To the Editors
I read the Fall 2002 edition of The University Magazine
with great interest. Living in Michigan, I dont have the
opportunity to receive news about RIT to any great extent, so
this magazine helps in that respect.
The picture of basketball
star Jim Robinson 68 brought back many fond memories of
the RIT basketball team in the late 60s. I went to many,
many games and the high scoring Tigers were very entertaining.
The picture shows Jim Robinson shooting one of his patented jump
shots and it also shows his running partner, Rick
Cetnar 68, from Amsterdam, N.Y., who was a real leader on
that team as well.
One thing I remember
is that Jim was a terrific scorer and could really light it up.
And I remember one year, possibly 1968, when he was in a tight
duel with another player from North Carolina for the national
scoring title. I would look at the stats from time to time and
see if Jim was No. 1 or this other guy was ahead. As it turned
out, the other guy was Earl The Pearl
Monroe, who turned out to be a star in the NBA with the New York
Knicks and other teams.
Thanks to the players
I remember from those teams: Jim Robinson, Rick Cetnar, John Serth
67, Ron Russell 68, Bob Finkler 66, Dick Schaeffer
71 and all the others of the late 60s. I really enjoyed
their games and efforts.
Russel L. Larsen
To the Editors
The picture of Jim Robinson 68 brought back two memories.
First, those of events before Jim Robinson: My father, A. Leo
Fox, coached RIT mens basketball for 16 years, from 1940
to 1956. His last season, 55-56, was the only undefeated
team in the history of mens basketball at the Institute.
I remember those practices downtown, where the team could not
bounce the ball for fear of disturbing classes.
My father was one of
the first inductees into the RIT Sports Hall of Fame, although
posthumously. What a wonderful honor. Three members of the undefeated
team joined him in later years: Al Landsman 56, Ed Baucum
59, and Arnie Cardillo 60.
The one member who
isnt there, due to a technicality, is the starting center,
Ken Hale 56. In three varsity seasons, he scored 1,044 points
and was the first player to score 1,000 points or more in a career.
The second part of
the Jim Robinson story involved the RIT Tech Tourney in 1968.
In the finals, it was RIT and Jim Robinson against Clarkson and
Russ Hall. Both stars were renowned and it was a battle all the
way. Clarkson won and Russ was named Most Valuable Player for
the tourney. While I may be a bit prejudiced as I am an alumnus
of Clarkson and Russ was a friend, Jim Robinson did not lose that
night, but he simply shared the honor with another strong player.
To see the two of them hug each other after the game said it all.
For my part, I am a
member of the first MBA class at RIT. Thanks for allowing me to
relive some wonderful memories.
Rick Fox 71