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This Tiger’s Tale

By Fran Angeline ’56, Brundage Publishing, Binghamton, NY, 1997.

by Bob Deming ’57

If you have ever been involved in New York State Southern Tier high school football as a player, coach or fan, This Tiger’s Tale is a must-read. Fran Angeline’s Tale explores the various aspects of his coaching philosophy and career. His football innovations, technical strategies and motivational techniques, combined with his formula for the good life, reflect the concept that to be a good coach, you must be a good teacher.

If you enjoy football, you will have a chronological bible covering 36 years of Southern Tier football conference affiliations, with all the inferences and implications involved in building and/or sustaining a solid football program. You will also benefit from the insight into the making of a successful head coach, mentor, father and friend.

If you appreciate tradition, anecdotes and clichés, you will appreciate the first-person style of writing and the subject matter. And if you played for, coached with, or coached against Fran, read on.

However, if you understand the need/desire to eat, but also appreciate good nutritional habits, do not bother reading this book. On the other hand, some appropriate references are made to gourmet Italian restaurants in upstate New York.

I personally enjoyed the book, since it lined up with my career as a college player, assistant football coach, head coach and administrator in New York State. I played with a number of players who were referenced, coached a number of players who were noted, and, as an administrator, observed an even greater number as players, coaches and personal friends.

Also, I personally benefitted from Fran’s on-the-field prowess and gained an appreciation for his skill level and leadership qualities. He was captain of the Colgate team when I was a junior and a teammate as a sophomore. I also benefitted from Fran’s obvious coaching qualities. He first coached as a graduate assistant at Colgate when I was a senior. Part of his football coaching duties involved preparing the freshman team to run the varsity opponents offense and defense against the varsity in practice. I also knew the advantage I gained when his former QB Mick Murtha quarterbacked my team at Buffalo in my first year as head coach.

The book made me better understand the "solid citizens," fun loving, intense student-athletes I played with. It also gave me a better perspective on why so many of his players lived up to "his expectations."

The subtle style of writing baited one with potential reference material, which allowed information covered in later chapters to "hit home." And if you get part-way through this book and do not realize "the dog with the bone is always in danger," you have missed something.

Particular insight is gained by reference sources outside the coaching field. As an example, John Fox, sports editor of the Bingham-ton Press and Sun Bulletin, in response to the USA Today football gurus’ absence of respect for Southern Tier football in their rankings, makes the case for including Union-Endicott in the "super 25." And respect was apparent, since U-E broke into the rankings directly thereafter.

Fran Angeline was a well-known and respected son-player-teammate-teacher-coach-father and friend before he wrote this book. But, when you finish reading it, you will know the rest of the tale.

This Tiger’s Tale can be ordered by calling 607-723-9535.


I’m Going to Have a Little House

By Carolina Maria de Jesus, translated by Robert Levine ’62, University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln, NE, 1997. 175 pp.

"In August 1960 the publication of Quarto de Despejo (Child of the Dark) created a sensation in Brazil — and later in the rest of the world, as it appeared in translations in 14 languages. That diary of a poor black woman from a favela on the outskirts of São Paulo became the best-selling book in Brazilian history . . . I’m Going to Have a Little House is de Jesus’ second diary. It covers the first year following her rise to fame. In it she recounts her struggles with celebrity, middle-class expectations and the racial and social tensions her success had exacerbated." From the jacket blurb.

Writes Levine in the Afterword: A Fish Out of Water, "This second diary recounts Carolina’s journey out of obscurity into the harsh light of celebrity. To a man who tells her that she ‘came out of hell and now is in heaven’ she retorts that he’s mistaken; she’s in purgatory. Still, her early entries are filled with wonder and optimism . . . Quickly, however, reality intrudes. Disappointments plague her, and she begins to retreat behind a wall of ironic observations, no longer trusting and cheerful as she was in the first days of her fame."

According to Helen

By Florence Wallin, Pine Tree Press, Inc., Alexander, NC, 1997. 386 pp.

Florence Wallin, widow of former acting president and dean of the faculty Franklin Wallin, tells in her novel According to Helen the story of struggles, clashing cultures and the fascinating ties with Paris from the queen’s point of view.

The Wallins spent years in the Aegean world while living aboard their sloop, and Florence visited "the archaic sites where cyclopean walls stand guard over Helen’s ageless charm."

Writes P. B. Parris: ". . . The novel is astonishing, so evocative and exciting, bringing Helen to life as a complex and appealing human being as well as the mythical ideal of a beautiful and intelligent woman."


Collected Works of Professor Chi-ming Hou

Chung-Hua Institution for Economic Research, Taipei, 1997. Six volumes.

The late Professor Chi-ming Hou was an academic activist and a man of vision who became synonymous with modern Chinese economic history. His work, collected in six handsome volumes, is far-reaching and in-depth. The volumes include his papers, books and articles and editorials from Chinese newspapers, magazines and The China Post.

Writes S. C. Tsiang in the Preface: "In order to set a shining example for our younger economists to emulate as well as for the purpose of record, we hereby publish this collection of Professor Hou’s writings for the benefit of the future."

Single volumes or the entire set maybe ordered through the Colgate economics department by calling 315-824-7533.