'Cheese' to be featured at alumni breakfast
7:00:55 AM CDT - Thursday, October 07, 2004
By Chase Willhite
To measure just how popular Lynbert "Cheese" Johnson was during his Wichita State basketball career, one needs to look no further than a program from his senior year that featured the catch phrase "When you come to Wichita, just bring the wine — we already have the Cheese."
Although there won't be any wine, Cheese will be on the menu of the second installment of the WSU Alumni Association Rise & Shine 8th annual Distinguished Alumni Breakfast Series.
Johnson will be the featured speaker at the event, which starts at 7:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 15, at the Olive Tree Banquet Hall, 2949 N. Rock Road.
As a four-year starter for the Shockers from 1975-1979, Johnson led the team in scoring three times and rebounding twice. After being named Newcomer of the Year for the Missouri Valley Conference in 1976, he was a two-time first-team All-Missouri Valley selection in 1977 and 1979.
During his time in the Missouri Valley, Johnson is remembered for his battles with Indiana State and future Boston Celtics star Larry Bird.
Like Bird, Johnson also made it to basketball's professional ranks, playing part of the 1980 season for the Golden State Warriors. His professional career also included stops at numerous European leagues.
However, Johnson's professional success didn't end after he left the game. Once his time on the court ended, Johnson went on to excel in a career as an educator and business manager.
Generally regarded as one of the most popular athletes in WSU history, Johnson was inducted into the Shocker Sports Hall of Fame in 1986.
Tickets are $15 per person and $10 for WSU students. Tickets can be ordered online at http://www.wichita.edu/alumni. For more information or to make reservations by phone, call the WSU Alumni Association at 978-7263. Advance reservations are due by Wednesday, Oct. 13.
Upcoming speakers in the breakfast series are Larry Jones, business executive and retired Coleman Co. chairman of the board, on Tuesday, Nov. 16; Emily Weiss, animal behaviorist and owner of Emily Weiss Consulting, on Thursday, Jan. 20; Greg Carney, former Shocker basketball player, deputy assessor for administration and executive director of the Cook County Assessor's Office in Chicago,on Thursday, March 24; and Stan Schaefer, deputy chief of NASA's Systems Division at Houston's Johnson Space Center, on Tuesday, April 26.