Our blog has on occasion brought people together over the years. Some were former teammates who had lost touch, some gatherings were with people who had never met. The case in point is an example of the latter. Earl Young (Abiliene Christian University) and Pete Brown (University of New Mexico) had competed on the same fields of honor back in the early 1960s, but never against each other in the same event. However through a number of circumstances they were able to get together for lunch the other day. Many of you probably remember Earl from his winning a gold medal on the 4x400 at the Rome Olympics in 1960 as well as his many great 440 races for Abiliene Christian College (now University). Few of you would remember Pete who was a better than journeyman half miler (1:52) for the Lobos. Both men have provided photos and stories for this blog over the years. Pete even sent us the whole set of 1963 Track and Field News journals to use when working on that year. Here are Pete and Earl's description of that meeting and a few more photos. For years Pete ran a very successful historical tours business focusing mainly on US battlefields all over the world.
A few years ago Earl was the recipient of a bone marrow transplant, and thanks to that donation he is still around to tell his story. You can read more about how he is working to help others in the same predicament. Earl Young Website Perhaps amongst the several hundred people who will read this story all over the world, someone will take the opportunity to become a donor.
They both gave us permission to put this info on our blog. GB
|Pete Brown and Earl Young|
Here was one of the epic races with Adolph Plummer. The crowd must have been close to 12,000, although it was announced as much smaller. The crowd wanted a faster time, and really had no idea how good a time that was back in 1962 on a slow cinder track. (46.6) You two had some amazing duels. Pete
Editor's note: Pete won the 880 that night in 1:53.2.
Great commentary……Earl was really special and ran for a hell of a coach, Oliver Jackson, who I got to know. His name, as well as Earl’s, resonated and I have not thought about either of them in perhaps approximately 50 years. Wayne Vandenberg
Hi Pete ... Found the article on the ACC-UNM Dual Meet... What an eye opener this track meet was for a skinny little Sophmore 880 runner .. Had no idea humans could run so fast.. had no idea track teams could be so strong.. had no idea anyone could run a 880 ..