Few outrages in crime-ridden New York City have received more attention than the killing of Brian Watkins, the young man from Provo, Utah, who was stabbed to death while trying to protect his mother from a mugging attack in a subway.
Likewise, few proposals for honoring Brian and keeping alive his memory are more appropriate than the one being suggested by The National, a daily newspaper devoted exclusively to sports.Its suggestion: That the United States Tennis Association and the city of New York get together and dedicate the grandstand court at Flushing Meadow to Brian Watkins.
The Watkins family, after all, regularly visited New York City at the end of each summer because they loved to go to the U.S. Open tennis tournament. Brian himself was a good college player. He and his family were devoted tennis fans. At the time of the attack in the subway, they were in New York to attend the U.S. Open.
In the words of The National, "Let us see next year, at the U.S. Open, a plaque that says: `The Brian Watkins Grandstand Court.' Let us stand to salute him then and remember him every time we see a match there."
Good idea. An even better memorial to Brian, however, would be whatever action it takes to make New York City's streets and subways safer for visitors and permanent residents alike. But that will take a massive effort. Meanwhile, the proposed plaque would be an appropriate expression of care and concern.