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September 1, 2013

FROM THE SIDELINES: Memories of a local treasure

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GOSHEN — YOU could be having a difficult day and just a few minutes with Lamar Paflas would make it a much brighter one. There was something good about every day to him.

Scores of youngsters enjoyed their first working experience at The Olympia including 1962 GHS graduate Kirby Whitehead who has been involved with the store for 55 years.

Theresa Hoopingarner Evans wrote in a funeral home web site tribute, “Lamar was my first boss when I was at the age of 14. He taught me about job ethics, organization and to always have humor in the work place.”

Paflas was in Okinawa with the U.S. Army Aircorp during the war. He later was a member of both the American Legion and VFW in Goshen.

LAMAR dabbled briefly in politics, being a Republican candiate for Mayor in 1963. Ralph Schenk would go on to win the election.

Paflas, nicknamed “Dynamite” during his GHS football career, was also a devoted fan of the Chicago Cubs. “We’ll get ’em next year,” he had been saying every year since 1945.

Until shortly before his death, Paflas would still show up bright and early at The Olympia a couple days a week to make the potato salad.

In 1990, Lamar was very proud to see a fellow GHS graduate (Rick Mirer) become starting quarterback for the Fighting Irish.

He was equally thrilled a year ago when Notre Dame emerged from two decades of mediocrity to notch a 12-0 regular season and No. 1 ranking.

Lamar Paflas of Goshen has crossed the goal line of life — as a winner.

CONCERNING the current Notre Dame team, the Irish could be better overall than a year ago but it’s highly unlikely that they will go 12-0 again.

The defense was spectacular and offense opportunistic throughout 2012, but the Irish were very fortunate to come out on top in a couple games.

But then, Alabama was also lucky to be in the national title game. The Tide lost at home to Texas A&M, should have lost to LSU and could have lost to Georgia.

Baylor cost ND its best national title hope by upsetting Kansas State. The Irish probably could have handled KSU, but never Alabama and probably not Oregon or Georgia.

Saturday’s victory over Temple at steamy Rockne Stadium got the new campaign started. We’ll see where it leads.

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