Archive for Thursday, November 11, 2004

Sad surprise

November 11, 2004


To the editor:

Sunday night, I sat in my new seats at Allen Fieldhouse. For many years, I had sat with friends in Section Q, Row 6, in the southwest corner of the fieldhouse. I have been a contributor to the Williams Fund for 20 years, giving about $3,000 per year. I have season football tickets as well. I am a Kansas University graduate, as is my brother, his daughter, two of my children, two of my sister's children, and I have a granddaughter now attending KU.

I went to my first Final Four in 1957 and have been to the ones in 1986, 1991, 1993 and 2001. I have purchased tickets and attended so many postseason tournament games that I have lost count. I attended bowl games in Hawaii as well as basketball games in Hawaii.

When I got my new seat assignments I was told I was in Section 6, which are chairback seats. I thought a mistake had been made, but I was not going to look a gift horse in the mouth. The kind folks at the Williams Fund left out a little information. I am in 6B, which is barely inside the fieldhouse. I am three rows from the top row.

This will probably be the last year I contribute a dime to this system, which punishes people like me and rewards the Jayhawks-come-lately who now make up the wine-and-cheese crowd. And where has all the money gone? We still have that puny scoreboard and lousy bench seating. Are we paying the nepotistic salaries with all that money? As we used to say, "If the system ain't broke, don't fix it."

Jerry K. Levy,


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