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Swimmer Bill
October 30th, 2007, 07:20 PM
It's been talked about in other threads, but the topic deserves its own thread.

Who collects swimming memorabilia? What's in your collection? Pictures? Autographs? Ribbons? Medals? Here is the place to talk about objects and artifacts you have that relate to the history of the sport of swimming.

OK, I'll start. Since I seem to have a 'bad girl' thing going with a surprise Eleanor Holm autograph, I thought an autographed copy of FHM with Amanda Beard (World's Sexiest Athlete cover) would be an essential. I saw one today on eBay and bought it for $10.49. In my lifetime, it may achieve an auction value greater than that. :cane:

I may have to bring a copy of the Amanda issue of Playboy to the Olympic Trials (in a plain brown wrapper, of course) and hunt her down for an autograph. For lack of a better description, signed copies of FHM and Playboy would make a nice pair.

:kiss1:

meldyck
October 30th, 2007, 08:08 PM
Bill,

I've got an old lycra suit with an embroidered Arizona logo on it. I'll let you have it for $5 and throw in a free autograph.

BTW, you may not find Amanda at the Olympic trials, except as a spectator...

Swimmer Bill
October 30th, 2007, 08:19 PM
I've got an old lycra suit with an embroidered Arizona logo on it. I'll let you have it for $5 and throw in a free autograph.

Maybe, if it belonged to Amanda and was clean. Although I wouldn't want an Amanda Beard swimsuit for my own use, I'd probably send it to ISHOF.

meldyck
October 30th, 2007, 08:25 PM
Maybe, if it belonged to Amanda and was clean. Although I wouldn't want an Amanda Beard swimsuit for my own use, I'd probably send it to ISHOF.

Yeah,

I tried it on and it doesn't fit too well...

ALM
October 30th, 2007, 08:57 PM
I once got Amy Van Dyken's autograph for the daughter of a friend.

And I had a latex swim cap autographed by Janie Wagstaff. I learned the hard way that you shouldn't hang a used latex cap on your bulletin board at work. Apparently the light must have affected it. It got all sticky and gummy and I had to throw it away. :cry:

Anna Lea

Swimmer Bill
October 30th, 2007, 09:37 PM
Janie Wagstaff

Now there's a name I haven't heard much since 1992. Kansas City Blazers, right? She went 1:00.84 in the 100 meter back at the US Trials and was favored to win a medal in Barcelona. But she went about a second slower at the Olympics and didn't get an individual medal - although she did get a gold medal on the medley relay. I always wondered why she wasn't as fast in Barcelona, whether it was a change in training, the hot climate, or just the pressure.

Too bad about the cap. I'm paranoid about my Caulkins/Phelps and Meagher/Crocker caps, so I keep them in their original bags, out of the light, away from heat, and never use them for swimming. I've always wondered if there was something more I could do to preserve them.

Swimmer Bill
October 30th, 2007, 10:54 PM
Does anyone know someone who swam at Texas and graduated in 1988 (or went to the 88 Olympics)?

If so, I think I stumbled across the perfect gift - eBay item #300164179399.

Blackbeard's Peg
October 30th, 2007, 11:26 PM
I don't really collect much... I throw almost all my old meet programs away.
But when the Fina World Cup was at UMD back in '99, I volunteered doing some web-site work, and got to be on-deck. I bought a bunch of american flag caps, and got autographs from Ed Moses, Lenny Krazelburg, Neil Walker, Tom Dolan, Jenny Thompson, and a "Jeff - All the Best" from Dara Torres, who was just starting her first comeback.

I got Tom Dolan to autograph a couple of extras, one of which I gave to one of my kids one year when I coached, and the other I was saving, but gave to the blue muppet since she was jealous of my Lenny cap :-)

scyfreestyler
October 30th, 2007, 11:40 PM
We've had the opportunity to get some caps signed a time or two by Phelps, Lochte, and the Kirk sisters. We don't keep them around though, my daughter swims with them on a daily basis. The sheer number of Phelps autographed caps out there virtually guarantees that they will never be worth more than the latex they are manufactured from.

