Editor’s Note: The writer, a retired Army officer, wants to be Anonymous, not because of this article but because of his comments about his girl friend in another article (History of Super’s Restaurant, Bank Road Rawalpindi and Mukhtar, its Bald Owner).
I am a genuine Pindiite and know “who was who” in 1950s and 60s. I knew almost everybody worth his salt in Gordon College and Government College, Asghar Mall, Rawalpindi. Knew all prominent characters of those days, student or otherwise. No big deal. It was a small, neat town then and everybody knew everybody.
Did anyone on these pages attend the inauguration of basket ball courts of Gordon College? It took place in late 50s or early 60s. I must have been in fourth-fifth class. Just a kid. My elder brother practiced hockey in Gordon College Ground. I used to tag along on the carrier of his “Hercules” bicycle which I inherited in my college days.
While he played hockey, I used to wander in Jubilee Hall which was the center of activities in those days. It had a proper stage and I watched debate competitions and dramas. I was even allowed in the back stage area where I watched actors preparing for their next scene.
I once saw a drama performed by English actors. They spoke Shakespearean English which went way above my head but I enjoyed the waving of swords and the costumes.
Basket ball courts were constructed next to the famous Ladies Garden, separated only by a dirt path. These were probably the first properly constructed courts in Pindi.
He kept on and on, while I watched. My brother told me that he was the vice principal of the college and was preparing for the inauguration of the courts. I watched him for a long time. He followed the same routine for weeks on end. I was simply fascinated.
On the inauguration day, there was a big crowd and lot of speeches. In the end the Gora positioned himself on the newly marked center line and took his shot and scored on his first attempt. Anybody familiar with basket ball knows that a shot from the center is the most difficult one. At best it is a fluke, but not for that Gora.
Even at that age, I was impressed by his persistence and dedication. His name was Dr. Tebbe, later he was principal of F.C.College, Lahore.
Did anyone see him taking that impossible shot while the whole crowd watched?
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