Gotcha (at least those coming from Newszap looking for an announcement the end is near).
Treasures! The Del Webb Sun Cities Museum is literally a treasure trove of wonderful words and forgotten memories of days gone by. I often sit reading away hours of my life as i wander through the annals and story’s told by common everyday folk who loved Sun City and left a permanent mark by etching it into scrapbooks, journals and oral histories. Fabulous is simply an understatement. The tragedy is all too often they sit buried away in closets and cabinets with nary a visitor enjoying them. Hopefully this blog can help remedy that.
For example the headline on this entry, “Doomsday in Sun City” is straight from the pages of the May-June 1980 issue of the Webb Spinner. As a side note, we have nearly 40 years of the Webb Company monthly news letters all bound and preserved. They are filled with remarkable pictures and pieces of the explosive growth of one of the most innovative men in the construction industry, Del Webb. The one thing that stands out most prominently is the fact that Del wasn’t the end all be all. It was a company that celebrated its successes and recognized the efforts of thousands of employees that contributed to it.
I’ve left you hanging long enough: Debbie Doom was a softball phenom that at the age of 17 came to play for the Sun City Saints. She was 6 ft 1 and a half inches tall at that point and by the time she stopped growing was 6 foot 5. Her records for the Saints pale in comparison to her accomplishments in her later years. In the 1991 Pan Am games she hurled two consecutive no hitters and she won three NCAA Women’s College World Series Championships for the UCLA Bruins. Many of her stats and records still stand today.
But yet again i drift; page 5 of that Web Spinner claims whenever she was slated to pitch for the Saints, the local headlines would read; “It’s Doomsday for Saints Opponents!” Not to be outdone by those fabulous old Webb newsletters, the Museum also has a dozen scrapbooks filled with Sun City Saints history. The first half of them are laid out in quite astounding fashion as they are done in a manner that would make any modern-day scrap booker proud. Our back bedroom has a great collection and layout of those dozen years of the Saints in their prime. It’s fun to see how popular the Sun City Saints were, especially with all those old guys hanging around watching those pretty young things (who also happened to be some of the best players in the country).
The point is, the Museum is well worth the effort to get to. Rather than trying to convince you of that, i’ll close with this paragraph from Jerry Svendsen’s column Running Commentary in the July-August, 1980 issue of the Web Spinner. Mind you, Jerry was a Public Relations guy, an avid runner and quite fit (as he still is today). He says: ” I struck up a conversation with a hefty fellow at a service club meeting. The topic was proper weight and exercise. He said according to his weight he should be 7 ft 10 inches. I was encouraged when he said he was going to do something about it. “i’m going to put lifts in my shoes, ” he announced. Not quite what i had in mind.
Too funny; cool how good life was back in those early days and how we can still have it that way today. Nice!