Swimmer Bill
October 31st, 2007, 12:41 AM
The sheer number of Phelps autographed caps out there virtually guarantees that they will never be worth more than the latex they are manufactured from.

Depends on how many actually survive...

waves101
October 31st, 2007, 08:46 AM
I don't collect, but I did save my 1985 Y-Nationals (age grouper) swim cap. It's still in the original plastic package. Never opened.

Michael Heather
October 31st, 2007, 08:56 AM
I have some sweats from the 1972 Olympics. From the Ecuadorean team (1 person). Not sure that constitutes a collection.

Rob Copeland
October 31st, 2007, 09:22 AM
We've had the opportunity to get some caps signed a time or two by Phelps, Lochte, and the Kirk sisters. We don't keep them around though, my daughter swims with them on a daily basis. The sheer number of Phelps autographed caps out there virtually guarantees that they will never be worth more than the latex they are manufactured from.I have an autographed photo of the president of USMS. It is rumored to be the only one in existence. I wonder what it’s worth…

SwimStud
October 31st, 2007, 09:41 AM
For years I had my mother's patch for a lifeguard/preservation qualification that she was the first woman to get. Now I'm not sure if that was national or more regional...I wish I knew where that patch was.

MegSmath
October 31st, 2007, 09:53 AM
I have an autographed photo of Lenny Krayzelburg. It says "Meg, I still remember the night of the championships. You were fantastic!! Warmest regards, Lenny."

I also have a photo Janet Evans autographed for my son that says "Go for the gold, Joey!"

And I have a picture of Josh Davis peeling off his Fastskin at Worlds (darn the luck, he had another suit on underneath).

slknight
October 31st, 2007, 10:08 AM
Somewhere I have a program with autographs from the 1980 Olympic Team. They came and did some kind of clinic or something at the long-defunct Starlit Aquatic Club in Fairfax, VA.

I also have pictures taken of me with Olympians from the 80s - me and Mary T., me and Rick Carey, me and Rowdy Gaines. I might have one of Steve Lundquist too.

Frank Thompson
October 31st, 2007, 11:30 AM
It's been talked about in other threads, but the topic deserves its own thread.

Who collects swimming memorabilia? What's in your collection? Pictures? Autographs? Ribbons? Medals? Here is the place to talk about objects and artifacts you have that relate to the history of the sport of swimming.

OK, I'll start. Since I seem to have a 'bad girl' thing going with a surprise Eleanor Holm autograph, I thought an autographed copy of FHM with Amanda Beard (World's Sexiest Athlete cover) would be an essential. I saw one today on eBay and bought it for $10.49. In my lifetime, it may achieve an auction value greater than that. :cane:

I may have to bring a copy of the Amanda issue of Playboy to the Olympic Trials (in a plain brown wrapper, of course) and hunt her down for an autograph. For lack of a better description, signed copies of FHM and Playboy would make a nice pair.

:kiss1:

Bill:

As you might know I am a big collector of Swimming Memorabilia. I used to get a lot of autographs but kind went into other areas of collecting. One of my prized autographs is getting a signiture, olympic trading card, and a picture of Dawn Fraser when she swam at the 1992 Master's Worlds in Indy. She knew and swam with a coach I had named Rex Aubrey, who was an NCAA Champion for Yale and swam in the 1956 Olympics and took 6th place in the 100 Meter Free for Australia. She was very friendly and nice. At that same meet I got a signiture from Kornelia Ender, who was swimming at the meet. I have many signitures from Rowdy Gaines on books he was in and gave him one of my extra books that he didn't have called Champions by Donald Chambliss because they refer to him a lot in the book. I have Don Schollander, Mark Spitz, Debbie Meyer, Steve Clark, Jim Montgomery, and Natalie Coughlin on books about them or they have been featured in. I have a couple of Michael Phelps signitures on programs but not on his two books and I hope to get those in the next year before the Omaha trials.

