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The handshake: Mr. K-State still going strong at 89


MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Everyone should shake hands with Ernie Barrett once in their life.

Seriously. If you haven't met him before, you're missing out.

The 89-year old former Kansas State basketball player, athletic director and fundraiser who long ago earned the nickname "Mr. K-State" makes a lasting impression every time he extends his right hand.

The greeting begins with a squeeze. And not just any squeeze. One of the tightest on this planet. It can be painful. Then he pulls you close and stares deep into your eyes while he says hello. If he really likes you, he will finish off the exc...

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