9:07 am, 6/2/18. The very first shot at the Tony Boler Courts. [Photo: Mike of Jay Wolfe Productions]
For the last six weeks or so, Cobb’s Hill goers have watched as the basketball courts next to Lake Riley were redone as the Tony Boler Courtsin memory of the legendary WDKX disc jockey who played hoops all over Rochester.
During the redoing of the courts — which now look great — the hoops themselves were added last. The pressing question was: who would take the inaugural shot?
Putting up the nets. 6/2/18
For you, dear readers, we made sure Talker took that first shot now added to the Cobb’s Hill series. (BELOW). At 9:07 in the morning, a few minutes after the nets were up, Mike of Jay Wolfe Productions who was organizing the noon ceremony captured the historic moment.
Mike of Jay Wolfe Productions
The noon ceremony was moving as Tony’s daughter, Ashley, spoke, as did Mayor Lovely Warren and Commissioner Norm Jones. WDKX Program Director Andre Marcel did make the “official” first basket. But Talker took the first real shot.
(left) Ashley Boler speaking; (right) Commissioner Norm Jones and Mayor Lovely Warren
Welcome to Talker of the Town! My name is David Kramer. I have a Ph.D in English and teach at Keuka College. I am a former and still active Fellow at the Nazareth College Center for Public History. Over the years, I have taught at Monroe Community College, the Rochester Institute of Technology and St. John Fisher College.
I have published numerous Guest Essays, Letters, Book Reviews and Opinion pieces in The New York Times, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, the Buffalo News, the Rochester Patriot, the Providence Journal, the Providence Business News, the Brown Alumni Magazine, the New London Day, the Boston Herald, the Messenger Post Newspapers, the Wedge, the Empty Closet, and the CITY. My poetry appears in The Criterion: An International Journal in English and Rundenalia and my academic writing in War, Literature and the Arts and Twentieth Century Literary Criticism.
Starting in February 2013, I wrote for three Democratic and Chronicle blogs, "Make City Schools Better," "Unite Rochester," and the "Editorial Board." When my tenure at the D & C ended, I wanted to continue conversations first begun there. And start new ones. So we created this new space, Talker of the Town, where all are are invited to join.
I don’t like to say these posts are “mine.” Very few of them are the sole product of my sometimes overheated imagination. Instead, I call them partnerships and collaborations. Or as they say in education, “peer group work.”
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