The Thirty-Sixth Skateboard Donation
His room was in the basement. It was musky down there smelling of Right Guard deodorant. Shadowy artifacts, mostly hand-me-downs from the 1980s, cluttered the cavernous dwelling. John Lewis was my neighbor growing up and I always loved to visit his basement lair and soak up as much influence from his older siblings, Mick, Matt, and Amy, as I could. John and I played video games on a ColecoVision and shot hoops with a Nerf door-hanging basketball hoop. We were fascinated with sports stars from that era and I still crack up recalling one of our favs, former Atlanta Braves catcher Biff Pocoroba.
We were indeed blossoming jocks and our mentors instilled an '80s vibe deep within us that beats strong to this day. And so the John Lewis board honors two of his sports heroes, two players whose unique styles defined them and were emulated by John every time we played either football or basketball. One half Karl Malone and the other half John Elway. Both legends and both superstars.
These days John lives in Helena with his beautiful family and I wonder if his kids will carry on the tradition of participating in athletics. If they choose emulate their father the legacy of goofy sports stars will continue - John's a bit of a goofball and is, without a doubt, a superstar.
Thank you, John, for the skateboard donation, and thank you to Mick, Matt, and Amy for showing us kids what it means to be cool.