Iolan earns Sports Circle honor

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Bob Talkington stands by his name on the Sports Circle of Honor at Tyler Junior College.

Bob Talkington’s name was set recently in the Sports Circle of Honor at Tyler (Texas) Junior College for being a star athlete there more than 60 years ago.
Talkington, Iola, played tackle on the Apache football team 1947-1948. The ceremony was June 27 on the TJC campus. Also attending were Talkington’s five children, Jill McCaskill, Cypress, Texas, Jacki Chase, Iola, Jim Talkington, Iola, Tom Talkington, Prairie Village, and Lisa Dreasher, Hutchinson.
Talkington was named All-Conference in 1948 and played in the first Texas Rose Bowl for the national football championship, losing to Compton Junior College of Califonia, 20-19.
After junior college, he transferred to the University of Kansas where he lettered in football and baseball.
In baseball, he was a starting catcher on the 1949 Big Seven championship team.
In football, he was nominated for national lineman of the week two times for games against Oklahoma State and Nebraska. For those same games, the KU team was named as the All-American weekly team.
In 1950, Talkington was named to the SAE All-American team.
After university, Talkington focused on law and attended KU’s law school.
He has practiced in Iola since 1956. He served in the Kansas Legislature from 1968 to 1989. In 1985, he was elected president of the Senate.
From 1995 to 1998, Talkington served on the Kansas Board of Regents, and as its chairman, 1997-98.
Locally, Talkington has served as Allen County attorney, city attorney of the communities of Moran and Gas, and legal counsel for Allen County Community College.
Talkington’s wife, Donna, is also well known for her public service to Iola.