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Sheboygan Press, Monday, July 15, 1985 His Principles Came First, So It Was Goodbye To '72 Olympics For One Man By BILL NOVAK Press Staff Writer Every man has his morals, his principles. For some men, those who are idealistic thinkers, morals and principles can outweigh societal obligations, even if it means being ridiculed and shunned by the masses. Terry Tinkle is a man of high morals and principles, two elements that forced a dramatic change in his life, at the moment when he could have stepped into the limelight. Tinkle, 39, is a large, soft-spoken man, one who loves his wife of 11 years, Helen, along with their six children. They live in a modest home south of Elkhart Lake, out in the country where worldly pressures can seem light years away. Terry is a teacher of the emotionally disturbed at Riverview Middle School in Plymouth, a program through the Lightfoot School. He also is the girls basketball coach at Plymouth High School. He teaches honesty and cooperation to his athletes, feeling that the competitive edge of his team can develop without the hard-edged seriousness that many coaches take today. Still Hard To Discuss It And that idealistic feeling of cooperation and goodwill among all athletes forced Terry to make a major decision 13 years ago, a decision that he still finds hard to talk about. The decision made by Terry in 1972 was to quit the U.S. Olympic team (he was a starter on the team handball team), as a protest against what the Olympic Games had become, as well as a protest against America's involvement in the Vietnam War. That was a hard decision for a young man to make, but Terry has never regretted standing up for his principles. From his point of view, the corruption and cheating that was going on at the Olympics outweighed the glory that could have come his way by being an Olympian. Terry was born in 1946 in Detroit, the oldest of 11 kids that the Tinkle family produced. He spent three years in high school at a seminary in La Crosse, before going to Juneau High School in Milwaukee for his senior year. At Juneau, Terry palled around with Pat Curran, a locally famous athlete today, but at that time he was the leader of a gang known as the Thunderbirds. In 1965, Terry went to Marquette, and became a starter on the freshman basketball team. Terry was asked to come out for the varsity team, but his grades weren't that good, so he couldn't do it. Instead, he scurried around, and found that his old friend Pat Curran was at Lakeland College. He went to Lakeland, not necessarily for the education he would get but more so for the chance to play football. He took his time at Lakeland, and still hadn't graduated by December of 1969, when his father Wayne became ill in Chicago. He quit school to go home to his family, taking a job as a physical education instructor at a Calholic school, until June of 1970. "That's when I got a lottery number of 14," Terry, said. No, it wasn't an Illinois Lottery number. It was his draft number, and with no college degree or deferr-ments let, things didn't look too good. "I was drafted, and I was told to report for active duty in October of 1970," he said. Offered Tryout for NFL Team But Lady Luck was on Terry's side. In August of 1970, while playing sandlot football, the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League offered him a tryout for the team. While the NFL is strong, however, it isn't as strong as the U.S. Army. Terry still had to report for duty, but with the Bills pulling a few strings, he was assigned to Fort Lewis in Washington, with his prime duties being to play football. His timing wasn't that hot, however. Congress decided at that time that it didn't want its soldier boys playing football while a war was going on, so the Army outlawed football on its bases. What next? "I didn't have any destination planned for me, so the Army sent me to MP school at Fort Gordon, Georgia," Terry said. "I got on the fort's basketball team." At about the same time, General William Westmoreland, commander of the fighting forces in Vietnam, came up with the idea that he wanted his stateside soldiers playing team handball. - - Tf Y , ; Terry Tinkle "the Army started putting team handball in place of football," Terry said. "I had a good throwing arm, and one of the big things in the game is to throw the ball into the goal." During an Army tourney in Atlanta, Terry scored eight or nine goals for his team. "They took down names of the players who had potential, and I was asked if I wanted to join the Army's team," he said. "It was about this time that I started questioning the Army concept, so I said no." Tinkle went back to Fort Gordon, and had little to do except play basketball. He then was assigned to the correctional custody program at the fort. Started Questioning The Army It was in that program where Terry really started questioning the Army. "A sergeant requested that I be put on his detail in solitary confinement," he said. "He wanted me to beat-up a prisoner, and when I refused, he tried to get me court-martialed." The court-martial didn't go through, since it was discovered that Terry fon his own) had gone into the inner part of the stockade, a very dangerous area, and started some basketball teams among the