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I was there - Reflections on the ML King visit to ONU in 1968

Three months later he was shot dead in Memphis

By Monty Siekerman
Having heard many speakers in more than 50 years of reporting, I can say none come close to the oratory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. when he spoke for 40 minutes in Taft Gym. I've heard no other speaker compare to his well thought out speech, a man with charisma, keeping his audience spellbound.

A rehearing of his talk of Jan. 11, 1968, which was posted on the Ada Icon Monday in observance of the national holiday, brought these reflections to mind:

1. The civil rights leader took a middle ground saying that yes, advances had been made but there was more to accomplish.

Reflections on the King visit to ONU

Having heard many speakers in more than 50 years of reporting, I can say none come close to the oratory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. when he spoke for 40 minutes in Taft Gym. I've heard no other speaker compare to his well thought out speech, a man with charisma, keeping his audience spellbound.
A rehearing of his talk of Jan. 11, 1968, which was posted on the Ada Icon Monday in observance of the national holiday, brought these reflections to mind:
1. The civil rights leader took a middle ground saying that yes, advances had been made but there was more to accomplish.

Observations, insights and sightings: Want to live longer?

Things I’ve learned and you might want to consider

By Monty Siekerman

A review: All in all, Saturday's performance was superb

It was a fabulous ONU Holiday Spectacular performance

Story and photos by Monty Siekerman
Light snow fell as theatre-goers entered the Freed Center on Saturday afternoon, giving a true holiday spirit to a fabulous ONU Holiday Spectacular performance.

A full house of patrons smiled and clapped throughout the 90-minute show.

MORE PHOTOS AT BOTTOM OF STORY -

The four local performances are over, but tickets can be purchased at the Freed Center and Lima Civic Center box offices and at Kewpee Restaurants for the shows in Lima on Friday, Dec. 2, through Sunday, Dec. 4. Curtain times are 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 2; 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 3; and 2 p.m. on Dec. 4.

A personal reflection on the life and legacy of Darren Scott

With a lump in my throat and a tear in my eye I attended the ribbon cutting

By Monty Siekerman

With a lump in my throat and a tear in my eye, I attended the ribbon cutting ceremony Sunday of the refurbished Darren Scott wrestling room at ONU's King Horn Center.

As longtime wrestling coach Ron Beaschler, said, "Darren's positive influence on people continues today."

Darren is the first person to win a national championship in university history.

He was the NCAA national wrestling champ in the 134 weight class in 1987. But, hard to believe, his continued influence on people is more of a testament to the man than his outstanding athletic ability and accomplishments.

Small town fall festivals

- it's all part of what makes America great

By Monty Siekerman
Festival---Downtown Ada, 6 a.m.
Many in the Village awoke early on Harvest and Herb Fest morning Saturday to prepare for the day, rain or shine.

Small showers, early on, did not keep food trucks and booth builders away. Main Street was a beehive of activity long before the sun shone.

Detour signs and barricades were up blocking traffic to all, except those who had work in the heart of town to do.

Giant pots of Amherst mums were neatly lined up in front of Hays Insurance. Usually they are sold out by 11 a.m.

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