Allenbrooke Nursing and Rehabilitation Center recognizes a resident with an amazing story. Resident William T. Grogan Jr, nicknamed Bill “Scoop”, has been active in the local sports scene most of his life. Locally, at Memphis State University from 1970–1974 when he headed the Sports Information Office. In 1973 he published “Meet Me in St. Lois” which was a season long basketball promotion. He also correctly predicted Memphis State would go to the final four where they lost to UCLA in the final game. That year he was recognized with a national award for being the Sports information Director Of the Year.

He was employed by both Memphis newspapers, the Press-Scimitar and Commercial Appeal. For 6 years, he did unique work using analogies to commonly known things like cars to illustrate football plays in a weekly column for the Memphis Daily News “The Football Scoop”.

Bill assisted as Press Coordinator for seven Danny Thomas Memphis Golf Classics and worked National Broadcast for ABC, NBC , CBS and Raycom as a spotter, statistician and Broadcast assistant. Examples of celebrities he met are President Ronald Reagan, Howard Cosell, Bear Bryant, Mayor of Memphis Henry Loeb, Senator Lamar Alexander, Brent Musburger, Keith Jackson, Danny Thomas and Marlo Thomas.

In 1980 the Census Bureau awarded him the National Civil Anvil Award for PRSA, the highest award you can receive for public relations. He covered grocery stores and laid out the program that used gimmicks such advertising on milk cartons to encourage citizens to fill out the Census Questionnaire.

1973 Memphis State Tigers (William Grogan 2nd from Left)

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