I have probably over 60 books on the history of the sport and that is where I learned a lot of the information that I contribute to here on this website. One area of collecting and I know maybe 8 other people like me in the world is collecting swimming on film. Since the VHS days and now the DVD days, I try to collect every major Swimming Championship I can. I trade with people in Europe and Australia. This is one area that I value because in other sports they show the old Championships but you never ever see swimming unless its an Olympic year and they might show clips here and there. On the NFL network and ESPN Classic, you can find almost every Super Bowl and NBA Championship game going back 50 years. I have never ever seen any swimming at all on the historical or sports networks.

For the past 7 out of 8 years, I bring the most important Championship of that year to the USAS Convention and show them in the master's hospitality suite for those that might have missed or just want to see the swims again. It has become a hit and I will keep doing it as long as the interest is there. Next year will be the 2008 Olympics and I plan to show those.

david.margrave
October 31st, 2007, 12:15 PM
They came and did some kind of clinic or something at the long-defunct Starlit Aquatic Club in Fairfax, VA.


I swam on the CURL team in '85-'86. I never made it to starlit but heard a lot of stories, manly how dilapidated the place was, tiles falling from the ceilings, etc.

slknight
October 31st, 2007, 12:25 PM
I swam on the CURL team in '85-'86. I never made it to starlit but heard a lot of stories, manly how dilapidated the place was, tiles falling from the ceilings, etc.

Yes, that place was a dump. I went to many age group meets there (late 70s/early 80s). The ceiling leaked like crazy and there were big rats in the locker room. It was a very fast pool though. For a long time after they had torn the pool down, you could still see the diving boards/platform standing there up on the hill.

BTW, I also swam for CURL from 85-87.

david.margrave
October 31st, 2007, 12:28 PM
BTW, I also swam for CURL from 85-87.

Haha! Starlit is legendary. Who was your coach? I swam with Pete Morgan at Providence Rec Center and Steve Ercolano at the Dunn Loring YMCA. Kerry Ellet and Jeff King showed up sometimes (westwood country club in Vienna in summers).

Swimmer Bill
October 31st, 2007, 12:31 PM
As I said in another thread, "Skip, you're amazing!"

(e-mail me some "Splashback" ideas!!)

I've been housecleaning - Mom's coming to visit over Thanksgiving. Yesterday I came across a signed magazine page of Anita Nall. It is a NIKE Technique Tip - Breaststroke demonstrated by Anita Nall. The inscription says,

"Bill, Thanks for having me here! :) Anita Nall

Anita came to a clinic we hosted at Tualatin Hills in 1998. I got my picture taken with her, too. Roque Santos was there, and he signed a "Just Do It" cap for me.

The other thing I came across was one of two small USA Olympic flags from the USOTC camp in Colorado Springs. This item is more pertinent to USMS history than Olympic history, but there is one Olympian's name on the flag - Jorge Gonzalez, a 1968 Olympian who swam for Puerto Rico and has participated in USMS competition. Other names include campers Tracy Grilli, Danielle Ogier, Heidi Kissel, Karl Wiedamann, Judy Tibma, Danilo Vicioso, Jon Klein, Richard Garrett, Jack Groselle, Barb Bos, and Barb Handler; and staff members Nancy Ridout, Kerry O’Brien, Scott Rabalais, Janet Renner, Mark Stoker and myself.

There’s a second flag from the following year’s camp, and that flag should be signed by 1968 Olympian Susan Jones Roy. But in case she didn’t sign it, I’ve got a copy of SWIM Magazine with Suzie on the cover, and she signed it personally. I’ll have to dig it up to get the inscription.


I have an autographed photo of Lenny Krayzelburg. It says "Meg, I still remember the night of the championships. You were fantastic!! Warmest regards, Lenny."

OMG! Is that how you ended up with 7 kids? Oh wait, Joey was seven years old….d’oh…nvr mind…

TRYM_Swimmer
October 31st, 2007, 01:13 PM
We had some early Masters Long Course meets at Starlit in the mid '70s. The building wasn't much, but no rats then. It was a fast pool. The main thing I remember was the overflow gutters were so big that the young kids could hide in them. No backwash from them!

