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October 09, 1987 - Image 50

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1987-10-09

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Congratulations

to Michigan photographer, MARDI SILK, who has recently won First Place and Color
Print of the Year for the 1987 International Color Print Competition. This annual
competition is sponsored by P.S.A. (Photographic Society of America.)

Ms. Silk also just won several Honorable Mentions in the Detroit International
Salon of Photography. In addition, she won a First Place Gold Medal in the color
print competition with 16 countries competing. All winning prints will be on display
at the Summit Place Mall in Pontiac from October 12-18.

Ms. Silk has recently completed a one-woman show displaying her photography
at the Fisher Building and New Center One Building during a three-week exhibit.
She- has won numerous awards in local, regional, state-wide, national, and
international competitions.

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FRIDAY, •QQT..-9, 1987 • -

Wizard

Continued from preceding page

watched the New York Celtics
play. Nobody knew the game
in the Midwest until they
came around."
In those days, Jewish
athletes were far from rare in
Detroit. "Jewish athletes
were in basketball. We played
at Hannah Schloss (Jewish
Center) before I got to high
school. We were state champs
in every division."
Although organized profes-
sional basketball was shat-
tered by the Depression in
1929, Schecter was part of a
travelling pro team, the Flint
Buicks, in the early 1930s.
The Buicks recruited top col-
legians from the Midwest and
played exhibitions in the
area.
Schecter's post-playing
career includes one year as
head coach at Annunciation
High School, a Detroit
Catholic school, plus some
amateur coaching with the
Parks-McMichaels team, a
Ford-dealership-sponsored
squad, in the late 1940s.
Schecter owned a small coal
company in the early 30s, but
it was sunk by the Depres-
sion. He got a full-time job at
the Times in 1934 and stayed
until the paper went out of
business in 1960. Schecter
was head of the mail room,
and had "about 100 men
working for me."
At age 55 he became a real
estate agent and worked un-
til his retirement in 1978.
He enjoys watching sports
on television and, although
his eyesight is bad, he still
knows a blunder when he
sees it. A mention of modern
pro basketball reminds him of
Game 6 in last spring's
Pistons-Celtics playoff series,
when Boston's Larry Bird
- swiped Isiah Thomas' last-
second in-bounds pass, in-
tended for a stationary Bill
Laimbeer, which the Celtics
turned into the winning
basket.
"We never lost a game with
ten seconds to play like the
Pistons did. First principal of
basketball is go forward,
toward the man passing it to
you. I learned that when I
was ten years old. Here's a
man getting $100,000 a year
(Laimbeer — who actually
earns closer to $1 million)
standing flatfooted
underneath the basket!"
The origin of his nickname
is long forgotten. "How I got
the name of 'Susie' nobody
knows. In fact, a judge = he
used to play at Western High
School — and there was a
piece of property I had to ap-
praise (in court), and I ap-
praised it and he says, 'You
know you're under oath?' and
I says, 'Yes, sir,' and he says,
`How did you get the name of

Herman Fishman

Susie?' and I said, 'I don't
know.' The name goes back a
long time. Everybody had a
nickname on the street —
Stinky, stuff like that."
Schecter was inducted into
the Wayne State Hall_ of Fame
in 1980, but the new honor is
a big thrill. "I've got a lot
grandchildren (eight) —
they're all happy. They're
coming from Boston, New
York, California."
Schecter has two children,
both married. His son, Alan,
and daughter, Suzanne, have
families, and two great-
grandchildren are on the way.
Alan, left his job as sports
editor of the Council Bluffs
(Iowa) Nonpareil in 1961 to
join his father in the real
estate business. Although he
never saw his father play pro
ball, he recalled a demonstra-
tion of Schecter's athletic pro-
wess. "When I was going to
junior high school and we
were playing in Erwin
Arkin's back yard one time
. . . my father came by to pick
me up, to take me home for
dinner; and he threw a few in.
And all the guys that we
played with who thought they
were hotshots found out real
quick that there was a real
difference!'
Schecter knew fellow in-
ductee Herman Fishman
"very well. He was a good
baseball player and a fair
basketball player." Fishman
was a four-sport star at
Detroit Northern High
School. He won six varsity let-
ters in baseball and basket-
ball at the University of
Michigan, and held the Big
Ten single season earned run
average record (0.89) for 15
years. In 1942, he pitched for
the service all-stars against
American League all-stars.
Fishman owned an insurance
agency in Detroit and was a
member of the Detroit
Pistons board of directors un-
til his death in 1967.

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