|The Willamette River, Eugene, OR|
Accent on the 'a'
In a couple of weeks Roy and I will be making our third consecutive trek to Eugene for the Prefontaine Meet. This year we've been accredited by no less than the Diamond League as free lance journalists. Whoop Dee Doo! I'll believe it when I see the badges at the press conference sign in on Friday afternoon. The first two trips culminated in visits to Nike headquarters in Beaverton, Bill Dellinger's home in Eugene , and attending a gathering with Pre's former UO team members at the bar where Pre once worked. Interviews with Joe Kovacs and Renaud Lavillenie were face to face highlights with current world class athletes.
Roy roads it up from Ukiah, California, and I drive down from the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island. We're into our sixth year doing this blog now and sort of have a nonverbal deal of quitting when we hit the 1970 date of Roy's reviews of Track and Field News fifty years after the fact. We just put out the May, 1966 review. Roy writes the review, I find the photos from various sources and our buddy Steve Price proofreads everything for accuracy. The other stories come to us in a myriad of ways. Readers send us ideas, some send us pieces they've written. Sometimes looking for photos on Google Images leads us to other stories.
Steve lives in Piqua, Ohio. Yes, Virginia, there is a Piqua, Ohio. Some of you may remember a fair to middln' road runner who hails from Piqua named Rick Callison.
I think he was an 8th place Boston finisher back when. How 'bout Bob Schul who grew up on a farm a few miles south of Piqua down Route 48 near West Milton?
|Track Town Pizza, a must stop when in Eugene.|
|One of the sites I'll be seeing the evening of May 28|
|One of first known cheaters using a bronze tipped spear.|
Nevertheless we'll soldier on with this blog, because we get a lot of positive feedback from the people who read it. Take care and have a great month of May.
Here is a piece on Pre sent to us by Ed Odeven who writes for the Japan Times. We'll put some more of Ed's work on our blog in the future. Thanks, Ed.
The Pre from Ed Odeven and Japan Times