IT AIN’T OVER ‘TIL THE FOOTBALL COACH SINGS?
As many fans already know, there is an opera about Phillips in the works from composer Peter Stopschinski (Grupo Fantasma, Golden Hornet Project) and librettist Kirk Lynn (Austin’s Rude Mechs theater company). Bum Phillips, All-American Opera is based on his autobiography (Bum Phillips: Cowboy, Coach, Christian), and is set for a New York premiere in March, 2014.
Bum Phillips (1923-2013)
On the morning of October 19, I watched the sunrise in New York and I swear for a moment the sky was painted Columbia blue, red, and white. Bum is in heaven now. As I looked out of my window thinking about Bum, I sat listening to the first 42 bars of “Retirement (two kinds of coaches)” that Peter Stopschinski recorded and sent to me the other day. I hope Bum is listening too. — Luke Leonard, Director
From Bum Phillips Charities: There will be a memorial service at Goliad High School auditorium Saturday 10/26 at 1:30 and one in Houston at Lakewood church on the 29th at 7:30 pm. Our hearts and prayers are with the Phillips family. In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation to Bum Phillips Charities to help build a retreat center for the deaf: https://www.bumphillipscharities.com/donate/