Below is a series of emails exchanged between John Bork, George Brose, and Jerry McFadden.
John,Wow, what a surprise to get an email from one of my boyhood heros. We never shared a starting line but growing up in southwest Ohio I did get to see you run in the MAC championships in 60 when they were at Bowling Green. Western Michigan was really a powerhouse in those days with you and Jared Ashmore, Dick Pond, and a few others I can't remember. I occasionally see a guy named Barry Binkley who ran at Bowling Green and pr'd in that meet in the mile. He may have gotten second. But to whom I don't recall. I'm pretty sure you took the 880 that day. I graduated from HS in 1961, so I was a bit behind you. I went to Oklahoma and ran 4:09 and 1:51 but never went to any big meets other than the relays. Did you ever run that AAU meet that was held annually in Ft. Wayne, Indiana? That meet used to draw a lot of the big names in the Midwest, and I think a number of your teammates and perhaps you may have been there.My good friend Steve Price (coached the Kettering Striders and then the women's coach at Bowling Green) I think knew you .
Steve interested me to Blues music. We went to a local college hangout together that featured
John,That's a great story about Wayne Farlow. I'll include it in the blog maybe as an 'expletive deleted' if Van Asten doesn't mind. (Like hell, I will.)
It was taken by a teammate. We were hoping that that we were going to have a good day as we had ran 17:05 the previous week at the Kansas Relays and thought we could handle the other teams (only Houston had ran faster at that point) but you guys ruined our party! But it has been fun to say we were there when you guys took the American record. Glad you enjoyed the photo and that it arrived on your birthday. Nicely done, George.Jerry McFadden
Thanks Jerry, that gives it a unique flavor. Didn't you tell me Rawson (your roommate) got killed in Viet Nam. I remember Pelster had a had a strange toes out stride but it didn't seem to slow him down at all. There's a good picture of Rawson in the Drake Relays archive. I'll see if I can locate it.
George,You have a great memory. Bill was killed in Vietnam as a Marine 2nd Lt. a few months after he graduated from MU. His name is on the Wall in D.C.Jerry
It's nice to be remembered some 51 years later.Just when I was groveling in the realization that I had become an * askerisk to track and field lore just asthe " Paavo Nurmi's of another day" were to us back in the 1950's and 1960's. -So, thanks for making me feel "remembered"..John Bork