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WLM | history COWBOYS: A World Class Documentary I By Kati Hime Images courtesy American Heritage Center – Svenson-Ludwig Collection, and Allen Johnson received a last-minute invitation to attend the opening of Cowboys: The Story of the 1943 World Championship Team in March of 2014 in Laramie. I hurriedly made dinner and childcare plans with Levi and rushed down to the theater, curious about this film that I was told was a must-see. As a long-time Wyoming Cowboys & Cowgirls Basketball fan + history nut, I was hooked – by the end of the night, I was leaving with my own DVD which I played immediately for Levi when I returned home! It took longer than I had hoped to cover this story and the film, produced by Allen Johnson and Kim Komenich, son of renowned 1943 team member Milo Komenich. If you’re a long-time Wyoming basketball fan like I am, you’ll remember names such as Fennis Dembo and Eric Leckner, Reginald Slater, Marcus Bailey and Theo Ratliff. Of course, many readers are going to scoff and say “Yeah, but she’s forgetting the other names… like Flynn Robinson, Charles Bradley, Tony Windis…” Of course, there’s one Wyoming name that is known the world over to basketball enthusiasts – Kenny Sailors, inventor of the jump shot, College Basketball Player of the Year 1943 and part of the 1943 Wyoming championship team. The University of Wyoming Cowboy Basketball team in 1943 not 46 Wyoming Lifestyle Magazine | Spring 2015