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First Bell: Still seeking questions for David Booth, owner of “Basket Ball” rules; vote for Firebird as an American Eagle; high schools draw closer

August 24, 2011

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David Booth, a 1964 graduate of Lawrence High School, will deliver the keynote speech at the 2011 Community Education Breakfast on Aug. 26, 2011.

David Booth, a 1964 graduate of Lawrence High School, will deliver the keynote speech at the 2011 Community Education Breakfast on Aug. 26, 2011.

We’re still looking for questions we could pose to David Booth, who is coming to Lawrence to be keynote speaker for the Community Education Breakfast this Friday a the Holiday Inn Lawrence, 200 McDonald Drive.

Here’s the deal: Booth is a 1964 graduate of Lawrence High School, is chairman and co-CEO of Dimensional Fund Advisors, and is the guy who paid $4.33 million back in December to acquire James Naismith’s original rules of “Basket Ball,” a two-page document expected to be the featured attraction for a future display at or adjacent to Allen Fieldhouse.

Those may provide a few topics of conversation. Or maybe there’s something out there we don’t know?

Send us your questions. The easiest way: Just add a comment at the bottom of this edition of First Bell. We’ll ask Mr. Booth the best questions Friday morning, and report back to you, the interested public.

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Erin Riley, a student at Free State High School, is angling to be featured in an American Eagle ad campaign — and is looking for voting help from her classmates and others.

Erin Riley, a student at Free State High School, is angling to be featured in an American Eagle ad campaign — and is looking for voting help from her classmates and others.

Came across a poster Tuesday at lunch out at Free State High School: It seems Erin Riley, a Free State student, is angling to be featured in a national ad campaign for American Eagle Outfitters.

The apparel company is offering some $50,000 in prizes and opportunities to appear in American Eagle’s next photo shoot.

She appears in a photo, available online, for which folks can vote to give her a shot.

So here’s the address, folks: Go to www.ae.com/bestshot and offer your support. Voting ends Thursday.

Some of the guys I saw at a lunch table figure she should win.

“She’s cool,” said Andrew Merritt, a junior.

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Administrators in the Lawrence school district have plenty of reasons to hope that initial, unofficial enrollment numbers hold during the coming weeks. The 526-student increase indicated in early numbers would mean extra dollars from the state to spend on educating kids.

But one aspect of the numbers indicates another version of good news: With Lawrence High School having only 22 more students than Free State — remember, a year ago at this time the two schools had one fewer grade level, but Lawrence High had 159 more students, a year after the spread had been even larger, with Lawrence High having 259 more — the district more easily can spend its increasingly scare finances even more equitably.

“When the schools are more equal in size, it helps us allocate money,” said Rick Doll, district superintendent. “If the difference continues to get greater and greater, eventually we’d have too much space at Free State and not enough space at Lawrence High. From a pure facilities standpoint, this is a good thing.”

Comments

Keith Richards 3 years, 4 months ago

I would like to ask Booth some investment strategies for a 30 year old person.

mfagan 3 years, 4 months ago

Thanks, KRichards. I could go all Alex Trebek here and ask for the answer in the form of a question, but I get the idea. Thanks for the contribution... - Mark Fagan

mfagan 3 years, 4 months ago

I know a few people up at KU who would be very interested in the answer to that question... I know that David Booth already is regarded as a generous donor and supporter of KU; as for how much, specifically, he has donated to the university -- regarding athletics or otherwise -- I do not know... Thanks again... Will you be going to the breakfast?... - Mark Fagan

Bill Moorhead 3 years, 4 months ago

I notice your responses today, Mark, but not yesterday, so I'll repeat my contribution from yesterday, just in case you missed it: I'd ask David what specific impact he hopes for the KU/Lawrence community because of the eventual presence of the Rules on permanent display. And yes, I plan to come down from Omaha for the breakfast. David and I were at LHS together, but not classmates. He '64, I '65.

mfagan 3 years, 4 months ago

Hello, OmahaBill. I'm thinking he'll be discussing this very topic during his talk. He'll be talking about "The Lawrence Experience," and how that fits in with the rules of hoops. If he doesn't, I'll be ready to ask your followup. I hope to see you at the breakfast -- I'll be the guy running around with a notebook, asking questions. If you see me, please say hi... - Mark Fagan

Bill Moorhead 3 years, 4 months ago

It's a deal, Mark. Don't get worried if a 6'5" guy, wearing a dark suit and a Jayhawk tie, is headed straight for you. I'm a Lutheran pastor from Omaha that got bit by the Jayhawk bug at age 8 when my family moved to Lawrence in 1955 just down the street from Centennial School. And that bug hasn't stopped biting me. Nor has the Lawrence bug, for that matter. I'd have plenty to say about the "Lawrence Experience" myself, all of it good. See you Friday, bright and early. (I supplied a section for the recent book, "For KU Fans Only".)

mfagan 3 years, 4 months ago

Excellent. Bright and early, indeed.

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