An Answer to a Prayer: Coach Charlie Trafton, Curt Gilstrap, and a Forgotten Era of Oakland City College Basketball

By Randy Mills | October 19, 2021 | 0 Comments

In the early morning hours of May 30, 1986, Oakland City College’s Student Memorial Gymnasium was destroyed by a fire…

A Seething Presence: My Boyhood Adventures in Haunted Houses

By Randy Mills | September 19, 2021 | 0 Comments

Of all my boyhood adventures in rural southern Illinois, nothing ever matched the experience of exploring, with my older brother,…

The Story of Our House

By Randy Mills | August 18, 2021 | 0 Comments

In the time of my early boyhood, my family and almost all our southern Illinois neighbors lived in farmhouses that…

“A Brilliant High School Basketball Career:” The Story of Alan Nass and the Huntingburg Happy Hunters

By Randy Mills | August 9, 2021 | 0 Comments

While Indiana has such a rich history of high school basketball, it is easy for many of the stories of…

The Story of our baby brother, Boo Boo, on his Birthday

By Roxanne Mills | July 28, 2021 | 0 Comments

Today is my little brother, Marty Mills’ 60th birthday. To celebrate this special event, I share this story of how…

As if by Magic: The Story of Young Larry Bird’s Explosion onto the Indiana High School Basketball Scene.

By Randy Mills | July 10, 2021 | 0 Comments

Stories of iconic American figures can often become stale, losing much of their meaning in their repeated tellings from generation…

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…