Klay Thompson return to Pullman to retire Jersey

Washington State University honored professional basketball player Klay Thompson by retiring his collegiate jersey at Beasley Coliseum January 18, 2020.

            The three-time NBA champion returned to Pullman for the first time since his professional debut.

            “The atmosphere during Klay’s return was triumphant. You could just feel the excitement in the air,” WSU student Jimmy Hopkins said.

             During his time at WSU, Thompson averaged 21.6 points per game, lead the nation in three-pointers made and broke four WSU basketball records, WSU Athletics Communications said.

            Prior to playing for the Golden State Warriors, International teams or winning NBA championships, he found home first in Pullman, Thompson said during his halftime speech.

            “I will always be a coug,” he said.

            “To me being a Coug, is family, it’s loyalty, it’s friendship and it’s just having your brethren or your sisters’ back. That’s what being a Coug entails,” Thompson said in an interview after the ceremony.

            Thompson’s appearance at WSU meant something different to everyone who attended the event.

            “It makes me even prouder to be a Coug and to know that he is out in the public eye representing how great this school is,” Shea Bowdish WSU student and Golden State Warrior fan.

            In a jersey retirement, the number found on that specific jersey may never be worn again on the team.

            The retired jersey is hung from the scaffolds of the building as a display. The physical jersey is not hung, instead a banner with the athlete’s name and former number are draped from the ceiling for the fans to see.

Thompson is one of the only two basketball players to have their jersey retired at WSU.

                The other jersey, number 55 belonged to Steve Puidokas.

            Both Thompson and Puidokas account for two of the seven athletes in all of WSU’s sports history to have their jersey retired, WSU Athletic Communications said.

            In an interview after the ceremony, Thompson said he couldn’t believe that his number would hang in Beasley Coliseum forever. He said he felt lucky to have the opportunity and credited his parents and teammates for the success in his career.

            This event was held to celebrate a person who broke records and ironically the night was a record breaker itself.

            When Thompson returned to retire his jersey, the stadium had more than 10,000 people attend. The highest attendance in the history of Beasley Coliseum. The last time Beasley Coliseum had this many people in its stands, Thompson was playing his final home game in Pullman, according to the Spokesman Review.

            “Even though I don’t go to WSU, seeing Klay Thompson in person is something I couldn’t pass up on as a basketball fan and a Washingtonian,” Chance Williamson, Richland, said.

            Thompson said the time he spent at WSU helped him develop into the player he is today. He said he was thrown into a leadership role right off the bat, and that has carried into his professional career.

            Since Thompson’s eight years in the NBA, he has won three NBA championships, played on the 2012 All-Rookie team and started on five NBA All-Star teams.

            “No matter what uni I put on- hopefully a Warriors for the rest of my career- I will always be a Coug,” Thompson said in his speech.

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Donna Dias (My Great Grandma) Profile

A retired woman reflects on her life’s travels and family memories while in self isolation

Donna Dias followed her husband to their seats. The plane was small, without ample arm room and only two seats per row. Dias settled into her seat for a three-hour flight from New York to London. This was not a typical plane; this plane could fly faster than the speed of sound.

Dias is now 86 years old and it has been over (50) years since she flew on the Concord, a plane that could travel to and from New York, London and Paris in a fraction of the regular time. She has always envisioned a life of luxury and that’s exactly the life she has lived, Dias said.

“Things weren’t always as easy as they are now, I used to live in a small apartment in Oakland with my husband and three little kids”, she said. Much of Dias’ young adult life was put on hold to raise her children.

She had all three of her children before the age of 21. When she had her first child at 16, she dropped out of high school. “I knew I was capable of getting my high school diploma, so I went back and got my GED when I was in my 20’s”, she said.

While Dias stayed at home and took care of her kids, her husband worked at a local canary. He saved as much money as he could in hopes to better their living situation.

In her late 30’s her husband purchased an electrical company right outside of Oakland, CA, she said. It wasn’t long before the company had expanded, and they were able to move out of their apartment and into a house.

Over the next few years she and her husband acquired more than four houses and property in Mexico.

“When I was in high school word got out that I was having a little gathering and more than 30 people showed up to our beach house,” Dias’ youngest daughter Lourie Dias said. “My parents weren’t even mad. They took all of us out to an Italian dinner downtown”.

Dias has always enjoyed large gathering and big social events, she said. After the assassination attempt of Ronald Reagan, she attended a ball gathering to raise funds to increase gun protection laws. While at the ball she met former President Reagan and his wife, “They were very nice people,” she said. On the mantle by her TV there is a picture of Dias, her husband and the Reagans.

