I had the chance to thank the City of Beloit, City Council and City Manager for their honor on the bridge naming.
Thanks to my four daughters, Harriet Knight Everette, Vicki Knight McCalister, Sabrina Knight Williams from Beloit, and Michelle Knight Grady from Algonquin, Illinois. Thanks also to Pastor James M. Ivy and members of my church, New Zion Baptist, and to my fraternity brothers, Worshipful Master Lance Baskin and members of W.B. Kennedy Lodge #3 from Beloit. Also, to attorney Dorothy Harrell, president of the Beloit Branch NAACP.
I have had congratulations comments from states across the country - Texas, Arkansas, South Carolina, Ohio, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, California, Michigan.
Thanks to the Beloit Daily News writers and camera staff and Editor Bill Barth, and the editorial staff and Eugene Relerford of the Chronicle news.
I'd like to say a word about my friend, the late Ken Hendricks. Only a few people know Ken and I toured several of his properties around Beloit, and the Broad Street and Short Street area. When Ken took over the Beloit Corp. buildings he took me up into the pattern shop where thousands of patterns, small, medium, and large were stored. Ken had a dream to produce and market them for souvenirs and for people to purchase them. I thought it was an excellent idea.
I learned Ken was a dreamer. He dreamed of how he thought things could be, and looked at strategies to accomplish his mission. Ken told me the true story of how he got his business moving in Beloit. The late Bob Tilley would know that story well. My last time with Ken was in the Holiday Inn of South Beloit at the Chamber of Commerce Lewgislative Breakfast before his accident. Rest in peace, my friend. You will long be remembered.
Walter R. Knight
(Mr. Knight recently was honored by the City of Beloit, with the Portland Avenue Bridge being named the Walter R. Knight Bridge in his honor. - WRB)