SharksWithLasers -- Seth Cooper

A CUTTING-EDGE BLOG FOR THE WORLD OF THE 21st CENTURY, Currently operated by Seth L. Cooper, a 27 year-old attorney in Seattle (sethlcooper at comcast dot net)

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

"NELLIE" !!! PLU's student newspaper, The Mast appears to be on hiatus until February (with the end of the Fall Semester and J-Term), but the last issue from December has a neat little article by Jenni Jensen discussing John Nelson—aka “Nellie”—and a recent documentary that was made about it. Nellie has a wonderful story, and the article is accompanied by a great picture of him with Frosty Westering.

Nellie was certainly one of the most colorful personalities associated with the Lutes’ football team—and at PLU more generally. He has a real fiery personality, a great sense of humor, and maintains an inspiring perspective on things. I once had the opportunity to hear him speak directly about his life’s story. Nellie’s story is profound and also quite touching.

The article has me interested in the documentary, which I haven’t yet seen but am going to purchase. According to the Mast article, Nellie: A Life Worth Living, can be purchased online or at The movie website itself is very cool, featuring a trailer and a positive review by Dr. Nigel M. de S. Cameron of the Center for Bioethics and Culture.

Speaking of Frosty, PLU’s recently-retired football coach, he has published an awesome book called Make the Big Time Where You Are. And, as I noted in a prior post (here), Frosty has a follow-up in the works! Paul Silvi of King 5 still has Frosty on his TV segments, from time to time. It certainly occurred to me--back when I was attending PLU and playing football--that Frosty himself was deserving of a documentary. He ran an unbelievable program, of which Nellie was an important part. It’s wonderful to see Nellie in the spotlight, and the documentary is worth checking out.

(Downtown Seattle, WA)


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