Coach Rick Reeves, and a life in basketball!

November 20th, 2017

Coach Rick Reeves spends over an hour with us keeping the nostalgia alive! Coach Reeves was a Garrett Railroader, who went on and had a long and outstanding coaching career in both Michigan and Indiana. This will also be his 18th year on the Purdue Boilermaker scorers table! 

He coached in both MI and IN high school state tournaments and won at the Regional level in both states which put my team in the Indiana Semi-state and the MI quarter-finals of which both were played at collegiate arenas. 
 While in MI, his Reed City HS Coyotes played in the State Finals in 1982 on the floor of Crisler Arena,
 Ann Arbor(home of U. of MI Wolverines basketball)
 and while at West Lafayette HS in Indiana, he coached played in the 1989 semi-state at Mackey Arena, home of the Purdue Boilermakers,
 
He was able to coach great kids at two collegiate(Big Ten venues) in  two different states in that state's high school boys basketball tournament at the level of Semi-state or beyond. Not that many are that fortunate to be able to coach/play in those collegiate venues. Sit back, relax, share, and enjoy! Once again if you'd like to become a contributor or patron to our show and would like to donate.....Go to our page and do so today! Billy - Kepingthenostalgiaalive.podbean.com
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Author Christian Porter discusses his new book “Those Were The Days - A Small Town, A Wild Coach and Indiana Basketball”

October 27th, 2017

This author is passionate at age 23, I thought I was passionate just shy of 50! I just ordered mine on Amazon, please do the same...Don't get Dad of Grandpa a tie for his birthday or holidays get him this book...

 

No one in this world plays the game of basketball quite like the people of Indiana. The game has brought communities together for over a century. From 1945 to 1965 is arguably the "Golden Age" of Indiana High School hoops. Many big schools dominated the game at this time, but in rare circumstances, a small school would sneak in and steal some thunder. In between 1959 and 1961, the Union Township Tigers of southeastern LaPorte County did just that. Union Township High School was not like most small rural schools in Indiana. It rested in the shadow of the 13,000 acres Kingsbury Ordnance Plant built for WWII in 1938. The government built the town of Kingsford Heights sprung up within the township in 1940. Over 1,000 people moved there in just a few years."The Heights" was unique. There were white kids and black kids growing up together in the midst of the Civil Rights Movement. These kids grew up with Union Township's charismatic coach who saw no skin color and coached unlike any other. This earned him the notorious nickname of "Wild" Bill Yates. Those Were The Days is a creative nonfiction narrative based on the real players, coaches and games that made up this exciting time and place in Indiana Basketball.

 

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Indiana High School Basketball, Coach Butcher, Coach Biggs, and the Loogootee Lions!

October 25th, 2017

Coach Keevin Biggs has a passion for the game, and with a passion for Indiana high school basketball why not coach with a legend?He sat on the bench as Coach Butchers right-hand man for 13 years! He also had a chance with Coach Butcher to coach against some of the best coaches in Indiana: Jim Jones at French Lick, Guy Glover at Bloomfield, Joe Todrank at Barr-Reeve, Gunner Wyman & Gene Miller at Vincennes, Charlie Denbo at Orleans, Danny Bush at Bedford, J R Holmes at Mitchell & Bloomington South, Stan Neal at Washington,Tom Beach at Forest Park, and many more. Coach Biggs worked several weeks of summer camp for several years for Gene Keady at Purdue. His summer program was operated by Bruce Weber, who went on to Illinois, etc. Coach Biggs would usually see Bob Knight come to watch a time or two, each year when they played Bloomington North, or he was scouting someone. He would usually stop by the dressing room and say, "Hello" to Jack. His son, Ryan went to camps for several years at IU, Purdue, and to the camp, Larry Bird & Jim Jones had at French Lick with several sons of Celtic players. Ryan was also in the "Small Town" video, made by John Mellencamp at IU. Coach Biggs tells all in this interview, a detailed look back at the amazing tradition and history of Loogootee High School Basketball! He also chats about both the legend that is Coach Jack Butcher and how his son Bill Butcher has all that's necessary to be inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame alongside his Father! Enjoy this interview and for others go to Keepingthenostalgiaalive.podbean.com and listen to our huge library of shows! Please while you're there help us keep keeping the nostalgia alive and donate to keep our program on the air!
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Coach Jim Jones - an Interview - From Oolitic to the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame!

