Robert and Barbara Danielson moved to Ahwatukee Foothills 20 years ago to retire and be closer to Barbara’s children, but anyone that knows the Danielsons, or any of the hundreds of kids they’ve trained in music and public speaking, would tell you they’ve never slowed down.
The Mountain Pointe Hall of Fame ceremony is always filled with stories told from memory, hugs reserved for long-ago teammates and inspirational speeches for the current students that focus the glory days.
In the opinion pages of the Aug. 29 Arizona Republic, readers were told for the second time in August about the growing gang problems in the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Community, problems that have spread beyond Salt River and into the East Valley and beyond. Gangs have long been a problem there and continue to grow in boldness. Last May gangsters murdered a Salt River police officer across the street from an upscale Scottsdale neighborhood. Attacks on police and community members are all too common.
Collecting autographs all started probably when you were a child. For me, it was a Nolan Ryan baseball in 1974. Going to Angel Stadium with my mom and dad, I would grab a baseball that I had been playing catch with, not thinking that maybe someday it would be worth something if I got it signed. Nolan Ryan was my favorite player — being able to control a game with your pitching skills was pretty cool and being able to throw no-hitters — even better. I would hang over the fence by the dugout to see where Ryan was and where he might come out and sign autographs. It always seemed to me that people that were there also seeking autographs were getting the programs they had purchased when they entered the stadium signed. I figured since he played on the field with a baseball, maybe he would sign my baseball. Not only did he end up signing my ball, but he also signed my glove, too. And believe it or not, I played catch with that ball and glove until most of the autograph wore off!
The Chandler National Little League missed out on its chance to qualify for the Little League World Series but the players will still get a taste of the international play that comes with qualification.