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Junior Achievement 2011 Wichita Business Hall of Fame offered humorous and poignant moments

Oleksandra and Phil Ruffin greeted Richard Smith and his wife, Sondra Langel, at the Junior Achievement 2011 Wichita Business Hall of Fame dinner Tuesday. WICHITA — The Junior Achievement 2011 Wichita Business Hall of Fame dinner Tuesday offered an entertaining evening full of poignant and funny moments.

Emcee Susan Peters of KAKE, Channel 10, started with words of wisdom for business people who might like to be inducted in the future.

"If you would like to be honored, you should be on your best behavior," she advised.

Jim Farha spoke on behalf of himself and his brother, fellow inductee George Farha. The Lebanese immigrants are both physicians.

"We love this great country," Farha said. "Without being political, we believe that America is truly an exceptional nation, and we are very grateful for the opportunities that we have been afforded."

Phillip Ruffin Jr. introduced his father, inductee Phil Ruffin Sr., whom he noted was a grand state wrestling champion while at North High School.

"And this is something we hear about almost on a daily basis," said the younger Ruffin.

He noted the win was back when there weren't different divisions, meaning the then 147-pound Ruffin had to wrestle everyone in his weight class.

"He whooped 'em all."

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