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KAREEM SERAGELDIN – TYSON GAY – Marion Jones – Etc.

Kareem Serageldin was in many ways the quintessential and classical case of a person living the “American Dream”. He is the son of immigrants from Egypt. He excelled in school and life, and made his family proud as he scaled the academic and achievement ladder of superior success. He graduated from Yale and then went […]

CAN YOU DIG IT ? DO YOU GET IT ?

In the 50s, when I first became serious about jazz, there were many different forms and formats to the music. In addition, with so much emphasis on creativity and improvisation, there were always musicians that came up with different interpretations and approaches to the music as well. That being the case, there was always a […]

MORE MOSCOW MEMORIES

Bill Thomson and I once drove his Volkswagen mini-bus from Newark, Delaware to Chicago, Illinois and back,… some of it through an Indiana/Ohio snow storm, loaded with athletes that we were taking to the University of Chicago Track Club pre-Christmas track meet. In those days ( late 60s ) there were not that many opportunities […]

MOSCOW MEMORIES

My very first real images and impressions of Moscow go back to the late 1940’s when Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of England, talked about the the evils that existed behind “The Iron Curtain”. There was the full realization of a “Cold War” between the Soviet Bloc and the West. The upshot was that school children […]

TYSON GAY – “Beneath The Fold”

Monday morning, July 15, armed with the NEW YORK TIMES, USA TODAY, Peach Snapple and a sugar doughnut, I slide into my car and turn on WUCF ( 89.9 FM – jazz station ) and settle back to get caught up on all the latest printed news. As I turn over the front page of […]

ARE YOU KIDDING ME ?

Ray Brown recently texted me, asking if I had read Doug ( former CEO of USA Track and Field ) Logan’s suggestion that the ban on performance enhancing drugs be lifted. Ray Brown won the national indoor 800 meter championship at least five times in a row and was a fixture on the international circuit […]

DARK MATTER – DARK MATTERS

The more I learn about the virtually unlimited vastness of the computer, the more intimidated I become. An example on a mini-micro level is the number and diversity of coaching inquiries I get via the internet. For example, last week there were questions from Germany, Turkey, Norway, Italy, Jamaica, and California ( Yeah,…California is a […]

THE HOLLYWOOD CONNECTION,………..50 years later

There is was ! Right there on the first page of the ARTS Section of the New York Times,… yesterday,…. Thursday, May 9, 2013. I had finished the sugar doughnut as I read the NEWS and BUSINESS/SPORTS sections of the TIMES, and was half way through the Peach Snapple I was drinking. This is my […]

SYNCOPATION – JIMMY SMITH AND ASTHON EATON

Jeff Atkinson won the men’s 1500 meters at the U.S. Olympic Trials in 1988, with a closing 400 meter kick of 52.89. When he left high school his coach there told him he would never break 55 seconds in the 400,…….fresh !  I told him he had to run 53 seconds in debt, with a […]

ZOMBIE ZONE SYNDROME

This might take a while. Cubie Seegobin called me early this morning ( Sunday – February, 17 ). Cubie is the manager/agent for Johan Blake, Glen Mills, Blake’s coach, and most of the young sprinters in that training group except Usain Bolt. He was on his way from L.A. where he lives to, Kingston, Jamaica […]