I have a T-shirt from the first ever New Zealand Masters Swim Meet, 1974, in Matamata, more recently famous as the home to Hobbiton in the Lord of the Rings films. It was held in a 100 ft. pool. Still have the results somewhere showing me winning the 33 1/3 yd. Breaststroke!

Swimmer Bill
October 31st, 2007, 02:34 PM
T-shirts! Now there's an interesting category of swimming memorabilia. We could probably put on an exhibit at ISHOF with all the shirts Skip has from past USMS Nationals.

I had a T-shirt quilt made by Andrea Funk (and signed) using T-shirts from before the year 2000, but I still have all my Nationals T-shirts going back to 1992. I should have 24 if I got one at every nationals, which I think I did. Once I have enough, I'm getting back in touch with Andrea.

There was another T-shirt quilt on display at the 2003 USMS Short Course Nationals in Tempe (in The Victor booth). They were asking if anyone could guess whose it was, and I got it right - Graham Johnston. I recall the "Dad's Club" logo was the tip-off on that one.

Here's a link to the article about Andrea Funk in SWIMMER:

http://www.usmsswimmer.com/200503/lifelessons.pdf

...and a link to her T-shirt quilting business:

http://www.toocooltshirtquilts.com/

swimshark
October 31st, 2007, 02:42 PM
Somewhere at my parents house I have a bunch of things signed by John Nabor. He taught a clinic on backstroke when I was around 7 or 8 (so 1977 or 78) and signed some stuff for me. Yes, John Nabor taught me backstroke but you wouldn't know it if you saw me now.

I also have an autograph from Dara. It's from 2001.

I currently swim under Joel "Cy" Cyganiewicz who coached Tracey Caulkins. Nothing signed by him but he did some drawings for me (he's a great artist)

Alison

Swimmer Bill
October 31st, 2007, 02:55 PM
John Naber was doing television reports at the '04 Trials. I met him - great guy, didn't get his autograph - but have a funny memory. He swam backstroke on an exhibition relay with Janet Evans anchoring. The funny thing was, he slipped on the start and basically started from a dead halt. Much uproarious commentary followed about the Olympic gold medal backstroker and his starting prowess.

swimshark
October 31st, 2007, 03:22 PM
The funny thing was, he slipped on the start and basically started from a dead halt. Much uproarious commentary followed about the Olympic gold medal backstroker and his starting prowess.

Sadly, sounds like my start, which he helped teach me. Yes, he even held me around the waist to teach me to bend backwards on the start.

Alison

TheGoodSmith
October 31st, 2007, 05:44 PM
I would like to find a pair of late 1960's early 1970's big black rubber goggles with the old glass lenses that can pop out. Some were circular and some were triangular in shape. The rubber was thick like diver's gear and the straps were adjustable with thick rubber notches.

I would look great strappin' on a pair of those puppies for the final heat of the 50 free at Austin masters nationals !


John Smith

ALM
October 31st, 2007, 06:02 PM
T-shirts! I had a T-shirt quilt made by Andrea Funk...

Bill,

Could you post a photo of your t-shirt quilt? I'd love to see it.

Anna Lea

jim clemmons
October 31st, 2007, 06:11 PM
Too bad about the cap. I'm paranoid about my Caulkins/Phelps and Meagher/Crocker caps, so I keep them in their original bags, out of the light, away from heat, and never use them for swimming. I've always wondered if there was something more I could do to preserve them.

If they are latex and if latex is compatible with resin or acrylic, you could have them cast within one of the substances and use them as a display or paperweight. At least that way you could look at them. It's a bummer to have something you can't enjoy because of its sensitivity.

Swimmer Bill
October 31st, 2007, 06:26 PM
OMG, I just found more stuff!!

There's a Race Club sticker and party invitation to the Race Club hosted Olympic Trials party at Smooth's (2004 Trials). I also have the light-up pendant that one of the Corona Girls gave me at the party. Had I been smart about it I would've gotten Gary Jr.'s autograph on the invitation. Will have to track him down at some point...

