Celebrating Anderson's NBA Heritage.
ACS Enterprise Group sprouts the next generation of entrepreneurs...
Spring Semester is a very exciting time. A vast operation is underway in Mr. Fox's economics
classes which may spawn the next Henry Ford, Bill Gates, or P-Diddy!
Students have formed a company and are in the process of designing, producing and marketing
a new product. Though this real-world format students have explored economic concepts such as...
* supply and demand
* free-enterprise system
* the stock market
* corporation organizational charts
* creating products with high perceived value
* intellectual property rights
* etc, etc, etc
The Anderson Packers of 'little ole" Anderson, Indiana were one of the founding franchises for today's NBA.
It was indeed the 1949-50 season when team owner Ike Duffey met with representatives from the Boston Celtics, New York Knicks,
and other early teams to initiate the league.
To this day the Anderson Packers hold a 4-4 NBA playoff record, which exceeds the playoff winning percentage of many
of today's clubs.
Most of the graphics featured below come from actual game night programs.
Kick back...take a break...and enjoy these vintage NBA artifacts.
Vintage Program Cover
|Program Back Tobacco Ad
Team owner, local millionaire Ike Duffey's meat packing ad from program. Company later was Emge Meats.
|Duffy Meat Packing Co. (team owners) Emge location
May 1949 - NBA formed
Pictured below... Ike Duffey (left) Anderson Packers, NBL vice president Leo Ferris, Ned Irish of New York Knicks and
Walter Brown of Boston Celtics. In the center of the picture is NBA Commissioner Maurice Podolloff.
Gina and Brandi put final touches on product.
"How times have changed!" Ted Williams and the other top athletes of the day promote smoking. Ad was placed
in Packer game program.
Lynelle Miller, Staff Reporter for Anderson Herald-Bulletin covers ACS Enterprise Group for the leading regional
Ms. Miller, Herald-Bulletin Staff Reporter sports her new "Anderson Packers NBA Commemorative Shirt" during her recent
interview/visit to the ACS Enterprise Group.
Local advertisements from Packer program. Note the four digit phone numbers!
The definitive book on Indiana's NBA heritage.
Available through amazon.com or local book shops.
Frank Bryan, a genuine Anderson Packer, sent us this great picture from his home in Louisiana.
The Packer Top Brass...
Newspaper photo from Anderson Herald-Bulletin story by reporter Lynelle Miller, about the ACS Enterprise
Mr. and Mrs. Fox get the opportunity to meet and talk with Mrs. Mildred Gates, wife of the late Packer great Frankie
Fiesty Guard Frankie Gates
Mrs. Fox, Dean of Students, helps our principal Lennon Brown select proper fitting Packer fashion.
Jack Walton, out of Oklahoma A&M and the independent House of David team, originally hailed from Markle, Indiana.
Vintage ads from Packer programs about Anderson's DeSoto dealer and the health benefits of 'snooker'...
Ad from Packer program from years just prior to the forming of the NBA. Mr. Duffey's meat packing plant (recently
known as Emge's) takes center stage. Note the Duffey truck and that all games, including Sunday games, began at 8:30pm,
much later than today's NBA games. Must have been the strong coffee back then!
Page from Packer program from pre-NBA years. Features the team roster and vintage ads including their four digit
Aaron Boles discusses with Mrs. Byrns and Mrs. Fox the details of our original issue Packer uniform...including the skinny
belt with a metal buckle.