After weekend on the Hill, Jayhawk fervor is all in the family

Posted on Oct 14, 2016 in Alumni News and News

Lou Pecci spent only two years at KU, but he has cherished that time ever since. “You go to school there, and it gets in your bones,” he says. “Your bones belong to KU.”

So when his family told him to pack his bag for the surprise trip of his dreams, Lou easily guessed the destination: “Are we going out to Kansas to see a game?”

Yes, after 36 long years, the diehard Jayhawk in Flanders, New Jersey, would finally return to the Hill. His family says he has talked of nothing but KU, worn Jayhawk regalia and collected KU tchotchkes for as long as they can remember.

“Obsessed is an understatement,” says his daughter, Teresa Pecci Sedore, who with her husband, Tom, planned the trip as a gift to her parents for hosting the young couple’s wedding in February.

When they arrived in Lawrence Oct. 7, the family’s first campus stop was the Adams Alumni Center, where the Alumni Association staff had offered long-distance advice to Teresa and her mother, Donna, as they planned the adventure.

Lou says he originally left New Jersey for KU because of “itchy feet. Go fever. Get in the car.” Now he rarely leaves home—“They had to me put on the plane with a crowbar,” Lou concedes with a laugh—making the family journey to Lawrence all that much more special. Though his beloved McCollum Hall no longer towers on Daisy Hill, Lou’s stories of antics with his 3-West buddies have stood the test of time.

Always an outlier when decked out in his KU gear back home and ceaselessly extolling the virtues of all things KU to family and friends, Lou finally won over the skeptics in his clan with two days of touring campus and enjoying the food and nightlife downtown. A thrilling football game against Texas Christian—a one-point loss that KU had a chance to win with a last-second field goal attempt—didn’t hurt, either.

“During the game,” Lou says, “my daughter turned to me and said, ‘Dad, now I totally get it. All your Kansas stories over the years. I totally understand.’ That says it all.”

Thankfully there won’t be any more long gaps between visits to Mount Oread: The Peccis and Sedores are already planning their return trip in 2017.

—Jennifer Jackson Sanner

The Wheel, the Hawk and Louise’s West were among the stops on Lou’s whirlwind tour.The Wheel, the Hawk and Louise’s West were among the stops on Lou’s whirlwind tour.

Donna and Lou Pecci and their son, Billy; daughter, Teresa; and son-in-law, Tom Sedore, reveled in the KU-TCU game Oct. 7. Donna ordered custom T-shirts for the family for the trip.Donna and Lou Pecci and their son, Billy; daughter, Teresa; and son-in-law, Tom Sedore, reveled in the KU-TCU game Oct. 7. Donna ordered custom T-shirts for the family for the trip.

 

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