What a wild party! Kaitlin Sandeno and Ryan Lochte were causing a scene on the dance floor, but the party ended abruptly when the booze ran out. Afterwards, I escorted a lovely young lady several blocks to another bar, and she had my arm (and ear) the whole way. Her name? Beth Botsford.

But the real cache today was a complete set of box seat passes to the 2004 Olympic Trials, unearthed in my office closet. All Box 40 Seat 3. The location was front row, directly behind lane four, at the finishing end - and during the Trials it was affectionately known as the "Masters" box.

We were surrounded by Olympians: Janet Evans had the box next door, Brian Goodell and Rowdy Gaines stopped by, Gail Roper was with us, and Brendan Hansen visited to get a better look at Aaron Piersol breaking the world record. Phelps, Coughlin, Beard, Crocker, Hoff, Lochte, Jenny Thompson...all parading around on deck just a few steps away.

That's the best thing about memorabilia - the memories attached to it.

So, what's the best way to archive and conserve this type of souvenir?

talne621
October 31st, 2007, 06:34 PM
I have Rachel Komisarz and Cullen Jones' autograph.

Swimmer Bill
October 31st, 2007, 06:44 PM
Bill,

Could you post a photo of your t-shirt quilt? I'd love to see it.

Anna Lea

I will if I can locate one...if not, I'll take one. The thing is huge! Fits a king-sized bed.

Stillhere
November 1st, 2007, 10:00 AM
As a small boy growing up in Coral Gables, FL I used to attend Univ. of Miami swim meets at the Biltmore Hotel along with the old time water shows. I got both Duke Kahanamoku & Johnny Weissmuller's autograph there.

The coolest swimming memorabilia I ever saw was Graham Johnston's wood kick board he used as a young boy in South Africa. It is on display in the ISHOF in Fort Lauderdale. Priceless....

ande
November 1st, 2007, 11:38 AM
I need to look through my belongings and see what swimming memorabilia I have, I should have been a much better autograph hound with all the great swimmers who came to austin over the years

I do have a book of unused tickets to the
1980 US Olympic swimming Trials that got cancelled
my guess is
most people who had them tossed them or lost them

Many years ago my wife and I were eating at a restuarant in Austin and Mary Lou Retton walked in, (she went to UT) we left before she did and walked past her convertable corvette, we were tempted to snag the pillows she had in her seat to boost her up high enough to see over the dash board, but we left them there and missed out on having a great living room conversation piece.


It's been talked about in other threads, but the topic deserves its own thread.

Who collects swimming memorabilia? What's in your collection? Pictures? Autographs? Ribbons? Medals? Here is the place to talk about objects and artifacts you have that relate to the history of the sport of swimming.

OK, I'll start. Since I seem to have a 'bad girl' thing going with a surprise Eleanor Holm autograph, I thought an autographed copy of FHM with Amanda Beard (World's Sexiest Athlete cover) would be an essential. I saw one today on eBay and bought it for $10.49. In my lifetime, it may achieve an auction value greater than that. :cane:

I may have to bring a copy of the Amanda issue of Playboy to the Olympic Trials (in a plain brown wrapper, of course) and hunt her down for an autograph. For lack of a better description, signed copies of FHM and Playboy would make a nice pair.

:kiss1:

shark
November 1st, 2007, 12:12 PM
When The Ohio State University built their new facility, the old one Larkins Hall was bulldozed to make room for a new Student Rec Center. Before the building was raised, OSU was selling everything from the Mike Peppe Aquatic Center in Larkins Hall. I ran into OSU Coach Bill Wadley and asked him what was left from the sale. He let me know that really all that was left were the blocks to lanes #2-6. I asked why anyone would want the slow lane of #1, and to put me down for block #3. Well, I purchased it and installed it on the deck of my backyard pool next to the diving board. So, it is the block that Barrowman, Dolan and any other Olympian from the Big Ten between the years of '88 and 2005 started off of. My son's use it everyday during the summer. Needless to say, their oldman trys to correct all mistakes between games of Catch. Being born and raised in Ohio, the Buckeyes were ingrained into me. Living in Columbus, it is like having a goal post of swimming in my backyard. My sons also have autographs of Klete Keller and Diana Munz.

