By William J. Buchanan
"This isn't your ordinary account of a tender man's dying of melanoma, yet a full of life and remarkable tale of John Baker's choice to depart scholars with newfound abilities and self-confidence. . . . a impressive, uplifting tale of wish and backbone which is not missed."--Bookwatch
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He replied to John's letter at once. He'd be happy to accept him as a trainee. Schul quickly detected flaws in John's style. Foot-plant, knee-lift, arm-carry, push-offall were awkward. One by one over the next year, Schul corrected John's ingrained bad habits. Just as important, for the first time John learned to race the clock. It was also in California that summer of 1967 that John met Mary Ann Allison. Monday morning each week an Athens Athletic Club staffer hand-carried weekend receipts to a nearby bank for deposit.
Follingstad sent me to a specialist. " Jack repeated, puzzled. John nodded. He told them about Doctor Johnson's diagnosis. " This is not real, Polly thought. I must say something, make some clever remark to bring us all back to reality. Page 28 But it was Jack who spoke first. "John, lots of people have tumors removed without any problem at all. These things are usually benign. " Polly agreed at once. " She paused. " Bob and Jill, John's younger brother and sister, lived out of town. So did his fiancee[fiancée], Mary Ann Allison.
With an ear-splitting yelp he jumped straight up in the air. "That's not Goff," he screamed. " Pounding toward the homestretch, John grinned and glanced back over his shoulder. " Wolffarth shouted. "Run! 5. He had not only scored an upset, he had set a new meet record. The crowd cheered wildly. What had happened on the far side of that hill? Later that evening John told his family. Halfway through the race, with things going as expected, he had asked himself: Is this my best? He didn't know. Resolutely, he fixed his eye on the back number of the front runner.
A Shining Season: The True Story of John Baker by William J. Buchanan