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What will you leave us this time

October 14, 2008

Let’s not worry about the fact that I spent my Sunday afternoon antiquing with my Grandma, Mother and Sister when the typical North American male was watching football.  What I will concern you with is the treasure I found amongst the vintage Coca-Cola signs and crusty furniture.  Towards the end of this particular outing I was sitting down resting my legs when my sister came over to me and asked me if I knew John Landy. I slowly made the connection in my burnt-out state and quickly became excited about the reason my sister would bring up Landy’s name in an antique store.  Around the corner there were a few stacks of magazines, one had this 1956 Sports Illustrated sitting atop.

The original price of 25 cents.  I spent 40 times that ($10), although I still think I got a deal.

The article starts off with coverage of a couple of U.S. races he did in 1956 prior to the Melbourne Olympics. The author then focuses on what he did between the 1954 Mile of the Century against Bannister and May of 1956.  He pretty much retired from the sport after his famous defeat from Bannister and slowly got back into running because of boredom and then evetually the passion to compete re-emerged. 

Almost as entertaining are some of the advertisements in the magazine. This one adorns the back of the magazine…


Many of the running trails in Ellicottville are very technical so, for the most part I stayed on the dirt roads.


  1. Dave K permalink
    October 16, 2008 10:17 am

    What a find!

  2. Skuj permalink
    October 18, 2008 11:27 pm

    Love the pics. (And the mag!)

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