April 23, 1996 |
The statue, capturing the great runner in stride, will grace a hill overlooking a verdant slope with a museum, ball fields and an oval track. When the park is completed and the statue installed, they will make a fine memorial. For many here, the memorial - which follows years of struggle and news that the Olympic torch will pass through - is long overdue. Jesse Owens. It might seem an obvious gesture to honor him here. Into this tiny community of stifling poverty and cotton fields was born a boy who would challenge the wind, who would expose as fool's gold the genetic theories of a dictator and in the doing, bring his country an unprecedented haul of Olympic gold.
August 3, 1993 |
Taking her stand, Amy Campbell concentrated on the distance ahead of her and began her run. Hitting her mark, she jumped from the red clay track and was airborne for a few seconds before landing in the soft sand. The first of several practice runs, it did not match her best long jump of 15 feet, 7 inches, but it still felt good. "I've been running track since I was in third grade, and it's the sport I like the best," said Campbell, 14, who will be a freshman at Cardinal O'Hara High School in the fall.
February 27, 1991 |
Icabod Flewellen's East Cleveland house is a maze of ordinary cartons and cabinets overflowing with extraordinary treasures - rare photographs of Jesse Owens and Josephine Baker, first edition books by such black writers as Zora Neale Hurston, reams of documents and clippings about the accomplishments of black people. Two back rooms in the Rev. DeGrandval Burke's Charlotte, N.C., home hold what amounts to the only complete pictorial and written account of the city's historic black neighborhood, destroyed during urban renewal of the 1960s.
June 21, 1990 |
Beverly Owens Prather, daughter of Olympic legend Jesse Owens, was fined $5,000 and placed on three years probation Tuesday in Chicago after pleading guilty to taking $550 in bribes in her job as an aide in the city controller's office. Prather, 52, took the money from a city vendor in exchange for speeding up $20,000 worth of city payments to the company. Said federal judge George Marovich: "You have not brought honor to (your name). That is something you will have to live with. " MORE FAMOUS CHILDREN Newlyweds Andrew Cuomo and Kerry Kennedy Cuomo will set up housekeeping in renovated digs in Douglaston, N.Y., a posh section of Queens.
February 15, 1990 |
At a reception prior to the 10th annual Jesse Owens International Trophy Award banquet last week at New York's Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, I marveled as I watched and listened to the light banter among the several hundred invited guests. The room was filled with some of the world's most famous athletes who came to pay tribute to this year's winner of the Owens award, given since 1981 to the amateur athlete who most exemplifies the qualities exhibited by Jesse Owens during his lifetime.
June 29, 1989 |
In his first year in track, Christian Schorle, 10, won a gold medal at the East Coast Cross Country Classic in Raleigh, N.C. This year the boy who "eats and sleeps track" did so well that he qualified for the ARCO Jesse Owens Games East Coast Regional Championship on July 8. But because of an error on his entrance form, an error that the Jesse Owens people said should have been picked up by an area coordinator, Christian will not be going to...
May 7, 1989 |
Next Sunday represents the first step in what could lead to an all- expenses-paid trip to California. Of course, there are a few requirements that need to be met first. You must have some track ability. And - here's where it gets tricky - you must be between the ages of 7 and 14. If you meet those criteria, or know someone that does, then show up at 1 p.m. Sunday at Chichester High School. The event is one of several local track meets being held in the Philadelphia area as part of the 25th anniversary of the Jesse Owens Games, sponsored by Arco Chemical Co. The winners of the local meets will then move on to a regional meet July 7 at Franklin Field.
April 20, 1989 |
Though Jesse Jackson has amazed me many times with his oratorical skills, his speech Monday night in accepting the Robie Humanitarian Award from the Jackie Robinson Foundation at its annual banquet in New York City was special. In it Jackson referred to the late Sugar Ray Robinson as the "last of the four horsemen. " The "four horsemen" of my father's generation, of course, were the members of the 1924 Notre Dame football team's backfield: Jim Crowley, Elmer Layden, Don Miller and Harry Stuhldreher.
May 1, 1988 |
He was at this year's Penn Relays as he had been at so many before, once as a world-class sprinter and jumper. Now he is the chief official of the long- jump and triple-jump competitions, and at age 73, he says he wants to start working out again. Eulace Peacock never quits. For the former Temple runner, who has his portrait hanging in McGonigle Hall as a charter member of the university's Hall of Fame, the Penn Relays are something that cannot be forgotten, not so much for the eight medals he won there but for the greatest disappointment of an otherwise brilliant career.
April 17, 1988 |
With a mix of pride, hope and anxiety, Evelyn Lewis probably will go to the Olympics this year, once more to cheer for her son and daughter. There remains the matter of qualifying competition, of course, but barring the unexpected, the mother of Carl and Carol Lewis firmly expects to relive the emotional ordeal she knew in the Los Angeles Games of 1984. Carl's 1984 victories - in the 100 and 200 meters, the long jump and the 400-meter relay - made him the Summer Olympics' first quadruple gold medalist since Jesse Owens in 1936.