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Mike Parker, Voice of the OSU Beavers

Apr 13, 2010|

Upon the untimely passing of OSU alum and most generous booster Al Reser, Voice of the Beavers Mike Parker shares his thoughts on the legacy he leaves with Primetime.

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Is the play by play voice of by the York state beavers recovered a sell local story here that we heard about today's sad news Al Reese served. Has died oh Oregon State graduate. Graduated from their 1960 course research stadium a -- find -- he was 74 in Florida hi my coin and. KI CK Jason thanks for having me up. I'll always good to have you on here the the Vin Scully like tones of Mike parker. In my in my I don't know the circumstances of his death but I ain't -- died in his sleep was this unexpected or was he sick. No it is not expected to inactive just this past Saturday night guys -- was function in the pro district in fact it which -- was honored. He wasn't there. But he son Marty. He Al was honored as the distinguished alumnus award wanted to EP Lemmon award. Marty got up and very well card Sears said -- down in Florida he's working fourteen honest and working -- Sitting by the pool work in -- regular and so there was no shots no stance that there was anything like it's coming itself. I think other members of his family including his wife were actually traveling in Spain during -- -- to there was no sense that there was any. Any crisis in hand so it's very sudden and shocking and very sad news. When people think of of the northwest in the organ schools anything about boosters in a Phil knight's name comes up in what he does for organ but the knee you. How recent was the film night of the of Morgan State can you put into words what he is meant to this university both on and off the athletic field. It's a great question Jason and I'd I'd just got up the -- when when that -- like articles here few minutes ago. Witnessed Barnhart who was director of athletics at times it kind of was one of the people behind. Getting this commitment so to speak for the naming rights to the stadium and pains early 1999. But Mitch you said to be during our conversation piece that is that none of that growth. Would have been possible without outreach that we -- -- without out we got outshot. Expand in order to get things -- now. Al came and before there'd been a winning season you know I mean even at that major commitment. Shortly after official award 98 and Mike Riley got the five wins but I could last for the Chargers. And I think else that into the kind of say we we we need to keep this momentum all an ominous stepped up the -- or twelve million dollars but it does say -- wasn't just. A fluke ish kind of deal we're still going forward with their stagnant and the kindly to that Dennis Erickson tired when he sees in the 99. That'll kinda came about the same time but without Al at a show in the late stepping up. If you would what that tangible yet I think I don't think -- is overstated which has a lot of what's happened would not have been possible. How much they donate over the years and how much you want to athletics. Over fourteen million in total pitch I believe two athletic. He reason I don't even know that figure you know on the academics I've -- over fourteen million dollars to athletics I am pretty sure is that. Is that figure involved. In it I may be wrong about that but I know what's at least that and then recently that you guys probably read or heard about him committing. Ten point 65 million dollars in the fall of 27 to. The construction of the Linus -- science center which is due to open next fall. Wait Gladys valley committed. About twenty million dollars and the research recently over ten million to make that possible so I'm not sure what total figure it's obvious academic side that it substantial. Mike parker play by play voice down attempt Oregon State joining us our research has died at 74 Houston Florida. Now for people that didn't know how or know anything about salaries are Mike what what should they know about him what would you like say about him. I would say you know beyond. Beyond that generosity that we already just described a little bit and talked about a probably Mr. Big -- get back. It was a generous. Spirited person too and I can speak to that from personal experience at that dinner. Three years in the fall 27 the launching of the election campaign 625. Million dollar fund raiser. We had the -- city in my wife and I can't as. Al reassures family's table. In recent weeks and I was emceed the event dogs and up and down and up and down. But my wife told me later that all out wanted to do was just talk about what your -- tell me about trauma or -- you -- tell me. Just. He's that you want it well you're part of our family value come -- gators from now I'm here here you know you're part of -- it was just thought upon meat eating out. He reached out and -- at a generous way and just really know each person beyond. The great success story but he was in business it was really an teach fortunate reached out to people and he treated people the right way and so from that sent. Will really be masters from a personal standpoint to. In my guys can talk NT hope to -- circumstances of their next -- tactic and on the and I -- -- and there's a biography about -- or mentally witches and coaches in the works about done it's gonna be published next month. So look for that I really interesting guy you know he was.

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