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William Hampton was born in 1948 in Tyler, Texas, and his grandmother was the midwife. He remembers attending church revival picnics, the Texas Rose Festival, and the Juneteenth parade in his hometown. While attending college in Arlington, Texas, he was active in the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. He went on to launch a Section 8 subsidized housing program in Arlington and in Ann Arbor, where he worked in the community development office. Mr. Hampton has been president of the Ann Arbor chapter of the NAACP since 2005.
Ann Arbor News, June 10, 1984
Huron's David Margolis deserved a place to lean on after blasting two home runs in the opener.
Author and former University vice-president, Shirley W. Smith, embeds a baseball in wet cement at the "author's premiere" in front of the Michigan Theater, May 1949
Ann Arbor News, May 8, 1949
SET FOR "SINKER" BALL: The "sinker" is a valuable pitch in a Major League hurler's repertoire, and Shirley W. Smith used a slight variation last night to embed an autographed baseball in a block of wet concrete. The ceremony was part of festivities at the "author's premiere" of a motion picture based on a story by Smith with a baseball background. Scriptwriter Valentine Davies, who adopted Smith's story for the screen, had previously enslabbed another ball (left) for posterity. The footprint in the cement was made "accidental" (so he said) by Attorney George J. Burke, who acted as master of ceremonies at the premiere.