Part 2 of Honolulu Stadium
Charlie Wedemeyer, 1960s.
Charlie Wedemeyer Remembers
The subject of an Emmy Award-winning
documentary, "One More Season," a made-for-TV movie,
"Quiet Victory," and a moving biography, Charlies
Victory, the Wedemeyers story is known to millions. A 1965
Punahou graduate, Charlie was a standout running back at Michigan
State University. Disabled since the 1970s by amyotrophic lateral
sclerosisALS, or "Lou Gehrigs disease"he
continues to coach high school football in Los Gatos, California,
with the help of Lucy and his children, Carrie and Kale.
My earliest memories of the Stadium
are of being down on the sidelines with my dad watching my oldest
brother, Herman. He had brought over his college all-star friends
from the mainland to play the post-season game that would become
the Hula Bowl. I was only about three and oblivious to the fact
that Herman was a Heisman Trophy contender. I was just focused
on consuming fistfulls of boiled peanuts!
The Stadium seemed to be a gathering
place for the entire island. As I grew older, watching my brother
Kenneth play for the military became an obsession. I was mesmerized
by his amazing quickness on the field! I had visions that someday
I too could put on a football uniform and feel the excitement
of carrying the ball. Every young boys dream was to play
in that huge stadium.
In sixth grade I transferred from
Kamehameha to Punahou and lived with Herman. My emotions were
torn, especially when people called me "haole" and
"traitor." But Im glad I did or I might never
have met Lucy!
here to see Al Harrington celebrating a victory in Honolulu Stadium.
here to go to the interview with Herman Wedemeyer.