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Clarksville, TN – My memories of Mickey Fisher began when I returned to Clarksville Tennessee in 1971. There were only three high schools in Clarksville at the time. Clarksville High School, Northwest High School and Montgomery Central High School.
I started dating a cheerleader at Northwest, and since I didn’t go to high school here, I immediately hated Clarksville High School, (my girlfriend told me to).
When Northwest and CHS played each other, the entire city shut down, and everybody went to the game. I saw Mickey play a few games, but only when they played Northwest.
Michael Dixon Fisher was born November 30th, 1953 in Stinton, Texas, the son of George and Myra Fisher. Mickey would grow up to be a wonderful son, brother, husband, father, and a man that nobody could ever say anything bad about. His sister, Stephanie Roberts, remembers her brother as “Not your typical little brother. We had a great life, with wonderful parents and we were always doing something. We didn’t have computers, cell phones and video games, so we had to go out and do things. Sports was always a big part of our lives, and Mickey loved all sports. He wasn’t that annoying little brother you hear about all the time.”
Mickey’s father, George, played and coached at Austin Peay State University with the legendary Dave Aaron. Their families spent a lot of time together. Dave Aaron, Jr. said, ” Mickey never felt any pressure to be like his dad, but always wanted to make his dad proud. He and I grew up together. We both knew what it was like to be a coach’s son. We had keys to the gym, and we played all the time. Mickey was my best friend in the world, and I miss him terribly.”
Mickey Fisher had an amazing high school career. Playing basketball for coach Ben Fendley, one of the trademarks of coach Fendley’s teams was that they were always in great shape. Dave Aaron, Jr. said, “We would go to practice knowing it was going to be tough, but coach Fendley said we were never going to run out of gas against the other team, and Mickey loved it. He was always in great shape.”
When Clarksville High started a golf team, Ed Sneed was asked to be the coach. “I jumped at the opportunity,” said Sneed. “Mickey was a junior at the time, so he was one of the leaders on the team. I remember our first official tournament was against Fort Campbell, and they beat us pretty good. It’s ironic that Mickey coached at Fort Campbell all those years, so I think it’s only fitting that the Mickey Fisher Memorial Tournament is held at Cole Park at Fort Campbell because Mickey is forever linked there.”
Mickey Fisher was exactly who you wanted your son to be like. He was exactly who you wanted your daughter to marry. He wasn’t perfect by any means, but he was, how do we say it in the south, “good people.”
When I asked his friends and family what was the one thing they would remember about Mickey, everyone said the same thing. “He was always there for you. If you asked him to do something, he would do it.”
His good friend and constant golf partner, Bob Cartwright, told me, “I always liked playing in tournaments with Mickey as my partner because I knew he would always be there and would never quit. He would never give up.”
After graduating from Clarksville High School, Mickey Fisher went to Austin Peay State University to play basketball. It was there that he played for coach Lake Kelly, and with the legendary James “Fly” Williams. Tomorrow, what that experience was like, and what he learned by playing with “Fly” and by being Fly Willliam’s roommate.
The Mickey Fisher Memorial Golf Tournament is Saturday, July 7th at Cole Park Golf Course. For more information visit: www.apsu.edu/advancement/mickey-fisher-memorial-golf-tournament
Hank Bonecutter is a forty year broadcast veteran and former radio station owner. His career included, talk-show host, journalist, writer, and producer. He is president of Bonehead Promotions, an advertising consulting and media firm. He is the owner of www.clarksvillesportsnetwork.com and www.nashvillesportsnetwork.com, and is a contributing author/journalist for Clarksville Online.
Hank worked at several Nashville radio stations, including WKDF, WLAC, WKQB and WKDA.
He hosted and produced Clarksville’s longest running morning talk-show, “The Bone Show,” from 1994-2012.
Hank is also a stand-up comedian, having performed at some of the top comedy clubs in Tennessee, Kentucky and Georgia.
Hank produced a series of stand-up comedy shows, “Comedy on the Cumberland, ” in Clarksville to benefit local charities.
You can follow Hank on Facebook and Twitter, @bonecutter01 and @boneheadnews.
TopicsAPSU, Austin Peay State University, Ben Fendley, Bob Cartwright, CHS, Clarksville High School, Clarksville TN, Cole Park Golf Course, Dave Aaron, Dave Aaron Jr., Ed Sneed, Fort Campbell High School, Golf, James "Fly" Williams, James Williams, Lake Kelly, Mickey Fisher, Mickey Fisher Memorial Tournament, Montgomery Central High School, Northwest High School, Stinton TX
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