The following is from the Oct. 6, 2007, edition of The Dallas Morning News
By BILL NICHOLS
The Dallas Morning News
UNIVERSITY PARK – It wasn't long after the runaway jet carrying golfer Payne Stewart and five others crashed into a South Dakota pasture. Millions had watched the event play out on TV, helpless and horrified.
Family friend Jon Brendle had picked up Stewart's two children from school. He sat in a rocking chair, crying with 10-year-old Aaron, trying to put the tragedy in perspective.
"I told him, 'It's our responsibility to let people know what your daddy did,' " said Brendle, a PGA Tour rules official who lived next door. "We've got to keep him alive in everybody's eyes."
Many remember where they were when news broke about the ghost plane on Oct. 25, 1999. Almost eight years later, Aaron Stewart is living in the shadow of his father's statue at SMU.
Aaron has begun his freshman season on the Hilltop 28 years after Payne won the Southwest Conference title and headed to the PGA Tour.
A late bloomer in golf, Aaron is working with renowned instructor Chuck Cook, Payne's longtime friend and coach.
Aaron has tried to fill the hole in his heart with knowledge about his larger-than-life dad.
The more he learns, the more determined he is to follow Payne's path.
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