To The Editor:
I visited the Iowa Hall of Pride in Des Moines for the first time this week. I was very impressed and spent over two hours exploring, playing trivia and trying to absorb some of all the information offered. Besides covering sports, there are displays on band, choir, orchestra, speech, theater, dance, debate, officials, media, etc. There is a Hall of Honor featuring famous artists, actors, politicians, Olympians, inventors, scientists, musicians, athletes, businesspersons, an astronaut, and more who are/were Iowans. And at the end there are interactive games to play football, soccer, bowling, basketball, etc. I must admit I did not participate but what fun it would be to take kids or grandkids and play these games.
Now the reason for this letter. Although I had found Webster City people listed in some of the displays, when I went to look up Webster City on one of the high school kiosks, I couldn't get past the home page. I went to get the person at the front desk to help me and when we got back to the kiosk and he saw I was on the purple and gold Webster City page, he told me the reason I couldn't get past the home page was that Webster City was one of the few schools in Iowa that hadn't submitted any information. Having lived here over 30 years, I know we have some very famous Webster Citians, local and worldwide, so was disappointed not to see them represented.
As I was entering, I met Jack Lashier, the Director of the Iowa Hall of Fame. When he found out I was from Webster City and hadn't been able to get any information on the high school site, he asked if I knew of someone who might be able to provide information. The site is there and ready to go, even has a password assigned. So now there are two packets of information given to two Webster City retired teachers (one was also at the Hall of Fame that day) whom I hope will get the ball rolling so Webster City can be represented on the high school kiosks.
I plan to return again and if you get the opportunity, visit the Iowa Hall of Pride. You'll be glad you did.
Avis Wells Smith