My Rose Bowl memory: Al Fish recalls a Badger fan's ashes on the field

2010-12-18T17:58:00Z 2010-12-18T19:34:18Z My Rose Bowl memory: Al Fish recalls a Badger fan's ashes on the fieldANDY BAGGOT | abaggot@madison.com | 608-252-6175 madison.com

That was then: Al Fish was the administrative officer for the UW Athletic Department in 1993 when the Badgers claimed their first Big Ten Conference title since 1962 and won their first Rose Bowl with

a 21-16 victory over UCLA on Jan. 1, 1994.

This is now: Fish is the UW vice chancellor for facilities, planning

and management.

As he recalls: "It was after the game and I was standing in the back end zone by the band and they were getting ready to go out. One of the assistant band directors actually was an ordained minister; I can't remember what religion. A couple came up to the back fence of the end zone and approached me and the assistant band director and said, ‘You know, my uncle Charlie died about a year-and-a-half ago and his last wish was that if the Badgers ever went to the Rose Bowl he wanted his ashes scattered out on the field.' I said, ‘That would be great. I bet a lot of other people would like that, too.' The guy goes, ‘No, no. Here he is. I have a bag of his ashes right here. I want you to go out and sprinkle them on the grass.' We were shocked, but the assistant band director then went out and surreptitiously sprinkled some of Uncle Charlie's ashes out on the field while the band was playing."

 

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