Mac Stevenson loved Kansas and sports — basketball, football, golf, hunting, baseball, boating and fishing.
In years past, he was known to have had three television sets blaring at the same time so he could watch three separate football games.
He wrote a weekly sports column for a number of Kansas newspapers.
And never one time in his twenty-eight years of writing his column, “Sports Potpourri” , did he miss the deadline of publishing his sports news for all of you to read. Under different circumstances, he might have been a Grantland Rice, a Red Smith or a Frank Deford. He also wrote three unpublished novels which someday we may publish.
Mac Stevenson died on August 28, 2018 at Salina Regional Medical Center following complications from surgery. He was born on November 9, 1934 in Salina, Kansas. He was a Kansan through and through attending the University of Kansas, graduating in 1953. He was a Jayhawk fan and also became a Kansas State Wildcat fan when he moved to Manhattan, Kansas, where he owned The Stevenson Clothing Company which was founded in the late 1890’s by his grandfather, William McBride Stevenson, thus his name, Mac. He lived in Manhattan from l953 until his return to Salina in1986.
He not only wrote about sports, he was a sportsman. I was witness to many of his sporting accomplishments. I remember many pitch black fall nights. He would be out shooting baskets at a hoop attached above the garage. He had installed two bright spotlights and spent hours and hours shooting and shooting. He lettered in football, basketball and golf at Salina High School.
He loved a painting of a sailboat in a blazing red, orange and yellow sunset that was at the Michigan cottage.
The inscribed poem, “Tis the Set of the Sail,” by Ella Wheeler Wilcox was printed at the bottom of the picture.
“One ship sails East,
And another West,
By the self-same winds that blow,
’Tis the set of the sails
And not the gales,
That tells the way we go.
Like the winds of the sea,
Are the waves of time
As we journey along through life,
’Tis the set of the soul,
That determines the goal,
And not the calm or the strife.”
So, now dear friends, you know a bit more about Mac Stevenson, your friend of many years or your friend through “Sports Potpourri.” Many of his greatest pleasures were the contacts he had with each and every one of you.
So, now his game is over.
He played in all four quarters.
He will be greatly missed.
RIP Big Brother.
Eve Stevenson Phoenix