FIRPO & PATRICIA SMITH
FSCC GREYHOUNDS INVOLVEMENT
Firpo was a huge fan of the FSCC Greyhounds football team during their heyday of the 1960's and early 1970's. Firpo and Patricia would go to all of the home games where Firpo for a time would shoot off a makeshift M-80 cannon from the end zone after touchdowns and he would later utilize a handheld crank siren from the stands along with being more vocal than most (all) other spectators. Firpo and Patricia would also travel to many of the away games including Highland (coldest game ever included Firpo changing a flat tire late night north of Leavenworth), Haskell, Missouri Southern, NEO A&M, Independence, Coffeyville, Cowley County, Butler County, Hutchinson, Pratt, Dodge City, and Garden City
as well as trips to the 1970 and 1971 Shrine Bowl games in Savannah, Georgia. These out-of-town road trips would start with a police escort of the team buses beginning at the college, through town, up Main Street, and to the edge of town with a convoy of cars following behind honking their horns with headlights on.
Patricia with Howard & Judy Mahanes in 1964.
Firpo was active in the FSCC Quarterback Club and sometimes sold advertisements in the Greyhound game programs to local businesses. Firpo had friendships with several of the head coaches including Howard Mahanes (Firpo abhorred head coach Ruben Berry who in 1966 left Fort Scott for another assistant coaching job before ever coaching a game). Firpo would sometimes attend practices as well as visit with coaches in their offices. Firpo was very proud of players like Mel Gray, Tommy Reamon, Curtis Brown, Leroy Harris, Cliff Frazier, and Mitch Sutton and others from back then who would go on to play at major colleges and in the NFL. Firpo was also proud of the local guys like the Wunderly brothers, the Lancaster brothers, his nephew Larry Weatherbie and others who helped make those teams championship-caliber. Firpo and Patricia were both very proud to be from Fort Scott and the Greyhound football teams in those years were a great source of that civic pride shared by the entire Fort Scott community with the Greyhounds being a tremendous community rallying point.
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Firpo at the 1970 Shrine Bowl Victory over Mesa, Arizona with the
Greyhounds finishing as National Champions - Savannah, Georgia Nov 26, 1970
FSCC Quarterback Club Officers about 1975
(including nephew Gary Frye, fellow Gas Company
employee Bruce Fulcher, Mary Hunter et. al.)
Coach Walt Olinger at Firpo & Patricia's in 1971
(w/ Charles, Firpo, Rob & Bob Miller).
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