Headlines in Ray Nitschke’s Packer Report highlighted a memorable adventure narrated by Managing Editor Al Pahl as follows:
“As Packer Reporter subscriber Terry Ainsworth prepared to fly home from Wisconsin after vacation, he said he wouldn’t need an airplane because he was so high."
And why not? Here’s a guy who, between October 6th and November 3rd:
• Was invited to dinner by both Anthony Dilweg and Ray Nitschke;
• Carried Vern Biever’s camera equipment along the side-lines of the Packer game in Tampa, Florida;
• Attended many Packer practices;
• Became something of a media celebrity at the Tampa Bay Packer Backers tailgate party;
• Met and chatted with Max McGee, Fuzzy Thurston, Tony Canadeo, Billy Ard, Charlie Davis, Lindy Infante and Hank Bullough – the latter pair numerous times;
• Took his wife, Margaret out on the town in Green Bay with Infante’s secretary, Darlene Kramer and her Husband, George;
• And he’s got the photographs to prove it all
Here’s a guy who travels about 4,000 miles from home to see his favourite team – Terry and Margaret live in Morecambe, Lancashire, England – but they didn’t get to see the Packers play at Lambeau Field. All true Packer fans want to see their team play at Lambeau Field; that’s the holy spot for lovers of the Green & Gold. But Terry & Margaret planned their vacation or “holiday” as they would say before the 1990 schedule was announced. That’s why their flight home departed just one day before the World Champion San Francisco 49ers visited the hallowed ground of Lambeau Field. Even then Terry still didn’t lose out. Sure, 58,835 witnessed live an exciting 49er-Packer battle at Lambeau Field on November 4th but how many of them have been where Terry’s been? Just a few days before, he actually trod the sacred ground in the south end zone where Bart Starr scored the winning touchdown in the legendary Ice Bowl. If that isn’t the ultimate Packer fan’s ultimate vacation, I don’t know what is.
Attached here is a letter from Hank Bullough when I provided him with some details of his family’s history following our return to England