Monday, October 28, 2013

the first page

Every story & journey has a beginning.  This one started with a framed picture in my bookcase - a picture of the 1937 Versailles Frenchies boy's basketball team. My father is in the left corner of this photo, the team manager.  That is all I know about the image.  I don't know where they played or what their record was, don't know the names of the players or what became of them.  What I do know is that they played high school basketball in Indiana.  Along with thousands of other boys & girls they were a part of a cultural phenomenon that has lasted more than 100 years.  To understand a little of this history, my friend & fellow photographer Michael Keating and I have begun a journey to document some of the places where high school basketball has lived.  And, what we have already discovered is that with every gymnasium comes a wealth of stories.  We plan to share some of those with you.  To help you know who is posting the vignette, we will end with our initials - CGS or MEK.  You will also be able to follow us on facebook @ "Hoosier Hardwood".

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