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The Morning Stake | 2020.01.21

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Indiana’s Oldest State Worker Is Retiring At 102: ‘I’ve Been A Pretty Lucky Guy’. Via NPR:

He says that after his planned retirement next month, he’s got “some projects” he’s preparing to build for the little ones, which he won’t reveal on national radio because “they’re going to be a surprise.” And maybe something for himself, too: “Might build me a new swimming pool or something like that.”

To talk with Vollmer is to come away surprised — not that he has managed to work as long as he has, but that he has decided to retire at all.

He has spent his life on his feet, first serving in the Navy during World War II, then studying engineering. By the time he took up surveying for Indiana in the early 1960s — back when it was still known as the Department of Conservation — he had already reached the tender age of 45.

Since then, he’s largely dispensed with desks, instead spending much of his time braving the mosquitoes to check on department properties in dozens of Indiana counties.

“He never wants to be idle,” Vollmer’s boss, the department’s director of engineering, Dale Gick, told Outdoor Indiana magazine three years ago, when Vollmer was still months away from reaching the century mark. “He’s always on the go, always moving. He works all the time, nights and week.”

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Preseason #6 by Baseball America. BaseballAmerica has their top 25 with Texas Tech at #6 and the top Big 12 team. Oklahoma State is at #16 and Oklahoma is at #19.

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Texas Tech vs. TCU. There’s a game tonight, at TCU on ESPN+ and to remind you, this game is only available online, on the ESPN+. It is not on a channel. It’s on an app on your TV. The preview and game thread will drop at 10:00 a.m.

Edwards is the Big 12 Player of the Week. Congrats to Kyler Edwards for being named the Big 12 Player of the Week.

Up to #18 in AP Top 25 Poll. Via AP, Texas Tech moves up from #23 to #18, with Baylor at #1, Kansas at #3, and West Virginia at #14.

Fireside Chat, Head Shaved. Basketball basketball’s director of marketing Alex Achorn said that he’d shave his head if Texas Tech sold out against Iowa State. We can now mark this off the list.

Mooney’s First NBA Bucket. Congrats for former Red Raider basketballer Matt Mooney for getting his first NBA bucket last night for the Cleveland Cavaliers!

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Orlando Leaving Staff. It’s been an incredibly wild week and a half, but former Texas defensive coordinator Todd Orlando was hired at Texas Tech as assistant head coach and linebackers coach and reports surfaced yesterday that Orlando would be headed to USC as the defensive coordinator. I think this is one of those situations where it would have been nice if Orlando didn’t take the job if he didn’t intend on finishing it, but I don’t blame him for taking a defensive coordinator position.


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