While my alma mater, the University of Michigan didn’t bring home the NCAA hoop championship, I can’t complain. It was a good run. Watching the Final Four at the alumni bar here in Seattle with the Michigan faithful young and old is always a blast. Nothing like spilling beer and BBQ sauce on complete strangers only to look at it each other shrug it off and get back to singing HAIL TO THE VICTORS.
Which leads me to this photo, of Steve. I spotted Steve during the Chinese New Year festivities on the crowded streets of the International District. He was hard to miss, donned in Michigan gear head to toe. Despite walking with a slight hobble due to age, he walked proud. This was a portrait I had to take. I thought I lost him in the crowd, until I spotted him resting on a bench at Hing Hay Park. I struck up a conversation with him which was easy to do, being that we had common ground, I was wearing a Michigan ball cap that day. I extended my hand to him and said “GO BLUE!” He took my hand and shook it firmly an replied the same, an emphatic “GO BLUE!” During our chat the he told me he was about to turn 93 years young and attended the University of Michgan in the early 1940’s.
This is Steve. He’s a proud Wolverine. GO BLUE and GO STEVE.