|Racing in England with Alan Simpson and John Wetton|
Because of interest in teaching history, I turned to education courses with intent to both teach and coach at the high school level. Upon graduation and newly married, my wife and I left for
from some of our email conversations
I finished 2nd to him several times at major Relays,
including 1964 Tx. Relays and Kansas R. He was quite a
runner—and had a great finish.
Mexico '68. We hosted him when the Mexicans came
to Los Angeles in 67. —he was the Distance coach for
the Mexican team in 68. I Have not heard about him
spot ahead of Jim Ryun. That month, I took a job loading
beef at the meat packing packing district in SA—starting
work at and ending at . I also enrolled for night
summer classes—and it was all predictable. I messed up
my training schedule and found that training at in
105 degree weather was nearly impossible. In June, Jim
won the 3rd spot on the Olympic team.
in Ft. Worth—where we ran on dirt left over from the Rodeo.
It was a deep wound and my season was over. My last race
was in May of 1967 when I won the West Coast R. in Fresno.
The top ten milers, including Bob Day were in the race—with
the exception of Jim Ryun. With 150 yards to go, I felt a
tightness in my leg and lower back. I won in about 4:00.8—to
the great disappointment of the meet director—Wannamaker,
who thought I should have broken 4min. For the crowd.
I never could train again, and decided to go to graduate school
instead. It was a good decision.