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COMMENCEMENT SPEAKERS ENGAGEDI'm guessing that in 1963 it was easier to contact and secure a Bears QB than it would be in 2010. I can't quite see HCBA contacting Jay Cutler and asking him to say a few words in May to a handful of graduating seniors.
One of the periods of school life that every student looks forward to is Commencement. Chilhowee feels herself fortunate indeed to have been able to secure Dr. Harold Purdy and Mr. Bill Wade for the 1963 Commencement speakers.
Mr. Bill Wade will deliver an address to the senior class on Wednesday evening. Mr. Wade is a graduate of Montgomery Bell Academy and Vanderbilt University. He is a veteran of the United States Navy where he served as a Lieutenant. At present he is quarterback with the Chicago Bears. He is a leader in the Fellowship Christian Athletes' Conference and has been a leader of Christian young people since college days.
Dr. Harold J. Purdy will deliver the Commencement Address on Friday night May 17. He has for a number of years been active as a pastor and in denominational life. He is at present pastor of Belmont Heights Baptist Church, Nashville, Tenn., and President of the Tennessee Baptist Convention. We welcome these Christian leaders to the campus of Harrison-Chilhowee Baptist Academy and look forward to hearing and knowing them.
Bill Wade is one of many a storied quarterback for Chicago, but only one of three that have won a championship. He joins Sid Luckman (who won four) and Jim McMahon (one). Bill and Jim also wore the same number on their jersey. Bill Wade is listed as the fifth best QB in Bears' history, according to one list.
Here's a card that I picked up from a SportLots.com seller. I got it for eighteen cents. Yes, you heard me. 18. No, it isn't really a spectacular card. One of Fleer's Million Dollar Moments cards. The back is basically full of rules for the contest and an entry form.
There's about eleven or so regular issue cards for Bill Wade and a few 'oddball' issues. From 1955 to 1960 he is pictured in a Los Angeles Rams uniform. From 1961 to 1965 he is shown as a Chicago Bear. The 'oddball' issues feature him in a Vanderbilt or Chicago uniform.
- 1951 Topps Magic - 2
- 1955 Bowman - 78
- 1957 Topps - 34
- 1958 Topps - 38
- 1959 Bell Brand Rams - 1
- 1959 Topps - 110
- 1960 Topps - 61
- 1960 Topps Tattoos - (10)
- 1960 Bell Brand Rams - 17
- 1961 Topps - 10
- 1962 Post Cereal - 119
- 1962 Salada Coin - 41
- 1962 Topps - 13 (short print)
- 1962 Topps Bucks Inserts - 42
- 1963 Kahn's - 90
- 1963 Topps - 61
- 1964 Coke Caps Bears - 33
- 1964 Coke Caps National NFL - 64
- 1964 Kahn's - 50
- 1964 Philadelphia - 26
- 1964 Wheaties Stamps - 70
- 1965 Coke Caps Bears - C23
- 1965 Philadelphia - 26
- 1966 Coke Caps Bears - C23
- 1981 TCMA Greats - 24
- 1991 Hoby SEC Stars Autographs - 10
- 1991 Hoby SEC Stars Samples - 10
- 1991 Hoby SEC Stars -350
- 1991 Quarterback Legends - 43
- 1993 Quarterback Legends - 44
- 1994 Topps Archives (1957) - 34
- 1994 Topps Archives Gold (1957) - 34
- 1997 Fleer Million Dollar Moments - 15
- 1998 Bears Fan Convention - 52
- 1999 Bears Fan Convention - 40