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AACHM Oral History: Harold Simons

Sun, 11/08/2020 - 9:25am

Harold Simons

Harold Simons was born in 1946 and he grew up in Ann Arbor. He was inspired by Jones School teacher Harry Mial to become a teacher and coach. A standout basketball player for Ann Arbor High, he went on to play at Eastern Michigan University. He was the freshman basketball coach there before becoming head coach at Huron High for 20 years. Mr. Simons reflects on race relations and generational differences in Ann Arbor. He and his wife Ethel have been married for 53 years.

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1967-68 Captain Harold Simons

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The Simons Family

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Brad Soucie and Javon Hurston Practice for Parkridge Basketball League, March 1986

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Ypsilanti Press, March 27, 1988
Practice makes perfect Javon Hurston gets a lesson in defense from Eastern Michigan University forward Brad Soucie at Old Ypsilanti High School Saturday. The youngster was one of the 53 area fifth and sixth graders who participated in an eight-week basketball program sponsored by Parkridge Community Center. Soucie, who etched his name in the NCAA record books with eight 3-point baskets in a recent tournament game against Pittsburgh, helped officiate the league's championship game and spoke to the players about the role of sports in their lives. Afterward, Soucie dazzled everyone with his long-range shooting ability. This is the first year for the basketball program, which included five girl players, and according to Parkridge Director Ken Miller, owes its success to the contributions of several adult volunteers.
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Legacies Project Oral History: Webster Kirksey

Tue, 12/10/2019 - 11:00am

Web Kirksey was born in 1933 in Saginaw, Michigan. His father worked at a Chevrolet factory and his mother ran a beauty shop in their home. He was a star basketball player in high school and was recruited to play for Eastern Michigan University. Kirksey got a master’s degree in special education and taught for the majority of his career at W.J. Maxey Boys’ Training School in Whitmore Lake. In 1978 he was inducted into Eastern Michigan University Athletic Hall of Fame. 

Web Kirksey was interviewed by students from Skyline High School in Ann Arbor in 2018 as part of the Legacies Project.