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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Buzz Elliott (Inducted 1998)

Buzz Elliot Biography from the Hall of Fame Sports Luncheon, July 24, 1998.
      Joseph (Buzz) Elliott was a standout athlete at Fergus Falls High School and at the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks. He was also a member of the McDill Air Force basketball team in Florida.
      In high school Elliott earned four varsity letters in basketball, four in track, two in baseball, and one in football.
      In basketball he was a Minn-Kota all-conference selection in both 1946 and 1947 and made all-district teams the same years.
      Elliott excelled in track, competing in the shot put, discus, and high jump, setting numerous records at Fergus Falls High School. His shot put record of 50 feet 5 inches stood until 1967 when the record was broken by Jerry Skogmo.
      There was no varsity baseball during World War II and after the war (1946 and 1947) Elliott lettered while playing in several capacities-pitcher, shortstop, and first baseman. The Otters won the District 23 baseball title in 1947.
      At the University of North Dakota Elliott received a four-year scholarship for basketball and track. In basketball he was a first-team starter and in 1951 was selected to play on the North Dakota college all-star team. He earned four letters in track at UND, participating in shot put, discus, high jump, and dashes.
      In the early 1970s Elliott was responsible for initiating and raising funds for the Bud Kilde Award, given annually to the outstanding basketball player at Fergus Falls High School. The award is named for Elliott's friend Bud Kilde who died at a young age.
      Elliott, who has worked in the insurance business, currently resides in Omaha, Nebraska. He and his wife Bev have four children, Marti, Gregg, Jeff, and Jodee.
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