The Voice of the Gophers has collected a huge amount of sports memorabilia in his career with sports.
Dick Jonckowski calls himself the voice of the Gophers. He has been the public address announcer for men's basketball for the past 26 years and it is his 24th year with the baseball team. He has also spent 10 years as the PA announcer for Gophers football.
His passion for sports, according to the Minnesota Daily, can be seen in his basement. His basement has so much memorabilia that it could be described as a museum.
Nearly every square inch of his Shakopee house is covered with memorabilia. There is only one corner that doesn't match the pattern.
"He gives me credit and tells me the washer and dryer and the sewing machine are mine," said Arlene Jonckowski, Dick's wife of 46 years in a Minnesota Daily Article.
Besides that, the rest of the basement has bats, bobblehead dolls, jerseys, game programs, photos, banners, figurines, helmets, hockey sticks, and more memorabilia, according to the Minnesota Daily.
There is so much memorabilia, that their grown son's room has been converted to an extension of this museum. According to the Minnesota Daily, colorful pennants are on the ceiling, hundreds of bobble head dolls line the walls and the ceiling fan has sports logos as well.
For Jonckowski's 60th birthday, his wife and son gave him a bust of his head. Mrs. Jonckowski believes it took 10 months to complete.
"He loves himself so much that I figured what better way to keep yourself than to be able to look at yourself and to see the likeness of yourself, every day, day after day, and be overcome with it," she said to the Minnesota Daily.