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Honor isn't just for male athletes

I read the article regarding Cal Ripken Jr. and the other famous graduates enshrined in Aberdeen High School's Walk of Fame ("Aberdeen High School honors famous son," Jan. 14). I was a classmate of Irv Pankey and a graduate of the school.

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I do not want to take anything away from the graduates listed in your article. These are unmistakably men with God-given talents and dedication. However, all of the "walk-of-famers" from Aberdeen were men and four of the five were athletes. This clearly sends the wrong message that you need to be a man and an athlete to achieve this notoriety.

I'm sure there are many men and women who have succeeded in the arts, sciences, medicine, the military, industry, etc., who have achieved local and regional recognition through their dedication, quiet excellence and accomplishments, and are just as deserving.

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With the exception of Michael Griffin, the honorees owe most of their "fame" to their teammates.

Charles E. McCannon

Bel Air


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