Hook shots and bean bag chairs
Douglas Eric Randall left this world way too soon Thursday after suffering a heart attack at age 56, just two months after his mother Jo passed away.
Doug was as much a part of my growing up as anybody. As I have stated before, I spent a lot of time over at the Randall household, heck, I lived there.
And yes, Doug and younger brother Danny used to argue in their sleep as I lay between them on the floor in a sleeping bag.
Not surprisingly, they argued when they were wide awake as well, just like brothers tend to do.
I have fond memories of our many adventures together.
Our group used to always frequent Highland Mall in Austin because, well, there were lots of girls there shopping. (Sadly, Highland Mall is no longer there).
Once when it was just Doug and I, we found these bean bag chairs in Sears near the escalator.
We sat crossed-legged and bare-footed in the chairs, holding our arms crossed and touching our middle finger and thumb together while humming and chanting.
Quite a crowd gathered as they stepped off the escalator and needless to say, the manager of Sears did not find this the least bit amusing and had security escort us out of the store, mentioning something about never coming in Sears again.
Also a teammate, Doug played for Gerald Adams during a record run from 1973 to 1975.
“I always thought Doug was a great sub,” said the former Tiger basketball coach. “Probably the best inside sub I ever had. You never had to tell him what was going on in the game. He knew the game situation. You just had to put him in the game.”
A defensive and rebounding specialist, if you check the list of best rebounding efforts in Tiger history, you’ll find Doug’s name near the top of the chart, with 18 against Vanguard and 17 against Killeen in 1974.
Offensively, he was famous for his unstoppable hook shot (an example that can be seen below).
Doug was on the team that still holds the school record for wins with 33.
He played college ball at Concordia.
Doug was probably the smartest in our little crew, the most pragmatic. More importantly, he was one of the kindest hearted people I have ever known.
People I know who have roomed with him have said he was also the most fastidious person they ever knew.
He could not go to bed until ever dish was washed, every plate in its place. Call him the Felix Unger of our generation.
Doug could fix anything and worked for Luminant in Mt. Pleasant for 34 years.
At his memorial service Sunday, the church filled up with Luminant employees. In his honor, Luminant shut down and allowed their employees to attend his service.
No greater testament of the measure of the man.