A Tribute to Rube

This was 1974, a Sunday night. Then-WLBT television station manager Bill Dilday, a jazz aficionado, was driving back into Jackson from a business trip. As he often did, Dilday turned his radio dial to WJSU-FM, the Jackson State University campus radio station. "I heard this new deejay, with this rich, baritone voice, who called himself just Michael," Dilday remembered Thursday afternoon. "He was playing really nice jazz, but it was his voice and his suave delivery that got me. The next day, when I went to the station, I told...

Coming full circle: It all began over red beans and rice

Twenty years ago, a group of us got together over plates of red beans and rice at Hal and Mal's. We shared a dream: a museum to showcase what Mississippians do best. Two decades later this week, I have accepted the job of executive director of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, succeeding my late and dear friend Michael Rubenstein, who ate the beans and rice that day, too. For the past four decades plus, I have covered Mississippi athletes and have become more and more passionate about...