Spotlight on the Olympics — Summer 1972

Now that Boston (right down the road from us) was being considered, albeit for a short time, for the 2024 Olympics, for the first time I might add, let’s take a look at the places where the Olympics have been held over the years.

1972 Summer Olympics — These games, held in Munich, Germany, between August 26th and September 10th, were forever marred by what has come to be known as the “Munich Massacre,” in which eleven (11) Israeli athletes, one (1) West German police officer, and five (5) Black September Palestinian terrorists were killed. Several notable Olympic athletes rose to prominence during these games. Mark Spitz set an Olympic record with seven (7) gold medals in swimming, the most until 2008 when Michael Phelps won eight (8) golds. Olga Korbut captured the hearts of many during the gymnastics competition. The Soviet Union defeated the US in basketball, a stunning development. The Soviet Union again won the medal count, with 99, 50 of which were gold.

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Spotlight on the Olympics — Summer 1912

Now that Boston (right down the road from us) was being considered, albeit for a short time, for the 2024 Olympics, for the first time I might add, let’s take a look at the places where the Olympics have been held over the years.

1912 Summer Olympics — The Olympics this year were held in Stockholm, Sweden, from May 5th to July 27th. Jim Thorpe won the Pentathlon as well as the newly created Decathlon. However, he was stripped of his medals for violating the rules of amateurism (he played two years of semi-pro baseball). The medals were later (1982) restored and replicas were awarded to his relatives (Thorpe had died 30 years earlier).

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Spotlight on the Olympics — Summer 1908

Now that Boston (right down the road from us) was being considered, at least for a short period of time, for the 2024 Olympics, for the first time I might add, let’s take a look at the places where the Olympics have been held over the years.

1908 Summer Olympics — These games were originally awarded to Rome, Italy. However, when Mt Vesuvius erupted in 1906 and wreaked havoc on Naples, Italy decided to spend their money on the disaster, so the Olympic committee gave the games to London, England. They were the longest in Modern History, beginning on April 27th and ending on October 31st. Great Britain dominated the medal count winning a total of 146 medals, 56 of them gold.

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Spotlight on the Olympics — Summer 1904

Now that Boston (right down the road from us) was, for a short time, being considered for the 2024 Olympics, for the first time I might add, let’s take a look at the places where the Olympics have been held over the years.

The third Modern Day Olympics were held in St Louis, Missouri, USA. The games were actually awarded to Chicago but the city of St Louis, which was hosting a World Exposition in 1904, threatened to steal the spotlight by having its own world games, so the Olympic committee relented and held the games here. Few world-class athletes came since the location was difficult to reach. The Olympics began on July 1st and ended on November 23rd. The United States dominated the competition with 239 medals, 78 of which were gold.

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Spotlight on the Olympics — Summer 1900

Now that Boston (right down the road from us) was briefly considered for the 2024 Olympics, for the first time I might add, let’s take a look at the places where the Olympics have been held over the years.

Summer 1900 — The games of the Second Olympiad were held in Paris, France. They were run in conjunction with the World’s Fair of 1900 and so lasted from May 14th to October 28th. This was the first Olympics in which women competed. France won the overall medal count with 101 and the French also garnered the most gold (26).

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Spotlight on the Olympics — Summer 1896

For those who wondered where I have been the past few days, we have been without power for two, long, agonizing days. It’s amazing what we take for granted and only appreciate when it is gone.

In honor of the fact that Boston (right down the road from us) was being considered for the 2024 Olympics, albeit short-lived, let’s take a look at the places where the Olympics have been held over the years.

Summer 1896 — The first Modern Day Olympics were held, appropriately, in Athens, Greece, not far from the location where the Ancient Olympics were held year after year. The games lasted from April 6th through the 15th and included participation from fourteen (14) countries (although that number is disputed). Most of the events took place at the Panathenaic Stadium, renovated for this occasion. Greece garnered the most medals (40) although the USA won the most gold (11).

 

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My Personal Cancer Journey — Successful Experiment

Our grand experiment was a success. We decided to push the envelope and make our annual pilgrimage to Saratoga Springs, NY, despite the fact that my energy level has been very low lately. I was almost dreading the trip because I didn’t feel confident that I could make the entire weekend. However, things worked out very well. Sure I was exhausted at the end of each day, but I was able to last.

Everyone in our group helped the cause by babying me. They dropped me off before parking so I wouldn’t have a long walk. They refused to let me carry heavy things. They made bets for me so that I didn’t have to get up very often.

Keep in mind that these are marathon days! We get up early and spend the entire day at the track, followed by dinner. Basically we do 12 hour days, with the time in between spent handicapping. I did have some difficulty focusing for long periods, but I got the job done and actually won a few bucks over the course of the weekend. I am so glad that we carried out our experiment and I feel reassured that I can handle an intense weekend.

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Travel Quotation 85 — George Winters

George Winters humorously said, “If God had really intended men to fly, he’d make it easier to get to the airport.”

So true, George, but I would slightly change your quote to accomodate the situation since 9-11-01. Now this should say, … he’d make it easier to get through the airport..

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Travel Quotation 84 — James Michener

Award-winning fiction writer, James Michener, expressed his sentiments about travel in this way. “If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion, and avoid the people, you might better stay home.”

Here is another in a long line of quotations which attempts to describe (in a rather negative way) the benefits of travel. Since travel is all about sampling the food, observing the customs, learning about the religion, and meeting the people, those who prefer to do none of these should stay home. Travel is simply not for them, and they will get nothing out of it. Thankfully, most humans are curious and courageous about a chance to immerse themselves in another culture..

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Travel Quotation 83 — Robert Benchley

American Humorist Robert Benchley indicates his disdain of children on airplanes with this quote, “In America there are two classes of travel — first class and with children.”

Certainly children can be extremely annoying on airplanes, especially the whiny ones. Perhaps someone should start a “family airline” where only parents with kids are allowed. Then, they can only annoy one another. I’m sure Robert Benchley would approve..

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