Turning the Page: A cn|2 Sports Documentary

08/17/2012 03:52 PM

Chip Cosby investigates the little-told story of how the University of Kentucky integrated SEC football by signing Greg Page and Nate Northington in 1966.
The 30 minute documentary, broken into three parts, includes rare footage and photos, first-hand accounts of Page’s tragic death following a 1967 practice and an interview with Northington himself, who has remained silent on the issue for years.

Comments

  • Greg wrote on August 17, 2012 06:31 PM :

    Great job Chip. I was 12 yrs old in ’66 and do remember Mr. Page.
    But I didn’t know that UK was the first SEC school to integrate its sports programs. It took a lot of guts for those young men to do what they did. God bless them.

  • Randal Lanham wrote on August 17, 2012 08:56 PM :

    Chip thank you so much. I played football for Owensboro Catholic and graduated in 1970. I remember Houston Hogg at Daviess County. He was a great ball player and the things he had to endure in high school was a testament to him. I never have understood that hate.

    I am glad and grateful for your work in educating Kentuckians about these men who need to be thought of as heroes. I am also grateful you show the connection and flow of history up to and including Joker Phillips. You sir are one great journalist and I enjoy your writing and now your productions. Don’t ever lose what you are giving the world because we still to be reminded of what great men really are.

  • Richard wrote on August 20, 2012 10:34 PM :

    Chip, Awesome work. As a younger generation Kentucky fan I had no idea about Page or Northington. I passed the Greg Page apartments everyday and had no idea what it was all about. Now I have a new found respect for these brave men. Keep up the great work you do on Cn2. Thanks again for this great Documentary.

  • Rod Wolfe wrote on September 05, 2012 12:14 AM :

    I was part of the 1967 freshman football class that included Wilbur Hackett and Houston Hogg. Coming from Mississippi, I brought my prejudices with me, but the grueling nature of a Bradshaw practice brought us all to equal status of just trying to survive. Growing up in Mississippi I had never even had a conversation with a black person. Sitting around as a group after one of our practices talking about who was singled out that day for a guts drill, or who had packed their bags and left the previous night; we were equal. My favorite memory of Wilbur and Houston was them teaching a few of us to dance. I remember them saying,“you have to not worry about what you look like and especially what other people might think about you.” I wonder how many times they had to apply that in their lives?

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