If she wasn’t out socializing or spending time with her kids, she was enjoying the company of her family. Dias has three children, 10 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.

All the grandchildren loved to travel with their grandma. She would take them to Disney Land, cruises to Mexico or trips to Edmonton, CA for a shopping trip, Dias’ granddaughter Tara Dias said.

Her favorite way to travel is with her family. Dias’ most memorable vacation was a cruise down the Coast of Mexico. It lasted two weeks and all 32 members, along with some friends were able to join, she said.

Dias has traveled to many places and seen many different things through out her life. Although, she has always enjoyed luxurious decor and vacations, none of it would be worth anything without her family or husband beside her to appreciate it, she said.

Dias’ husband passed away in 2017 due to health complications. They were married for 63 years and had a large family. Since his death Dias takes many  trips to Walla Walla, WA or Pendleton, OR to take her mind things. “Without my little trips I think I might go crazy”, Dias said.

Beauty to Bud: Dyana Davis

            Dyana Davis is a consultant for Cali Distribution Inc, a recreational marijuana distributor in Northern California.

            Davis stumbled upon her career path while visiting a retail rental space in Capitola, CA. She was in the process of opening her own salon and wanted to stock her shelves with all-natural products, she said.

            After she talked to multiple different distributors about their products, she realized that she would make more money by entering the distribution chain than by opening a salon. “I started researching distributors and found a company in Denmark that didn’t have distribution into North America”, she said.

            Davis contacted the company based out of Denmark and set up a meeting in Los Angeles. While at the meeting she was introduced to a representative from Goldwell., a beauty product company. She joined the Goldwell. team and traveled around the country to learn about the process of making natural beauty products, she said.

            Once Davis had learned the ins and outs of the industry, she knew she wanted to manufacture and distribute marijuana.

“A lot of people like to say it’s a boy’s club, but I actually have a female partner”, she said. Davis and her partner contributed a combined amount of $100,000 and started growing their own marijuana plants.

It was not long before they merged with a local chocolate company and started manufacturing marijuana edibles. “From there, we were able to grow through our relationships and get a contract for the very first Chong’s Choice pre-rolls”, she said. “But that was back in the 215 times”.

Prop 215 was a law passed in 1996 that made California the first state to allow the distribution and use of medical marijuana with a doctor’s referral. Prop 215 was replaced by Prop 64 in November of 2016 allowing recreational sale and use of marijuana, according to California Department of Justice.

Prop 64 put a damper on Davis and her fellow cannabis growing friends. After 2016 weed was a regulated and controlled substance among the state of California, which put an end to many of Davis’s favorite activities surrounding the weed industry.

Operation EVAC (Educating Veterans About Cannabis) is an organization that educates veterans on how marijuana can help veterans through personal growth, healing and community service, according to opevac.org.

Before Prop 64 Davis was heavily involved and donated much of her time and crop yield to Operation EVAC veterans. Davis and her local growers would also donate 10% of their plants to local medicinal marijuana shops. After 2016 weed could no longer be gifted or donated; only sold, she said.

Davis faced a new obstacle because all her clients were bind through medical contracts and after Prop 64 recreational use meant she would have to buy shelf space in a retail shop. She tried to get her product on local shelfs, but some shops were asking for a $10,000 deposit, she said. “Some stores around here have five-year contracts with people, so it’s a really competitive business to get into”, she said.

California had more recreational marijuana sales in 2019 than any other marijuana market in the world, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Fortunately, for Davis, Cali Distribution Inc made her an offer to buy most of her plants and because of the strict marijuana laws in California, Davis had to stay on as a member of the board, she said. “You don’t enter the industry for the money, I mean there is a little money to be made, but the real beauty is in the plant”.

“Dyana has always been so natural and ‘hempy’ that I wasn’t surprised when she told me about her new career and after her deal with Chong, I knew she was doing it professionally”, Micayla Hamilton one of Dyana’s five sisters said.

Dyana showed a lot of signs that she might grow up to work in the marijuana industry, when she was eight years old she wanted to wear her hair in dread locks and she would walk around the house naked and if any of her siblings told her to put some clothes on she would say, “What? It’s only natural”, Jeanine Dias mother of Dyana said.

Davis is still a member on the board of California Distribution Inc and is in the final stages of a deal with Tyson Farms, Mike Tyson’s cannabis company. She is also nearing a deal with ‘Hempathy’, a CBD product line set to hit the floors of Costco within weeks.

“I’m riding my horse through my 15-acre farm, my kids are happy and that’s when I’m like okay, I did it”, Davis said.