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Deemed “a walking history of EMU,” Fountain has served in a variety of administrative roles including Vice President of University Relations, Director of Information Services, and Assistant for Publicity and Promotions to President John Porter. Though involved at EMU on many levels, Fountain is perhaps best known as the voice of EMU athletics, having done play by play broadcasts for EMU sports since 1963. Fountain is said to have broadcast over 50% of all football and basketball games in University history. He was awarded the EMU Distinguished Service Award in 1995, and was inducted into the EMU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1996.

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Eastern Michigan University, intramural, club sports, University of Michigan, football, college athletics, float-a-thon, oral history, oral history project, oral history program, physical education, student life, MAC, Bowen Field House, Olds-Robb, Warner Gym

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John Fountain, Oral History Interview, 2019