September 11th, 2017

Coach Jim Jones shares his story of a 45 plus year career of coaching Indiana High School Basketball! Stories of Larry Bird, rivalries, and the passion that is basketball in the state of Indiana....With 680 victories Coach Jones, who was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002 is outstanding in keeping the nostalgia alive! Please check out our sponsor Thedunkcollection.com, and if you'd like to be a supporter of our show - please donate and become a patron... This is our first show since Hurricane Harvey, I have a passion for the game.....Please listen, share, and enjoy!!! Billy

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A fun interview with the Big Mac - George McGinnis!

August 4th, 2017

Did this interview before his induction into the National Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield! Well deserved - sit back relax, share, and enjoy!

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Coach Gene Keady - an interview

August 4th, 2017

I was nervous, but rightfully so, what a legend! Sit back, relax, and enjoy! Check out our library of shows at keepingthenostalgiaalive.podean.com... Help support our efforts become a patron......

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Happy 85th Birthday Bobby “Slick” Leonard - This is an interview with a Legend!

July 17th, 2017

Hoosier born and raised - sit back relax and listen to Slick spin his stories of how basketball has been so very good to him!

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Coach Alan Darner and his family of basketball! Coach Darner shares his story of the game!

June 28th, 2017

A great interview with the Patriarch of the Darner Basketball Family! Coach Alan Darner shares his story of growing up and coaching in Ohio, his trek to coaching in Indiana, and his families love affair with the game of basketball! With over 400 high school basketball victories a must listen! We did have a couple of technical difficulties within the interview, after the interview, I found out my wife disabled the power from the studio... But she plugged us back in and the interview was amazing! You'll laugh, be entertained, and learn from this interview with Coach Darner. Winner of two Indiana High School Boys State Championships with the Pike Red Devils, Coach tells his story of the game of basketball like your reading a book! Don't forget to check out our library of shows @keepingthenostalgiaalive.podbean.com and if you'd like to donate and become a patron of our work please do so at the same site your listening to this on! 

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Counsel for the Retired ABA Basketball players Steven Hart and Bob Netolicky discuss the Plight of the 149 remaining ABA players and them getting the proper Pension and Benefits!

May 17th, 2017

The NBA has dropped the ball on taking care of those who changed the game - The ABA! Take a listen to how the NBA doesn't want to take care of those who made the NBA what it is today! Also, click the link below to read the Petition sent to the NBA and the link below that is an outstanding article by Gregg Doyel of the Indianapolis Star on the plight of this retired American Basketball Association players. I'm very passionate about this issue and hope you'll show your support to a public outcry for the NBA an 8 Billion dollar industry to fix this situation....  

 

http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/columnists/gregg-doyel/2017/05/13/doyel-nba-can-do-right-aba-pioneers/319446001/

 

 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B82n3e_6IndSU2toTW1PaUNsX0k/view

 

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College All-Americans and ABA Champions Cannon and Netolicky discuss the ABA Pension Crisis!!

May 17th, 2017

La Salle Explorer and ABA Champion Larry Cannon and ABA Champion Bob Netolicky join us to discuss the plight of the retired ABA basketball player...... There are only 149 left...... We Lost George Irvine and Skeeter Harley Swift just recently...

 

The ABA players from the past have been left behind by the NBA! The ABA (American Basketball Association) turned the NBA into the success it is today. $60 per year of service for pension, so if you played three years, that's $180 per month for your pension! I don't know about you but that doesn't cover very much! The NBA gets $2,000 per year of service! This is wrong, listen to an abbreviated oral version of the petition that was sent to the NBA April 5, 2017. As of today May 15th the NBA responded that they were not interested in helping these players. there are 149 ABA players left who are in bad health and poor financial situations! The NBA has dropped the ball! Remember the NBA Motto "NBA Cares"? About what????? Spread the word the NBA is wrong in not to help the ones who changed the game! Below is an article was written by Gregg Doyel from the Indianapolis Star concerning these left behind players and below that click the other link for the full document of the Petition for benefits!

http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/...

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B82n...

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