Category Archives: Hank Fonde

“I beat Ohio State!”

By Joel Thurtell The 80-year-old old guy with the shock of white hair wore a fading maize and blue University of Michigan t-shirt. But this was not just any Michigan fan. Nor was it just any UM t-shirt. The younger … Continue reading

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Hank Fonde: “I beat Ohio State!”

By Joel Thurtell The 80-year-old old guy with the shock of white hair wore a fading maize and blue University of Michigan t-shirt. But this was not just any Michigan fan. Nor was it just any UM t-shirt. The younger … Continue reading

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“I beat Ohio State!”

Hoping to boost morale and maybe a win by The University of Michigan over arch-rival Ohio State University last year, on November 19, 2008 I posted this essay about my father-in-law, former UM football player and coach Hank Fonde. Didn’t … Continue reading

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He beat Ohio State

By Joel Thurtell A hospice nurse called a bit after two on Sunday morning, May 3, 2009, to tell my wife that her dad and my good friend, Hank Fonde, had died. Hank was 85, and had suffered with Alzheimer’s disease … Continue reading

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Hank Fonde: “I beat Ohio State!”

Hank Fonde: “I beat Ohio State!” 11/19/08 [donation] By Joel Thurtell The 80-year-old old guy with the shock of white hair wore a fading maize and blue University of Michigan t-shirt. But this was not just any Michigan fan. Nor … Continue reading

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Sayings of Hank Fonde

Some people are just natural-born poets. One of those people is Hank Fonde, my father-in-law. Old-time University of Michigan football fans will remember Hank as a key player on the UM squad in the mid and late 1940s. He’s originally … Continue reading

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