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I was reading up on the various remembrance of George Parks on Facebook and came across one of the infamous 1986 Harvard game when the band "charged" the field after they were told they'd get arrested if they'd play during halftime. Some said they saw the first-year football coach at the time, Jim Reid (later coach of the Miami Dolphins, now current Associate Coach & Defensive Coordinator for the University of Virginia Cavaliers) seem a bit dejected prior to the incident and then use the band's chutzpah to encourage the team to go out and kick some butt.

Being the people-finding researcher I am, I reached out to Jim, asked if he heard of Mr. Parks' passing and wondered if he'd share his side of the story while we were all in a reminiscing frame of mind.

So here it is, from former UMass football Coach Jim Reid in his own words:

First, the story of the UMass vs Harvard game, November 8, 1986 in Cambridge, MA -

"George was angry that the police wouldn't let him on the field. I think my exact quote was:

'F**k them George! Run right through them!'

I really didn't think that he would do it but he did. Then I did, in fact, tell our team that the band just ran right over the police and if they tried to arrest George (and the band) we would all fight them. They were all fired up; we went out and kicked their butts. "

(Editor's Note: UMass won 17-7. This story is also told by various people on Pgs. 156-157 of "Through These Doors: The History of the UMMB, 1863 - 2003" by Kerstin Becker)

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"But a better story (which I have not told to many people) occurred during the 1990 season.

November, 10, 1990: It was raining heavily during the Villanova game - in fact it had rained heavily all Friday night. We were leading 3-0 at the half. If we won that game we would be Yankee Conference Champions.

As I walked out of the stadium at half-time I saw George. He was angry so I asked him what was wrong. He told me that the administration wouldn't let him on the field.

I said, "Of course not, George, that field would turn into a quagmire if you guys got on it."

I thought about it for a minute then ran back to him and said 'Get that damn band out there and march around as long as you can.'

Honestly, I was shocked when I came back on the field. It was 10" of mud. Nobody scored in the second half and we won the Championship. George and the famous UMass Marching Band was the key factor. Of course, I denied to everyone anyone that I ever told George to take the band on the field.

I have told Andy Talley, Head Coach of Villanova for 20 years, I had nothing to do with the UMass Band going on the field. He may find out now [but considering the circumstances], I think that will be OK.

I loved both those men - both George Parks and Gerry Grady [NB: Grady passed on 9/2/2010]. Both great, great, great men!!!"

(Editor's Note: The New York Times covers that game very briefly here:


Hofstra Will Face Cortland State
by William N Wallace
November 12, 1990

...

UMass in Playoffs

...

The East has another playoff team in Massachusetts, the Yankee Conference champion, but the outlook for bowl-game invitations dimmed for Syracuse, which lost to Tulane on Saturday, and Army, defeated by Air Force. Penn State, which next plays Notre Dame, is the only viable Eastern bowl candidate.

...


UMass, a 3-0 victor over Villanova in the mud at Amherst, clinched the Yankee Conference title for the third time in five years and became the first outright champion since 1985 even with one game left, against New Hampshire.

The Minutemen thus gained the automatic bid for the 16-team Division I-AA tournament, which begins Nov. 24. This team, which survived the loss of its quarterback, Gary Wilkos -- injured in the sixth game -- has an 8-0-1 record, the tie coming against Holy Cross in the opening game, Sept. 8.)
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Memorial Day came about after the Civil War to remember those who died while serving in the military. This year finds us with the 1000th death in Afghanistan since the fighting there began.

Just prior to the weekend, I turned to my maternal grandfather and mother who both have extensive genealogies of my mother's side and father's side respectively and asked if we had anyone in the family who had such service in their history.

Thankfully, no one in my family has died while serving but I'd like to recognize those veterans who are no longer with us:

William Noyes
1931-2007
US Army & US Navy
Served during the Korean and Vietnam Wars.
"He enlisted in the 82nd airborne paratroopers and served two tours of duty in Korea, where he successfully completed two combat parachute jumps. He parachuted behind enemy lines and was captured by the Chinese, but was able to escape. Upon his discharge, he spent three years in the U.S. Navy, after which he re-enlisted in the Army and spent three tours of duty in Vietnam. Prior to going to Vietnam, he was a drill sergeant, responsible for training new recruits at Fort Polk, La. He spent a total of 54 months on active combat duty in Korea and Vietnam. For his actions, he earned two silver stars; four bronze stars; four Purple Hearts; two Combat Infantry Badges, one each for Korea and Vietnam; U.S. Army Presidential Unit Citations, along with many unit citations from the Republic of Korea and Vietnam. "

Edwin I DeLong, Sr.
1921-1986
US Navy
USS Monssen (DD-798)
USS Twining (DD-540)
Served during WWII in the Battle of Philippine Sea, the Battle of Leyte Gulf and the during the Korean War .

