Random Rupp Factoid #1

August 13, 2009

Still working on my Wildcats history here and still fascinated with the Baron.  Here’s an interesting little fact to ponder, plus a trivia question.

Factoid: Rupp was a quiet philanthropist and was a benefactor of the Shriners Hospital.

Trivia Question:  Rupp was a potentate of what temple?  Hint:  It’s on Southland Drive in Lexington and has a relationship to the Factoid above. 

Who ever buzzes in (or comments) with the right answer wins a lifetime free subscription to Blue Without a Clue.


Ellison’s ‘Domain of Power’ an Angry Book

August 8, 2009

I wrote several posts back that my next piece of reading of Wildcat history was going to be Betty Boles Ellison’s promisingly juicy book Kentucky’s Domain of Power, Greed and Corruption.  Sadly, I couldn’t make it too far into what was from the very beginning just an angry book, seemingly motivated by something more personal than a desire to report on history.  There seemed to be quite a chip there.  I decided to put it down because,  hey, I’m looking to have a   joyous journey to the Big Blue Nation, not an angry one!  Anyway, the book at least sparked my interest in SEC rules and such.  I’ll explore those at some point, but for now I’m going back to bone up on some more Rupp history with Adolph Rupp:  Kentucky’s Basketabll Baron by former Lexington sports writer Russell Rice.