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great webstie :D

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Great information on Sim Iness!

Added: September 2, 2012
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This is a wonderful site and tribute to a very deserving gentleman. Can you tell me if his name is pronounced with a long i or short i? I assume it is long since it comes from 'Simon'.

Added: February 9, 2012
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Thank you for your marvelous coverage of "Sim" Iness, one of our many Compton Junior College sports greats. Please pardon me, I must correct you on one major point. That is, Raymond "Tay" Brown was the football coach who guided Sim's 1948 team to the Rose Bowl victory (one of three and the team was recognized as the 1948 undefeated Junior College team). Ken Carpenter, a magnificent coach in his own rite and a 1936 Olympic discus gold medalist was Sim's Discus Coach and the assistant football team coach. That year, Sim also set the National Junior College Discus Record.

I was a Compton Junior College student from 1947 to 1949 and joined the Navy Reserve when Sim Iness did. As a Navy Reserve Commander, Tay Brown was our commander of the Compton Navy Reserve Unit. Those were the days !!

By the way, Christoffer Slotte From: Finland 8Helsinki and others who are interested, can find the movie career activities of "Sim" Iness at the website for the Tulare Historical Museum Organization. See the page headed "Tulkare History Timeline," following the 1992 Museum expansion entry and the 1930 Robert Bruce Mathias entry and starting with the 1930 Garland Simeon (Sim) Iness entry (bet no one knew his first name was Garland and is middle name was Simeon).



Added: January 29, 2012
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Great website. I wasn't alive in 1952 when Sim was in Helsinki, but I have talked to him over the phone after that. He said he was a football extra in Trouble Along the Way starring John Wayne + in one other movie as extra. Does anyone know what movie? He didn't recall the name. So he worked in 4 movies in all.

Added: January 22, 2012
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Great post. Iím a normal visitor of your site and appreciate you taking the time to maintain the excellent site. I'll be a frequent visitor for a long time.

Added: January 20, 2012
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Trying to find "1959 Los Angeles coliseum relays
program". Can you help?
Thank You.


Added: January 12, 2012
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I met Sim Iness when I was 6 years old. He had not been in Porterville to long yet and he bought our house. My mother babysat his daughters Marleen and Marilyn for awhile after we moved and he use to come and pick them up at night. Man that guy was big to a 6 or 7 year old. Some years later he was one of my track coaches at PUHS and then my football coach at at PC. I was 6'3" myself by then but he still towered over me. He was a gentle giant for sure but I can tell you he could get pretty worked up during half-time or if you missed a blocking assignment..

Added: August 18, 2011
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I threw the discus back in the 50's and met Sim many times! A great guy and like they say: "A gentle giant". I also read about Bob Mathias' passing and I wish I had kept up with both of them! The top oncologists buy my machines (watercuresanything.com). They BOTH will be missed...Jack

Added: March 8, 2011
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He was something of a gentle giant, an imposing man but very soft spoken. I knew Sim as a teacher and coach between 1956 and 1959 when I attended Porterville High School and Porterville College.
He was my PE teacher in 1956 and was the Line Coach for the 1957 Panthers. He was the track coach at the Jr College. Only two of us qualified for the state meet but he took his time to make sure that we could attend.


Added: March 1, 2011
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