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Michigan Football Series P1: Billy Taylor
Tuesday, September 19, 2017, 07:00pm
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Fall is in the air and Football is back!  The Dexter District Library will be hosting a 3- part University of Michigan Football series with football lectures, roundtable discussions, a special viewing of the documentary, “Perseverance: The Story of Dr. Billy Taylor” and football memorabilia on display.

Part 1 – The Billy Taylor Story will include a viewing of the documentary, “Perseverance: The Story of Dr. Billy Taylor” followed by a discussion with Dr. Billy Taylor, Jon Stevens and Ken Magee, co-authors of “The Game: The Michigan Ohio Football Rivalry” and “The Little Brown Jug: The Michigan Minnesota Rivalry”.

Michigan tailback Billy Taylor had seemingly turned the corner to greatness when he finished his football career at the University of Michigan in 1971. He had been named to the All-American Team for the third consecutive season and he had earned distinction as the Big Ten’s Most Valuable Player. He was leaving Michigan as the leading rusher in the school’s history

But a few days after Taylor played his last game for the Maize and Blue in the 1972 Rose Bowl, his mother died unexpectedly. It would be the first of four tragedies in Taylor’s life that pushed him into an emotional tailspin and would alter the course of his future. Instead of finding fame in the professional game, Taylor discovered depression, alcohol and drugs.

Few people rise up from such difficult circumstances, but Dr. Billy Taylor did. Join us to hear his inspiring story. All are welcome.  Sign up at the Adult Reference Desk or call 734-426-4477.

Michigan Football Series: Part 2 / The Little Brown Jug will be held on October 25, 7:00 p.m. and Part 3 / The Game will be held on November 16, 7:00 p.m.

University of Michigan Football Memorabilia will be on display at the library from September 12 to November 17.

Location Dexter District Library - Lower Level