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Besides planning trips, Burdell also writes this weekly column which tells about sports happenings now and 100, 75, 50 and 25 years ago, sometimes a trip down memory lane that some of you may relate to, what the Ancient Sportsman (Burdell) and Ancient-ess (Charlotte) have been up to and about trips they have been on. Each week is a new adventure.
Tales of the 
Ancient Sportsman
    We are back again. Sorry to have missed you last week, but we were on a nine day tour to Washington DC and Philadelphia. It was a fabulous tour with many neat attractions. It was thrilling to walk in places where our countries history was made. 
It sounds like it rained quite easily here and it looks like the harvest is somewhat behind. We only dealt with rain on one day and the rest of the time was beautiful, but occasionally very hot. The first day we were in DC was Oct. 2 and it was 98 degrees with high humidity. We had to walk a ways up to the Capitol for the Capitol tour and that was a tough walk. But the tour was beautiful and inspiring. 
    The second day in DC found us doing the tram ride through Arlington National Cemetery and taking in the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. In the afternoon we visited the New Bible Museum and that was spectacular. We did the lighted tour of the monuments in the evening and that was special. The Washington Monument is lighted by Musco of Oskaloosa.
    We had the whole day Friday to go from DC to Philadelphia so our bus driver suggested that we stop at Fort McHenry and do the Francis Scott Key and the Star Spangled Banner exhibit. It was a beautiful morning and a wonderful stop. We then went down to the harbor in Baltimore for lunch at our choice of the many venues there. 
    Friday night we had dinner with Thomas Jefferson at the City Tavern. The guy doing Jefferson was very good and quite entertaining. 
    The next day most of our time was spent in Constitution Square. It was inspiring to stand in the same room where the Constitution was born and walk among the life sized statues of the signers. Most of the men were fairly small, but George Washington was a good sized man. Probably about 6’ 2” or more which was big for that time. I was impressed by Washington’s original copy of the constitution that he had folded and put in his pocket.
    Before we went to Constitution Square we made a stop at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and some of the folks did the “Rocky Run” up the steps. Rocky did that run for training in the movie “Rocky”. Our bus driver beat everybody to the top and it is an exhausting run. Years ago, I might have tried it, but not now. 
    Sunday we started for home and made a stop at the Flight 93 Memorial in Pennsylvania. It was here that it rained and we got a little wet, but it was a great stop.
On Monday we made it back to Shipshewana, IN for lunch and a little shopping before we went out to Cook’s Bison Ranch for dinner. Before we ate they took us out among the herd in wagons and let us feed the Buffalo pellets from our hands. Then it was a delightful meal of pulled buffalo and pulled pork with all the trimmings. 
    While at the Bison Ranch, one of our ladies went down with severe leg pain and she couldn’t walk. An ambulance was called and she was taken to a hospital in LeGrange. It was feared that she might have a blood clot, but tests and an MRI were negative. We had a wheel chair on the bus and we got her home. God again provided our needs and she is making progress.
We got back to Oskaloosa in time to get the mail that had been on hold, have supper at Taso’s (on tour it is called dinner, at home it is called supper) and go to the grocery store. The hardest thing about a long tour is catching up when we get home.
    Most of Wednesday and Thursday was spent catching up and for some reason I found it very easy to fall asleep. I hate to admit it, but I think my age is catching up with me.
Friday I went into Des Moines to do three radio segments about our tour business for 93.3 radio, a Christian Talk Radio station. That was a lot of fun and very interesting.
    Friday night I covered the Osky-Pella Football game in Pella. That is a huge rivalry game and since Osky knocked Pella off last year, the Dutch were on fire. Osky turned the ball over the first two times they had it and Pella scored both times. From there it turned into a rout with Pella winning 35-3. It was brutally cold and this old sportswriter worked from the press box.
    Sunday was homecoming at our little Pleasant Corners Baptist Church and it was a neat day. Alice’s Gospel Group provided the afternoon program and they were great. A few locals joined in with them at the end of the program and we had a good old fashioned jam session. I loved it.
    It is time to see what happened in our yesterdays.
    75 years ago: Oct. 7, 1944 – Ames wallops Oskaloosa 20-7. Ames used three second half touchdowns to overcome a 7-0 Osky halftime lead. Tom Steward scored the Indian TD. Big John Anderson led the running game while Ray Bass, Russ Olive and Bob Barnhouse showed well in the line. Oct. 7 – Monte belts Marengo 26-7. Jack Wasson scored a TD and passed to Phil Van Cleave and Bill Bernard for touchdowns. Max Gabriel scored the other Monte TD. Oct. 7 – A 26 yard pass from Chuck Vander Ploeg to Carl Gaas gave Pella a 7-0 win over Woodward. Oct. 9 – Cedar qualified for the Fall State Baseball tourney by slipping past Farmington 4-3. Claire Brown pitched a two-hitter for the win. Oct. 10 – The St. Louis Cardinals beat the St. Louis Browns to win the World Series 4 games to three. Oct. 11- Maxwell topped Cedar 5-2 in the first round of the State Baseball tourney. Gordon Barnard rapped a triple and a single and Glenn Barnard singled for the only Cedar hits. 
    50 years ago: Oct. 7, 1969 – Pella Christian topped Eddyville 9-1 to gain a berth in the Fall State Softball tourney. Nancy Van Gorp pitched the win and Fosteen Van Zante smacked a triple that keyed a four run first inning. Virginia Pothoven and Cindy Engbers had doubles for PC and Laura Menninga added a pair of singles. Judy Leander had a pair of singles for Eddyville. Oct. 9 – Pella Christian belted South Hamilton 9-3 in the Fall State Softball tourney. Judy Fopma drove in five runs with a double and a single. Oct. 11 – Monte scored with five seconds left to edge Keota 6-0. Roger Cox scored the winning TD. Oct. 11- Eddyville broke a 14-14 tie with a pair of fourth quarter touchdowns to knock off North Mahaska 26-14. Chuck McDonough blocked a punt and Dan Ferguson recovered it for a TD and Rex Rowland ran 38 yards for the clinching score. Tom Pool and Alan McGriff led the NM attack. 
    25 years ago: Oct. 8, 1994 – Kevin Fick ran for 125 yards and five touchdowns to lead Osky past Centerville 54-14. Oct. 8 - North Mahaska blasted Mormon Trail 49-6 as Mike De Boef passed to Jeremy Van Zee and Isaac Knoot for TD’s and Mike Miller and Brad Bond each ran for a pair of scores. Oct. 8 – Tri-County upsets Lynnville-Sully 23-14. Chuck Moore and Jason Riffel led the offense and Nick Morrison, Will Kapple, Chad McCain, Neil Ridenour and Quinton Ridgeway led the defense. Oct. 12- The Pella girls win the SCC Cross Country title. Christine Estevez was the individual winner while Becky Timmer was 4th, Maaike Ouwersloot was 5th and Carrie Oppenhuizen was 7th.
    Have a great week and let’s pray for some drying. Those combines need to roll.