Then came the junior year when he and Bristol conceived the child we know as Tripp, but I'm rushing things.
In late 2007 and early 2008, Levi Johnston was making a name for himself on the ice and, age-appropriately, he began to think about how he was going to get into college. Even an athlete with a scholarship needed sufficient grades to get in. His dad had been scouted in high school for football, and World Hockey League scouts were already checking out Levi. Life could be good if he could get the grades. Never the serious student, he says he decided to buckle down and get good grades so he'd be able to play college hockey.
It was a good year. In spite of having a cracked tibia, he played and scored the only points in the last game of the 2007-2008 season in spite of playing with a cracked tibia.
You know, I'm a skeptic. I had to see if this checked out, so I got into the archives of the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman. As far back as February 2005 I was finding praise for Levi Johnston in the sports reports. He really was a hockey phenom. Here's what they said about the last game of the 2007-2008 season:
(Hmmm, what would Bristol think of those plans? How would that get her out of the home life she wanted to escape? She could have other plans. Never have known a Palin kid to value college. Just sayin'.)
The purpose of my internet research was to give us Trig-Truthers more clues to when Tripp was conceived. I am among those who think we've been lied to as much about Tripp as about Trig.
Here is a parallel story to demonstrate why this jumped out at me. Two weeks ago, a young man that I'm going to call Rob, shared with me his own story that had similarities to Levi's. Eleven years ago, Rob was in college. A talented artist, he had plans to study abroad in his next semester. Paris. It was a dream about to come true. Then, on a Saturday night, he got a call from his then-girlfriend. She was pregnant. It was his.
Though it's been eleven years since Rob got that call, he remembers the day of the week, the time of day, the words they spoke and the thoughts he had. His future changed in the blink of an eye. He didn't go to Paris. He didn't finish school. His ten year old daughter is the apple of his eye, but he had to go to court to get shared parental rights. He is now a US veteran using his GI bill to continue his interrupted college studies after serving seven years in the military. It's not been easy, and the details are very clear in his mind. That is presented for you to consider Levi's statements.
I'm going to separate and put in bold, some statements so that they stand out. This is from pages 77 - 78 of Deer in the Headlights :
That past semester I had pulled a 3.8 GPA.
I’d been thinking more and more about the connection between good grades and a possible future in hockey. It had dawned on me that the next year college scouts would need to see that I could deal with not just sports, but academics, too. I kept my nose buried in the books as much as possible, thinking I could actually get an athletic scholarship. I wanted to play junior hockey and try to get into the Western Hockey League and then go pro. I had already been looked at by a WHL team. By the time I was nineteen, I would have been good enough to play for them, or the University of Alaska.
UA told me I just needed the grades. I’d gotten them.
I was thinking of talking to Bristol about all this when it hit me.
Everyone who has heard the story before, how and when Bristol and Levi found out she was pregnant, will already know he claims this was just before his eighteenth birthday, May 3rd. In fact, he says in the book that it was Thursday, May 1, 2008. But other things in the book contradict that timing, and as spelled out in a previous post of mine, which I link here. In that post, I also present the theory that Levi drops out of school in March, 2008.
I believe there is reason to support the theory that when he says May, he is talking about March, 2008. Here's what I learned from the internet:
February 9, 2008 Levi played the final game of the season with a cracked tibia.
Thursday, March 6, 2008, was the close of a quarter at Mat-Su Valley schools.
March 10-13 were vacation days from school.
Now, ask yourself, which THURSDAY is more likely to be the one when Levi was thinking about having a talk with Bristol about his future - his good grades, his hockey potential, and his college dreams. March 6, with it's combination of season close, 3.8 GPA, and an upcoming school vacation. Or May 1st, EIGHT WEEKS later?
I know what I think.
Did Levi go back to school after that mid-March vacation? Bristol, in her memoirs, claims Levi always dropped out right after hockey season. Maybe in 2008 he did, but was it what he wanted to do? I doubt it. He had hockey dreams and college dreams. He got benched by a girlfriend who stopped taking her birth control pills.
When was Tripp born? Not December, if any of this is on the mark.
Keep digging Truthers!