Monthly Archives: September 2014

Collecting, Tales and Failed Plans

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Sid Gillman and I during our first meeting and interview in 1998.

Our community newspaper, The La Mesa Courier, recently interviewed me for an article about the AFL and my collection.  You can find it HERE.


Oakland Raider Don Manoukian Passes

Don Manoukian, an original Oakland Raider, and later professional wrestler, died Tuesday at the age of 80.  A full obituary can be found HERE.

The AFL’s Recent Passings

My least favorite part of writing Tales from the AFL posts is when I pass along the information on a recently-deceased player.  Sadly, four former AFL’ers passed away during my Summer hiatus, and I would be negligent if I did not inform our readers about them.  Three were members of original AFL teams, while the fourth played in the era after an agreement had been made to merge the leagues. read more

Hey Tales, Where Have You Been?

As many of you have noticed, it has been quite some time since I last posted a story to Tales from the American Football League.  Several readers emailed, asking if I was all right, and hoping that I would get back to writing about our favorite professional football league.  I am fine.  My health is great, as is everyone’s in my family.  There were some extenuating circumstances that kept me from writing. read more