Monday, August 4, 2008

1924 Olympics of "Chariots of Fire" Won Glory for Young Benjamin Spock and Yale Crew; Long Before He Became Dr. Spock, Baby-Boomer Pediatrician

The Olympics are being held in a faraway place this year, just as it seemed to young Benjamin Spock and his Yale Crew teammates who won the Gold Medal at the 1924 Paris Olympics. The 1924 Olympics were later celebrated in the movie "Chariots of Fire". A portrayal of the opening ceremony is clipped below. But one of the most delightful upsets for the Americans that year was the improbable victory of Ben Spock and his mates, who later were celebrated on the cover of Time magazine. The whole wonderful tale of this victory is recalled in "Dr. Spock: An American Life," which someday soon may be a movie too!


Winston Churchill in Cuba, A Master of Spying

Among those who once visited the Hotel Nacional in Havana was Winston Churchill, a subject of my last book WHEN LIONS ROAR. Today the hotel ...