Taliaferro Reunion with Old Friend to be Featured on Friday’s ‘Today Show’

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BY MIKE LEONARD It started with a handshake — a handshake that neither man could possibly know would turn into a friendship of more than 70 years and a story that will be told on national television Friday, January 30, as an NBC Today Show Exclusive. The tale begins on a crisp, October evening in Gary, Indiana, where for the first time in history, all-white Horace Mann High School met all-black Gary Roosevelt High School in a varsity football game. Competition between segregated white and black schools had been prohibited until the Indiana High School Athletic Association lifted the ban for the 1944 season. Horace Mann won the game. But afterwards, a Mann lineman named Carl Beisecker made his way [...]

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How an IU Grad Student Helped Pete Seeger Write a Classic Song

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BY MIKE LEONARD “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?” has been described as one of the top political songs and top folk songs of all time and is closely associated with the life and legacy of its primary author, the late Pete Seeger. But it’s a little-known fact that two verses of the classic song were written in Bloomington by Joe Hickerson when he was a graduate student in folklore at Indiana University (click here to read the lyrics). Hickerson was an undergraduate at Oberlin College in the mid-1950s when he first heard Seeger perform the song, which was so new Seeger taped the lyrics to his microphone stand. Shortly afterward, the folk legend recorded what was then a three-verse [...]

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