Edward D Noyes
1918-2005
US Marine Corps
4th Division
Served during WWII as part of the invasion of Iwo Jima

Frank J.T. Kirk
1907-1998
US Navy
USS Winston (AKA-94), SK3
Served during WWII securing the area between Japan and Pearl Harbor

Henry Niles Noyes
1830-1920
US Army
Massachusetts 52nd Regiment, Company I
Served during the Civil War and fought during the battle at Jackson Cross Roads in Louisiana.

Next Veteran's Day I'll most likely do a much larger post that includes all my presently living relatives who are currently or have served in the military.

But regardless - I have never served and am grateful to those who have and in many ways allow me to live the life I do.
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So, as many know, The Leaky Cauldron blog was started by Kevin C Murphy on July 5, 2000 thanks to encouragement of his friend Matt Kingston.

"7/5/00 - Per Matt's suggestion, I've gone ahead and (quickly) thrown together The Leaky Cauldron, a weblog dedicated to the further film and book adventures of Harry Potter. Check it out and, if you'd like to become a contributor, drop me a line."


Kevin was using Blogger at the time and his site was on Geocities before it moved to his own domain.

It took a little research once I heard news that Yahoo! had decided to kill the GeoCities site off to determine the first URL to The Leaky Cauldron, before I moved it over to my personal site at http://www.brain-stream.com and then to http://www.the-leaky-cauldron.org (where it resides today -yes, you can blame me for the dashes and full words).

That URL was:

http://www.geocities.com/kevincmurphy/potterblog.html



An original placeholder of the site still exists at Kevin's domain forwarding people over to the main site.

So there's another piece of Potter Fandom History for those who didn't know.
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Google has released "2001 Search" which includes an index of what was available in 2001. I wonder if this includes redactions since then. I'm also wondering, if they have that....then will it be possible for them to make available their earlier indexes syncing up with the Internet Archive to keep this stuff in perpetuity.

Available in Google around 2001 includes several articles I was interviewed for while playing "spokesperson" for the Attrition.org Web site and its Web Defacement Mirror project. You can also more easily find than today my first foray into Usenet politics in my attempts to get the comp.lang.vrml groups setup and W3C Mailing List archives of my participation in various W3C Web Accessibility Initiatives.

Also lurking about is my involvement in the Web Standards community including the Web Standards Project but even more interesting, some of my earliest posts on email listserves such as my first big commercial Web project - the NoHo Performing Artists Network (NoPAN)- for which I was compensated with free food and shows at the Iron Horse Music Hall.
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I rarely talk about The Leaky Cauldron (TLC) on here or to my "non-fandom" friends but today we received an incredible plethora of news.

On the first anniversary of J.K. Rowling's cool, flash-based Web site we have received her "Fan Site Award". This wouldn't have been as meaningful as it truly is had she not written such a warm and endearing note to accompany it.

But the biggest news, by far, is that Melissa Anelli, (TLC's Editorial Director and a good friend), will be going to J.K. Rowling's home along with MuggleNet founder Emerson to be the first people to interview her after the book is released.

It makes me proud to see where TLC has gone since it was started back in 2000. It was a Geocities site using Blogger to publish news about the 4th Harry Potter book - Goblet of Fire - and was managed by Kevin C. Murphy with a host of other editors.

I have taken a backseat of late. Someone recently called me "Captain DeLong" but I explained I was more of a Harbourmaster or Ship's Engineer. I've been doing a lot of shepherding and behind-scenes idea work and concept development. Makes me think of the old times.

It was Columbus Day weekend in 2000 and Kirky & I were having a bit of an anniversary weekend in Provincetown on Cape Cod. Her parents let us borrow the first book on tape for the 3hr drive out. We were HOOKED. So much so that on 10/7/2000 we headed into town to Now Voyager Books and got Chamber of Secrets, Prisoner of Azkaban, & Goblet of Fire on tape. And that, as it is said, was the end of that.

I was addicted to Potter and for the next two months, went around to tons of Web sites looking for news. I finally got tired of having to find all the news myself and decided to start contributing to a site. I was really getting into Weblogs and Blogger so I looked for the most active Blogger-based Harry Potter site and came across "The Leaky Cauldron". On December 1, 2000, I emailed Kevin and asked if I could become a contributor.

Kevin immediately brought me aboard and 5 days later I had moved the site from Geocities to my own server and given it a domain name - the-leaky-cauldron.org. Then it just exploded from there.

I just found all my old email archives from those times and due to my interest in digital archiving and history, I will probably create as full a history of TLC as possible.

Thanks to all who have and continue to support me in such a wonderful, wonderful project and many, profound, words of gratitude to the staff who has continued to grow and make both The Leaky Cauldron and the rest of The Floo Network what it is today.

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