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On October 9, 2021, students from the EMU Archives and Oral History Program recorded stories of EMU students past and present. Using the EMU Aerie, the Archives’ mobile oral history recording booth, student oral historians captured the formative experiences and perspectives of EMU alums from a variety of campus eras. Here, EMU Athletics superfan Carl Ebach recounts his early life as an orphan and the sense of community he found at EMU sporting events following his service in the US military. Having attended more than 3,500 EMU sporting events, Ebach details his most stirring memories, including the 1987 California Bowl appearance by the EMU football team.

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Eastern Michigan University, EMU Archives, EMU Oral History Program, Homecoming, Athletics

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Carl Ebach, Interview, 2021