The following correction came to us regarding our posting on Franz Stampfl Vol. 3 No. 73.
Hi, it's great that you spoke about Franz Stampfl here on your blog. Just wanted to let you know that the photo you have of him at the head of the Athletics Australia citation is actually of Otto Stampfl, his younger brother, and was taken by our photographer during our interview with Otto in Austria in 2011 for a documentary we are currently filming about Franz. The photographer was Ingo Folie. The documentary website is http://www.alifeunexpected.com - in case you or your readers might be interested in knowing more about Franz's story and his athletes.
A Life Unexpected: The Man Behind The Miracle Mile
Finish Line Films Pty Ltd
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Our apologies Ms. McLean and best wishes for the completion of your film. We have removed the picture of Otto Stampfl. ed.
Thank you so much for posting that correction with my message and the link to the website - it is most appreciated. Otto does look a lot like Franz did in his final years, so we're seeing that photo appear credited as Franz in a few places!
I was delighted to find your blog as I am spending a lot of time in the 1950's and 1960's due to the research for the documentary and immersing myself in the period as a result. I loved reading that you checked his book out so many times from the library during your time as a high school runner. Did you know that Franz was involved in setting up Olympic training programs in both the USA and Canada during the 1950's? We're hoping travel to both countries to interview anyone who might have coached with Franz during that period once we raise the necessary funds (particularly from 1957 when he set up the Canadian Olympic Training Plan under the auspices of the Royal Canadian Legion in Toronto alongside coaches Don Canham and Dave Rankin). If you learn of anyone from that time who might be a good contact - feel free to pass them onto us!
Thank you again for putting up that correction and for pointing people to the site.
Jim Thorpe and Louis Zamperini
Dennis (Kavanaugh) found this article in the LB Press Telegram on the first major college track meet I attended, 64 yeas ago in the LA Coliseum, with my father, Merwin R. Brown. Jim Fuchs of Yale set a WR in the shot put and of course and got my attention right away. Then Bob Pruitt of USC won the 880 and Sim Iness, also of SC, won the discus.
Eric Finan, University Cincinnati graduate and Big East CC runner of the year in 2012 ran his first sub four minute mile this year. In his blog he recently mentioned a good friend Steve Price former Bowling Green State U. coach and currently an assistant at Findlay University.
"A good friend, amazing coach, and even better mentor, Steve Price, once told me that it never mattered how great one workout was, only how many good workouts one could string together. As I reflect upon the last 4-5 months, I see myself on the former side of that statement, but certainly working towards the latter."
Here is Eric's blog address: http://ericfinanruns.blogspot.ca/p/about-me.html
TROUBLE IN THE CITY OF BROTHERLY LOVE WITH THE TEMPLE TRACK PROGRAM.
On the opposite end of the spectrum of US college track and field , here is an article published by a Temple University student paper covering the history of an ongoing controversy involving harassment of an athlete by a coach, loss of scholarship, and general malaise of a program and its administration. If the allegations are true, I find this type of behavior both by a coach and an athletic department very disconcerting. It is a long article. I wonder if any of our readers experienced this type of coaching and admin behavior back in the day, or are our athletes today just more aware of their rights as human beings? Do the NCAA rules make this type of coach/athlete relations possible if not acceptable?
Matthew Busche, former Luther College Cross Country All American participated in his first Tour de France this Year. He finished 88th overall in the 21 day ride, several times being in the breakaways during various stages. He rode for UCI Pro Team Trek. He took up cycling as a form or cross training in 2005.
|Matthew Busche in the black racing suit. Breakaway on Stage 7 of the 2014 Tour de France|