Page C7 of the yesterday’s edition of The Seattle Times
features a blurb by Blaine Newnham about retired PLU football coach Frosty Westering. (Alas, I could not find the short article online.)
The first bit of good news is that Frosty’s November back surgery appears successful. It comes as no surprise that many of the nurses at his hospital treated him to an “attaway” cheer before he went in for the procedure. One of the things that always impressed me about Frosty is that his approach to coaching football isn’t really so limited—in fact, it’s his approach to all of life. The man truly lives it out, and it’s inspiring.
(I still recall seeing him giving an “attaway” on the floor of the Washington State House of Representatives over the closed-circuit TV when I was working in the Senate. The team was in Olympia to be honored for their victory in the NCAA Division III National Championship game, back in 1999. Frosty was breaking all House protocols, of course--throwing little plastic PLU footballs to the legislators on the House floor. The whole scene had caused a commotion around the nearby TV, and so I raced over to the capitol building to see it all for myself. On the way, the place was all abuzz with talk about "Frosty" and how "the Lutes are here!")
Another bit of good news in yesterday's article is that Frosty plans on finishing his NEW book The Strange Secret of the Big Time
. I greatly enjoyed his first book, Make the Big Time Where You Are
, and so I’m simply going to have to re-read it in anticipation of his new work. Actually, I have a good guess at SOME of the content of his forthcoming book, as Frosty seemed to have been at the height of a creative burst of ideas when I was part of the team—back in ’98.
A busy schedule kept me from seeing all but one PLU game this season. Nonetheless, I look forward to seeing the team in action on plenty of occasions next season, with Scott Westering ably coaching the Lutes.
(Lake Chelan, WA)