inmates. It was an area no guard was supposed to go into. His attitude about the Army in general and the Vietnam War in particular started to bring out the pacificist in him. "I was having real difficulties about the Vietnam War," he said. "I wasn't radical enough to go AWOL, or destroy Army property, but I did think about becoming a conscientious objector." At about this time, the U.S. Olympic team for 1972 was being formed, and Terry was asked if he wanted to try out for the team handball squad. "I was still idealistic, and the thought of being on the Olympic team appealed to me," he said. "It could be a good alternative to the Army, so I gave it a try." . Terry was granted a temporary leave from his duties at Fort Gordon, and went to Washington D.C., to a training camp where 25 soldiers and 25 other players from teams on the East and West coasts competed for spots on the U.S. national handball team. It wasn't called the Olympic team yet, since the Olympic tryouts hadn't been held. A squad was selected, and Terry was on it. The team played East coast teams for a short while, before departing to Europe in May of 1971, to play club teams and national teams from Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, France and the Netherlands. The Americans didn't fare too well against the more experienced European teams, but the fans turned out in numbers to watch the games, since the Americans played a wide open style of game, quite unlike the Europeans' controlled game. (Turn to Page 8, Col. 1) Police Investigate Four Person Tavern Fight Police continued investigation etoday into an incident that happened late Saturday night when a Sheboygan man was seriously injured in a fight with three other young men, outside taverns in the 1 100 block of Michigan Avenue. Taken to Sheboygan Memorial Hospital by police was Calvin C. Owens, 29, of 1122 N. 14th St., who was found in a semi-concious state, when officers arrived at the above, location shortly before midnight, in response to a call that a man had been injured. Police said Owens, who suffered a large bruise to his forehead, could not recall what had happened, but witnesses told police that Owens had been involved in a fight with three other males. Police received information that three men chased Owens and knocked him to the ground where he was then kicked and punched several times. Police learned the indentities of the men who had allegedly beaten Owens and about two hours later, while investigating another matter In the 800 block of Plaza 8, officers spotted these men along walking along the Plaza. When confronted by police, one of the men, Lance Drews, 23, of 1841 N. 27th Place, became unruly, officers said. They then arrested Drews for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, and while placing him in handcuffs, an officer was reportedly attacked by another man, Gary Scholten, 22, of 6225 Woodland Road. Police said Scholten jumped on the officer's back but was promptly pulled away and placed on the ground by another officer. Scholten posted a $300 bond, police said, to be released from custody after he was charged with obstructing police. No further arrests were made and police are continuing the investigation that related to Owens' injuries. 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Falls Youth Killed In Crash A 17-year-old rural Sheboygan Falls boy was killed late Saturday night when his motorcycle skidded through a T-intersection on Bluebird Lane in the Town of Falls and crashed into a tree. Pronounced dead at the scene was Craig A. Goetsch, of R. 2, She boygan Falls, a son of Jerome and Elaine Ploeckelmanm Goetsch who reside on County Highway C in the Town of Sheboygan Falls. Authorities said Goetsch sustained a head injury. A passenger on the motorcycle, Michael R. Micoliczyk, 18, of 703 Pine St., Sheboygan Falls, was taken to St. Nicholas Hospital by Sertich ambulance. He sustained a broken right arm, a cut over his right eye and a lacerated shin, according to a sheriff's report. The accident happened about 11:20 p.m. Authorities said the cycle was northbound on Bluebird Lane when it skidded out of control as it came to the T-intersection, 58 feet north of Hamand Drive. Both youths were wearing helmets at the time of the accident, authorities said. Goetsch's death is the 10th traffic fatality in Sheboygan County so far this year, compared with nine on this date in 1984. Craig Goetsch was born Jan. 27, 1968, in Lynwood, Calif., and after moving to Sheboygan County attended Sheboygan Falls High School. He would have entered his senior year this fall. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Sheboygan Falls. Survivors include his parents; one sister, Christine, Sheboygan Falls; his paternal grandmother, Mrs. Esther Goetsch, Sheboygan, and his maternal great-grandmother Hattie Ploeckelmann of the Town of Lima. He was preceded in death by a brother. The funeral Mass will be offered Burger King Tlieft Suspect Charged A 31-year-old Sheboygan man asked time to consult with an attorney after he was charged with taking more than $1,400 from his employer. James T. Harper, 1521 N. Fifth St., is accused of failing to make a bank deposit of $1,441.34 for his employer, Burger King Restaurant. 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