took some time out of his busy day to give my parents something they had always wished for. To see Rupp Arena just once.
They are both gone now. Dad in 1993 and mom in 1994. But to the end they were diehard Wildcat fans. And they and my brother never forgot the day Coach Hall showed them around Rupp Arena. Coach Hall has a special place in the hearts of my family for his kindness. Thanks Coach Hall. You made that a very special day for mom and dad and we will never forget you. You have always been a true Kentucky gentleman.