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Bob England served Eastern Michigan University from 1968 until his retirement in 2011. In this interview, England, who served as Director of Intramurals and Recreation, speaks of the development of the Intramurals and Recreation program into one of national prominence and record attendance. England also discusses the turbulence of the late 1960s, the construction of Olds-Robb Intramural and Recreation Building, the EMU Lake House, and the inception of the annual Huron River float-a-thon. England speaks of his football playing days at University of Michigan, and of the struggle to increase attendance at EMU sporting events.

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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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Robert England, Oral History Interview, 2019