Swimmer Bill
November 1st, 2007, 01:58 PM
I found the second flag, and there was the signature of camper and '68 US Olympian Suzy Jones-Roy. Campers and staff included one Ransom Arthur Award winner (Nancy Ridout, Camp Director), two soon-to-be winners (campers Sandi Rousseau and Betsy Durrant), one Coach of the Year (Scott Rabalais), and the future USMS Online Registration guy (Dan Wegner). Other signatures include campers Tom Emison, Bill Winters, Robert Carr, Sharon Wencel, Lee Mac Donald, Robert Goldbloom, Kathy Garnier, and Susanne Simpson; and staff members Mark Stoker, Janet Renner, Don Mehl, and myself.

In looking at the two flags, it was interesting to see where people signed their names. Suzy Jones-Roy signed her name inside the blue Olympic ring, with "Suzy Jones-" on one line, and "Roy" just below the "Jones". Jorge Gonzalez was outside the rings. Tracy Grilli, in true Red Sox spirit, was out in left field and fellow New Englander Barb Handler was deep in right field.

The first flag, with:


one Olympian's name on the flag - Jorge Gonzalez, a 1968 Olympian who swam for Puerto Rico and has participated in USMS competition. Other names include campers Tracy Grilli, Danielle Ogier, Heidi Kissel, Karl Wiedamann, Judy Tibma, Danilo Vicioso, Jon Klein, Richard Garrett, Jack Groselle, Barb Bos, and Barb Handler; and staff members Nancy Ridout, Kerry O’Brien, Scott Rabalais, Janet Renner, Mark Stoker and myself.

...was done in Sharpie marker, which bled a little when using on thin nylon fabric. The second flag was signed in ballpoint pen. Both flags are marked at the left binding "EMERSON USA 36USC 380"

I signed my name in the green ring on the first flag, my first camp, when I was an assistant coach; and in the black ring on the second flag the following year, when I was head coach.

And I don't believe we had a flag signing for my third camp in 2004, when I went as an athlete. If there was such a flag, names would include campers Nadine Day, A.J. Block, Laura Winslow, Kim Crouch, Mary Sweat, Sue Halfacre, Keith Hoffman, Brant Allen, Matt Kanzler, Adam Craun, Paul Trevisan and myself; and staff members Nancy Ridout, Bob Bruce, Scott Williams, Randy Nutt, and Steve, the human pretzel-maker.

I should pick up a flag and track everybody down. It was a priceless experience, and the group had incredible chemistry and lots of fun.


I do have a book of unused tickets to the 1980 US Olympic swimming Trials that got cancelled my guess is most people who had them tossed them or lost them

If I had those, I'd offer them to ISHOF. This type of item should be considered an important cross-collectible for those interested in swimming, sports, Olympics and politics.

swimshark
November 1st, 2007, 02:26 PM
When The Ohio State University built their new facility, the old one Larkins Hall was bulldozed to make room for a new Student Rec Center. Before the building was raised, OSU was selling everything from the Mike Peppe Aquatic Center in Larkins Hall. I ran into OSU Coach Bill Wadley and asked him what was left from the sale. He let me know that really all that was left were the blocks to lanes #2-6. I asked why anyone would want the slow lane of #1, and to put me down for block #3. Well, I purchased it and installed it on the deck of my backyard pool next to the diving board. .

Brian that is REALLY cool.

Alison

Swimmer Bill
November 1st, 2007, 03:32 PM
That IS cool!

OK, so I have to admit I've been keeping a secret the last couple days...

On Tuesday, I purchased an extraordinary item on eBay:

Item #170162362766 - four personal scrapbooks that belonged to Aileen Riggin, listed by a seller in Zurich, Switzerland. It was a "Buy it Now" auction, and after I picked myself up off the floor, I clicked "Buy it Now" immediately.

