I Felt Like I had Gone to Heaven: A Story About the Webs that Connect us.

By Randy Mills | May 25, 2021 | 0 Comments

In my book, An Almost Perfect Season, I make the case that the 1960s era was a golden age of…

Respectable Teams and National Scoring Records: The Story of Bill Spradley and Pre-WWII Oakland City College Sports

By Randy Mills | May 13, 2021 | 0 Comments

Pre-WWII football and basketball at Oakland City College started and ended with grim events. The Great Depression was one bookend.…

Welcome Home Greek: A Vietnam War Story

By Randy Mills | May 7, 2021 | 0 Comments

Fifty-one years ago today, May 7, 1970, twenty-one young American soldiers of 2nd platoon, Delta Company of the `101st Airborne,…

Oakland City College’s Paul Johnson: The School’s Forgotten High School Basketball Coach

By Randy Mills | April 28, 2021 | 0 Comments

Over the years, Oakland City College/University has sent hundreds of basketball coaches out into the high school ranks. These graduates…

Oakland City College Basketball Team’s Brush with the Amazing Clarence “Bevo” Francis

By Randy Mills | April 24, 2021 | 0 Comments

Seventy years ago, Clarence Bevo Francis appeared out of nowhere, instantly capturing the complete attention of the world of college…

Heroes Come in All Sizes: The Story of Jasper Indiana’s Valiant Little Tailor

By Randy Mills | April 19, 2021 | 0 Comments

The outlaw is perhaps the most distinctive of American folk types and, oddly enough, seems of more interest to the…

Finding Jonas Pierce: An Adventure in Family History and Genealogy

By Randy Mills | February 27, 2021 | 0 Comments

Family genealogy, at its best, teaches about life at the daily level. Unfortunately, digging up information about ancestors of more…

The Church League Basketball Player from Mt. Vernon, Illinois: The Lee Yearwood Story

By Randy Mills | February 16, 2021 | 0 Comments

Mt. Vernon High School in Illinois has a long tradition of basketball successes, but one story in particular about a…

Has Anyone Seen my Medals: How I Honored the Greatest Generation

By Randy Mills | February 9, 2021 | 0 Comments

They answered the call to help save the world from the two most powerful and ruthless war machines ever. —Tom…

“Stride, set, shoot”: A Story of Merle McRaven

By Randy Mills | January 28, 2021 | 0 Comments

The important teachers in my life were not only in school, they were everywhere. Some of their essential teachings, however,…

Held in High Esteem: The True Story of Two Midwest Outlaw Brothers who came to Hide in the Horse Creek Region of Southern Illinois.

By Randy Mills | January 10, 2021 | 0 Comments

There is at least one unconfirmed story out there about Jesse James and his gang spending time in Farrington Township…

My Blow-Out Team: A Story about Oakland City College Intramural Basketball in the Early 1970s

By Randy Mills | January 7, 2021 | 0 Comments

Intramural sports have long played an important but under-recognized role down through the years in the Oakland City College/University culture.…