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Krolicki vs. Reid for Senate in 2010?
by Harry Spencer
Jan 08, 2010 | 1145 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
According to a radio interview he gave earlier this week, Nevada Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki may be mulling over a decision to revisit his once announced candidacy to oppose U.S. Sen. Harry Reid in this year’s November election.

Krolicki, who was recently cleared of all charges that he misused state funds, has been getting a lot of support by some strong Republican factions to re-throw his hat into the ring against Reid. Several things would have to happen to make him a viable candidate. First, he would have to see how much money he could quickly raise to fend off the other Republicans, namely Sue Lowden and Danny Tarkanian, in a primary election. Also, there would have to be some healing of the current split in the Republican Party between the Ron Paul faction and the traditional GOP power brokers.

The undercurrent of rumors that Krolicki’s recent court case, which he won, might have been influenced by Reid continues to bubble up now and then. And if a true “smoking gun” could be found, it might be the most important reason for Krolicki to make a senatorial bid.

With Reid’s popularity poll numbers at an all time low in the state, the Republicans, both here and nationally, feel they have a strong chance to defeat the long-time incumbent.

Nevada basketball

As of today, the University of Nevada, Reno basketball team has a record of 1-1 in Western Athletic Conference play. Barely losing to Louisiana Tech on the road and then handling New Mexico State, again on the road, the Wolf Pack roundballers seem to be rounding into the kind of squad that new coach David Carter promised at the beginning of the season. The close loss to Louisiana Tech, which is now atop the WAC standings, and the strong domination of New Mexico State University have shown that the Silver and Blue can handle itself in difficult situations. Relying on strong performances from Luke Babbit and Armon Jonson, the Pack also discovered that center Dario Hunt can step up when necessary, as can sixth man Ray Kraemer. The most impressive improvement in the starting five has been registered by Brandon Fields. His athletic and artistic baskets against New Mexico State seemed to ignite his teammates at crucial times. The other starter, Joey Shaw, is a strong force on rebounding and putting the clamps defensively on his designated opponent.

While Nevada ranks at the bottom currently in minutes played by the bench, coach Carter seems to have great faith that the strength of his starting five is exceptionally good. Of that five, Babbit has proven to be the game changer with Johnson not far behind. For a sixth man, Kraemer has proven to be a secret weapon due to his uncanny accuracy from three-point range.

The WAC basketball tournament is said to be wide open this year and judging at this point, Nevada has a good chance to win all the marbles.

Celebrity Corner

Recently on the Western Cable Channel, there were several days of nonstop reruns of old “Have Gun, Will Travel” episodes starring Richard Boone. In the days of the old Silver Spurs awards in Reno, Boone was one of the yearly winners because of his role as Paladin in “Have Gun.”

The spurs were awarded annually to the best leading man in a Western. The original winner was John Wayne in 1948 and he was followed by such luminaries as Jimmy Stewart and Gregory Peck, among many others. When Westerns faded from the big screen, the spurs were then given to the best male performance in a TV Western. In addition to Boone, other TV winners were the complete cast of “Bonanza” and Jim Arness of “Gunsmoke.”

Boone showed up in Reno in the traditional all-black outfit he sported as Paladin and proved a most gracious recipient. The most interesting fact that we found out about him during a visit was that he once was a well-regarded Shakespearian actor — a far cry from the tough, burly roles he most often played on film and TV.

In one of the “Have Gun” segments that played last week, his co-star (actually adversary) was none other than Rob Wilke. Wilke was one of those actors you saw in countless movies and television shows but never bothered to learn his name. He made his first visit to Reno back in the 1960s as the lead celebrity at one of the Mapes Invitational Golf Tournaments. When I received the call from Hollywood booking agent Pierre Cossette, I asked him who he was going to follow Andy Williams with in the tournament (Williams was the previous year’s top celebrity). The agent responded that he would be paired with Bob Wilke.

“Bob who?!” I asked and he responded, “One of the guys that was after Gary Cooper in ‘High Noon.’ You know, one of the bad guys!”

When Wilke showed up for the tournament, he proved to be a gentlemanly and charming as had Boone but he still had that evil, dominating look about him. Physically, he made Richard Boone look as handsome as Cary Grant by comparison.

Harry Spencer is a freelance writer in Reno. His column about the past and present of northern Nevada appears weekly in the Tribune.

Editor’s note: Opinions expressed in Harry Spencer's column are his own and do not necessarily reflect those of the Tribune.
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