Story courtesy of Jim Ellis, Miami News Record
Ted Watts, a 1960 grad of MHS, was honored by the Miami Public Schools Enrichment Foundation prior to the kickoff of the homecoming football game Friday night when the Miami Wardogs entertained Skiatook.
"I am so pleased," Watts said, "It gets me that people thought enough of me to recommend me for that honor." "We are delighted to honor Mr. Watts for the outstanding achievements in his field," said Brett Hayes, chair of the MPSEF outstanding alumni committee. "We hope his career will inspire our current and future students to strive for excellence." This marks the 16th year of honoring Miami's outstanding graduates, which include Heisman Trophy winner Steve Owens, world renowned artist Charles Banks Wilson, women's rights activist Fern Holland and NASA engineer Brian Anderson.
I am used to being the guy on the other side of the publicity," Watts said. "I have given folks publicity doing things to honor other people and I'm not really quite used to somebody honoring me for just doing my job." Watts' client list includes more than 150 colleges and universities, including Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas, Notre Dame, TCU, Wichita State, the United States Olympic Committee and the NCAA. Watts' fondest memories of growing up in Miami - he moved here in 1956 as a freshmen - included playing Wardog sports and being able to study under Wilson while a student at Northeastern A&M.
"He was my mentor - he taught me so much," Watts said. "Miami has brought a lot of attention to me. I am grateful for that. I have lots of friends in Miami who have helped me out along the way, not the least being Charles Banks Wilson."
PHOTO: Jim Ellis, Sports Editor - Miami News-Record, Miami, Oklahoma
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