The Trojans (8 12), seeded No. 17 in the Division I Dayton field, took an opening night matchup Feb. 23 at Trotwood High School against eighth seeded Sidney, a Greater Western Ohio Conference American North Division rival that has already defeated Troy twice this season.

To the beat of a drum and the quivering osprey and eagle feathers in his hat, Kx Hall host interpreter at the nearby Nk’Mip Desert Culture Centre and member of the Osoyoos Indian Band chants his gratitude. “We’re greeting the day,” he announces to the seven of us here for the smudging ceremony (known as smanxw). Using traditional, locally and Prairie grown cleansing, and medicinal herbs, to create a cleansing smoke he moves from one person to the next..

“We only discovered what we had been overlooking in the front end a week or so ago and so, Friday [Sept. 8] night was the first I had driven the car since we changed it and I knew within a few laps,” he said. “I’m not saying I had confidence enough that we were going to win the race, but I knew we were going into the weekend in a much better place than where we had been the car just working so much better.”.

Even when Wham! were in their pomp and George was contributing to his friend and sparring partner Elton John’s ‘Nikita’ and ‘Wrap Her Up’, it was plain that George’s destiny was solo and that his new, more mature songs were too worldly, too adult to fit into the format of a good time duo. He’d already dipped a toe in solo waters in 1984 with a song he’d written as a 17 year old (“a very precocious lyric!” he quipped) while riding the number 32 bus home as a teenager. ‘Careless Whisper’ (credited to Wham! Featuring George Michael in the US) not only introduced one of the great lines in popular music, “guilty feet have got no rhythm”, but showed that there was more to George than the instant joy of ‘Wake Me Up Before You Go Go’ and ‘Young Guns (Go For It)’.

I was the OSCAR satellite operator and medic. I tended one badly smashed finger and one STD for one of Captain Tony’s crew (penicillin was the drug of choice and the one I had). The equipment for the OSCAR operation was donated by a fellow who liked to make California kilowatt amps (wink, wink)! OSCAR, by the way, stands for Orbiting Satellite Carrying Amateur Radio.

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