*Kenneth Vrooman worked in management by trade; he was a leader going back to his days as a high school athlete at Northwest Classen. Vrooman ran cross country and track for the Knights, helping the 1967 track team win the state championship. He was a member of a mile relay that twice broke the state record. He later ran track at Oklahoma State. As an adult, he attended several track meets as a spectator. Vrooman, 64, died recently from cancer.
*Other people with Oklahoma roots who enjoyed the game day experience: Jean Mattox Duke, 84, longtime season-ticket holder to Oklahoma Sooner sports. ... Jackie Smith, 44, wrestler and football player for Southeast High. ... Jerry McNabb, 67, basketball player at Lexington High School. ... Glenn Conn, 83, award-winning bowler. ... Jack Hoskins, 73, organized the first pistol team for the Bethany Police Department, which went on to win several championships. ... Wayne Caves, 58, a wrestler at Tulsa Webster High School who later raced motorcycles. ...
*Special recognition: Joe Weider was a body building pioneer whose fitness magazines and weightlifting equipment led to the success of many high school, college and professional athletes. Famed body builder Arnold Schwarzenegger called Weider “the godfather of fitness.” The Montreal, Canada, native died at age 93 from heart failure.
*Former Oklahoma City Blazers forward Brenden Morrow was named to the Dallas Stars' 20th anniversary team. The Stars are celebrating 20 years in the Metroplex by selecting players who have excelled for the franchise since it moved from Minnesota. However, only weeks after Morrow received a standing ovation for the honor, the Stars traded their beloved captain to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Morrow played for the Blazers during the NHL lockout in 2004.
*Steve Lynn of Oklahoma City won a gold medal in alpine skiing at the 10th annual Special Olympics World Winter Games in Pyeongchang and Gangneung, South Korea. Lynn, 39, participated in Super G, slalom and downhill.