About Me

mikey.headshotMikey Chlanda

Mikey Chlanda is a Maples (and Antioch, of course), going on to join the Miami Township Fire Department, where he went on to become a lieutenant. He is now working on his second book, also about firefighting.

3 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Thank you for putting this book together. I was assistant fire chief of Maples in ”74 and got a lot out of my time with the department.
    If any of the members from then read this, please drop me a line.

    • Daniel, are you on facebook – there’s a Maples page. Remember Peter Kurland? Shannon Wood? Kathy Shank? they’re all on. Rachel Levin too, Paul Weisblatt. I’m sure i’m missing some.

      thanks for the kind words!


  2. Mikey,
    Great idea, and from what I’ve read so far, a fun book and delicious nostalgia not only for Maploids, but for all Antiochians. I was editing the Antioch Record at the time of the 1959 science building fire. Interesting that, while you focused on the technical details of the fire the Record, at least to the best of my recollection, focused on the fiery re-introduction that James P. Dixon had to the campus (he was an alumnus). In retrospect, it might have been an omen of the raging student behavior on campus that would engage his presidency some years later.
    I haven’t seen the whole book yet, so I don’t know whether you say anything bout the 1961 cross burnings on campus – terrifying events that turned out to be a stupid prank by two rival college fraternities in Toledo. I touch on that in my own memoir, “HEIRESS STRANGLED IN MOLTEN CHOCOLATE AT NAZI SEX ORGY! A MEMOIR,” available only as an e-book at Amazon and elsewhere. Maples spent a lot of time zooming around campus hosing down burning KKK symbols. The Yellow Springs cops could find not a clue. It remained for me and a fellow Record staffer, Steve Prindle, to discover the story behind the vandalism.
    I was sad to learn that eventually the college flattened the original Maples Hall. It was funky but homey, and the guys who lived in it (not me) seemed to take particular pleasure out of having their own entire building.
    Good luck with the book. Sell a zillion copies.

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