What, you say? Yes it is true! It was also my birthday on the 22nd and I have to say that I could not have dreamed up a better 40th birthday weekend.
Okay, let me start from the beginning because it only gets better as the story goes on. I found out about a 8 weeks ago that some of the Green Bay Packer Alumni were coming to town for Battle on Bago that took place Feb. 22-23. Glenn Curran who is one of the founders of Battle on Bago does an amazing job of putting everything together. There is so much to get done to pull off something of this magnitude. Proceeds from this event have primarily benefited over 20 Youth Fishing Events and the purchase of fishing poles, tackle boxes, and bait for kids.
We are so close to the event that took place at Menominee Park and we were able let the guys have the entire inn to themselves. It’s nice to be able to be away from home and still feel like your at home. I didn’t really have any idea what to expect, but it was beyond my wildest dreams.
Five Packer alumni and alumni coordinators were expected to arrive on Thursday night, but because of the snow storm, Lynn Dickey who played for the Packers as quarterback from 1977-1984 and Paul Coffman as a tight end from 1978-1985 were stranded in Kansas City and would not be able to make it.
Frank Winters was the first to check in. Frank played for the Packers as a center for 9 consecutive seasons. This guy is HUGE but he is also a big teddy bear too. I don’t know if he would appreciate me saying that, but he’s a really nice man. We had the opportunity to chat for a couple of hours before Dave Whitehurst arrived.
Dave Whitehurst was a quarterback for the Packers who played for 7 seasons. Dave was probably the most humbling man I have ever met. I felt like I knew him for years. He could be anyone’s best friend. His son Charlie now plays for the San Diego Chargers as a quarterback as well.
Jerry’s Bar was the place to be Thursday night if you wanted to say hello to the boys. They got to experience a little bit Oshkosh history.
It looked like I would have to wait for rest of the crew to come in the following night. Friday night was my birthday which my parents drove up 21/2 hours to come and share with me. My husband, daughter, parents and some close friends dined out in Appleton and were back at the inn by 11:00.
At which time Bill Schroeder was waiting in my living room relaxing with Dave. Bill Schroeder played for Packers for 7 seasons as a wide receiver. He was born in Eau Claire, attended Sheboygan High School and went to college in LaCrosse where he starred in track and field. I didn’t have much of an opportunity to talk to Bill since he was here such a short time, but I hope that I get the chance to meet him again someday. He couldn’t have been nicer in the time I did have with him.
Casey Rabuck who played for the Wisconsin Badgers stayed for a short time, but I never go the chance to meet him. The guys were up early on Saturday morning to do some ice fishing and head down to Battle on Bago where I got to spend most of my afternoon hanging out with some of them.
Later that evening, my husband and I had the pleasure of dining out with Dave. We decided to take him to Ratch and Deb’s for some great pizza and show him the shrine of Packers legends.
By Sunday, I was beat but still grinning from ear to ear. I only hope that we will get this opportunity again someday. If not though, this will be something I remember for many years to come.