Sunday, July 31, 2016

July 31

Too preppy for words:

Vintage Olympic Heroes

Glenn Morris

Colorado native Glenn Morris (1912-1974) was a track and field athlete who won
a decathlon gold medal at the Berlin Olympics in 1936,
setting new world and Olympic records with a score of 7,900 points.
Winning the decathlon traditionally conveyed the title of "World's Greatest Athlete".

After receiving his medal and laurel from Eva Braun, Hitler’s mistress,
the Germans offered Morris $50,000 to remain in Germany
to appear in sports films, an offer Morris refused.
Instead, he returned to the USA to receive a ticker tape parade in New York City.

1938 saw the release of “Tarzan's Revenge”, a feature film
starring Glenn Morris as Tarzan.
Morris was the fourth Olympic athlete to portray Tarzan.
He completed only one additional movie before leaving
the film industry for good. 

Morris subsequently worked as an NBC sports commentator, a football player
for the Detroit Lions, an insurance agent
and completed a stint in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Bound for glory:

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