Burley L. “Bud” Hendricks

Recent Address: Sun City Center, FL
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Family Info: Parents: Carroll and Aarah; Wife: Marguerite; Son: Michael
Hometown: Bloomingdale, MI
Date Entered Service: January 29, 1943
Service Number: 36424141
Bomb Group: 444th
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Taught at high schools in Michigan at South Lyon, Chelsea and Ann Arbor. He was a fine writer of fiction. The University of Michigan Hopwood Awards are the most prestigious collegiate writing awards in the country. Burley rarely talked about it,but he won THREE Hopwoods. The only other person I know of who won that many was Arthur Miller, who got four. Burley's work can be seen in the Hopwood Room at the U of M's Angell Hall.
Burley won his first Hopwood (in 1957) for a three-story collection called, “Two Short Stories and One a Little Longer.” The stories were: “Temporary Housing”, “The Father&lrquo;, and “Job Opportunity.” He won his second (1958) for another collection, “Trio.&rldquo; His stories were: “Last Day of School&rldquo;, “The Billboard at Red Blood”, and “Woodcutters.&rldquo; The last one was a very big deal - it was a novel he submitted in 1960, and he won in the most highly regarded category, Major Fiction. He called the book A TASTE OF THE LOTUS.
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Comments: Mr. Hendricks passed away November 23, 2011. He is buried at Oak Hill Burial Park in Lakeland, FL.

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