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David Sloan

Lane High School

David Sloan: Nobody on the team.  No one on the team.  Even if they were overtly racist, never an issue.

Phyllis Leffler: And why was that?  Was it the coach’s attitude?

David Sloan: I think it was partly just that we were all suffering under the same coaches.  It was hard playing football for Tommy Theodose and Joe Bingler.  There was nothing easy about it.  And so, there was a certain level of respect no matter what your color, no matter what denomination church you went to, no matter what your ethnicity was.  And again, I don’t spend a lot of time thinking about it, but most of the Black guys that I recall from Lane High School were good.  They played.  There weren’t a lot of benchwarmers.