I am an Indian that went to Pendleton High School in the early 1950s and remember when Requa first came to town to coach the high school football team. I’ve read a lot of articles in the East Oregonian about the coach being some sort of hero or something. I was a sophomore when the coach came to town and never gave much thought about the type of person he was, I just wanted to play football. I enjoyed the competition of sports and played football, basketball, and baseball at PHS for three years. Requa never really talked to me the three years I played football, on or off the field.
In my senior year after football season was over I was named to the football all-star team. Requa never said good job or shook my hand; that did not bother me, I was already playing basketball. The person that encouraged and coached me was a man by the name of Al Nixon, an assistant football coach, a good non-racist person, coach and teacher, on and off the field. Teachers like Al Nixon should be remembered.
After high school I joined the Marines and got trained, loaded on a troop ship and headed for the Far East. When I made it back home I told Requa what I thought of him.
Steve Sohappy Suxappy