My sister, Sandra Hastings, dragged me to the Miner basketball games while we were in college at UTEP when she started dating Merle "The Pearl" Heimer who she married. I sat through my first game there in the days of Tim Hardaway and the others and went home, game after game, hoarse from screaming and cheering. I met Coach Haskins years earlier when I was newly married myself and my husband, Ed Wolford of Windfall, and I stopped into a little bar off Copia and lo and behold Don Haskins was there, and he bought us a beer and we felt so cool sitting there with him on that night. Most of all, I remember moving to El Paso in the mid 60s and watching my parents hooting and hollaring at the TV set as the Miners won the National Championship. When "Glory Road" came out, I went to a theater in my neighborhood in Brooklyn and watched it, panting over the desert scenes, mourning El Paso, and oh how proud I was in learning the tenacity and strength of Coach Haskins. He has played a role in my life as he has for all of us in El Paso. The Bear will be missed but never forgotten.