"Last Sunday I was about a half mile into a long run of 10mi when I saw some paper money in the ditch. It was a $100 (Franklin). Folded it up, put it in key pocket, and figured it was play money or counterfeit, as I have no idea what a $100 is supposed to look like. Next day figured I might as well run by same spot and look for more. Yep, found another $100, but it was designed different, was 10 yrs older, and had a spot faded out white, so figured they were both worthless. Leslie took them by the bank, and they were both good ! Don't expect that to ever happen again. Maybe its just a function of living near Sea Island, or the Trump economy!"
|For our Canadian readers you can probably relate to these two fine examples of $100 bills|
My first thought after reading Bruce's email was, "I'd be out there tomorrow with a rake and shovel, and the hell with running." Then I tried to remember what goodies I've found along my running routes over the past sixty-one years. The only things I ever came up with were a big Crescent wrench, near Noranda, Quebec, probably left along the road by a trucker putting on snow chains, and the other thing was a porn CD, on County Line Rd. in Beavercreek, Ohio, maybe dropped by another trucker.
My recommendation to Bruce is to offer to sell the coordinates of his find to the public for a small fee. With proceeds he might be able to buy a new pair of shoes at Ross Dress for Less.
This leads us to the question, "What have you, our readers, found over the years of running or hanging out at track meets?" I know that some track writers like Kenny Moore and Dr. George Sheehan have mentioned that they got ideas for articles and books while on the run, but we're looking for the more intrinsic little goodies you've found on life's highways. Send your answers to: firstname.lastname@example.org
or place them in the comments section at the bottom of this post.
Now while we are on the subjects of running and money this other story recently came our way from Ned Price a former U. of Chicago and UCTC team member. He sent a photo of the University of Chicago track team from 1958 of which he was a member. Also on that team were Gar Williams, Brooks Johnson, and Arnie Richards, some of whom you may well be aware. In his letter he relates the story of Walter Perschke a member of that 1958 team.
He also did a little federal time late in life when he got involved in an FBI sting operation where some corrupt FBI agents bought coins from him and Walter forgot to claim the sale on his income tax. The whole story can be found in the links that follow. Walter turned out to be a decent man and went on to found a spiritual center near Indianapolis, Indiana.
Coin World Article on Walter Perschke
Story from a Friend of Walter Perschke
Here is a video of Walter describing the Brasher Doubloon
Walter Perschke on the Brasher Doubloon
That reminded me of a similar incident at the NCAA cross country meet in Madison, WI about 1978. It was bitterly cold that day and many runners started the race wearing a pair of socks on their hands. By the mile mark most of them were shedding the socks. Dave Elger one of my fellow grad students at the Human Performance Lab at Ball State, began collecting and matching pairs he found along the course. Alberto Salazar may have won the race, but Dave had a lifetime's worth of footwear by the end of the day. He has put those socks to use by running a sub three-hour marathon in every decade since the 1970s. Not many people can claim that achievement. He also filmed that race and posted it on youtube.
1978 NCAA Cross Country, Madison WI clik here
PS. Upon further review the committee has decided to recognize your efforts as something found on a run. Ed.