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

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

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

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 | Comments Off on Welcome Home Greek: A Vietnam War Story

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 | Comments Off on Oakland City College’s Paul Johnson: The School’s Forgotten High School Basketball Coach

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

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

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 | Comments Off on Finding Jonas Pierce: An Adventure in Family History and Genealogy

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 | Comments Off on The Church League Basketball Player from Mt. Vernon, Illinois: The Lee Yearwood Story

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 | Comments Off on Has Anyone Seen my Medals: How I Honored the Greatest Generation

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 | Comments Off on “Stride, set, shoot”: A Story of Merle McRaven

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

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