...have already discussed with Bruce Wigo...

:drink::wine:

Swimmer Bill
November 1st, 2007, 08:22 PM
I have three pictures to post of the Aileen Riggin scrapbooks. Here is the first.

Swimmer Bill
November 1st, 2007, 08:24 PM
Here is the second picture of the Alieen Riggin scrapbooks.

Swimmer Bill
November 1st, 2007, 08:27 PM
...and here is the third picture of the Aileen Riggin scrapbooks...

jpheather
November 1st, 2007, 08:37 PM
Let's see, I've got multiple copies of Mark Spitz's signature, Lenny Krayzleburg, too. And probably a bunch more Olympians. I'd have to wade through lots of boxes in my storage container to find most of them (they're SPMA registrations!). They are staying right where they are.

I got Gary Hall, Jr to sign a copy of his first ever Masters World Record application. The Hy-tek system at Mission Viejo nationals printed out two copies (one because it was a USMS record, the other because it was a USMS record). Since I only needed to submit one I got him to autograph the other and got my picture taken with him. He had set some SCY records before that meet, but this was his first World record.

Swimmer Bill
November 1st, 2007, 08:48 PM
That's cool, Julie!

Before I forget, I wanted to mention that ISHOF currently has a special photo exhibit and story about Aileen Riggin on its web site.

Story: http://www.ishof.org/exhibits/pdf/aileen_riggin.pdf
Photo Exhibit: http://www.ishof.org/exhibits/riggin_exhibit.htm

For those who don't know about Aileen, she's worthy of a good, long web surf. I was fortunate to have met her twice, and flirted with her once.

david.margrave
November 1st, 2007, 11:42 PM
I've posted this before in a different thread but here it is again. Brian Goodell from a swim camp I went to in Bozeman, MT in 1982

http://forums.usms.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=666&d=1188456211

Swimmer Bill
November 2nd, 2007, 10:48 AM
So David, are you in the picture? If so, which one are you?

shark
November 2nd, 2007, 01:27 PM
Brian that is REALLY cool.

Thanks! The best thing about it, it was about 20% the cost of a brand new one ordered from Keifer. With history to boot.

Swimmer Bill
November 2nd, 2007, 01:34 PM
I'm curious, are you doing anything in particular to maintain and preserve the starting block? Also, do you keep a written record of the provenance?

shark
November 2nd, 2007, 07:28 PM
I keep it covered during the summer unless we are using it and removed and bagged in my garage during the winter. It is a pretty hardy stainless steel block with nonslip material on top. I believe it was homemade by the Engineering Department of OSU. Larkins Hall was built in 1922 and had the high flat walls. So the block is short but pretty indestructable. I believe it was installed sometime in the mid 80's. We keep age group records in all events the home PC. Down and back is quite close to being equivalent to 25 meters. My 10 year old son holds all of the 10 and under records. I own all of the male 35-39 and 40-45 records. My wife holds all of the 35-39 age records. My next door neighbor's daughter holds all of the girls 10 and under records. We use a set of Harley Davidson flags we picked up at the local dealership. We have quite a swim meet while the parents are kicking back drinking margarita's. It becomes quite fun and usually finishes with a late night game of water volleyball.

david.margrave
November 2nd, 2007, 07:37 PM
So David, are you in the picture? If so, which one are you?

No, I was in a different part of the picture. It's a big picture with probably 70 people, mostly kids, and didn't want to post the whole thing (it would be huge).

Bags
November 11th, 2007, 12:41 PM
Waves, did you go to GP South, by chance?

ALM
November 11th, 2007, 01:46 PM
We keep age group records in all events the home PC. Down and back is quite close to being equivalent to 25 meters. My 10 year old son holds all of the 10 and under records. I own all of the male 35-39 and 40-45 records. My wife holds all of the 35-39 age records...

May I come over to your house? I want to set all of the women's 45-49 records. It will probably be the only time in my life I ever hold records. :)

Anna Lea