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Bob Fouts : Like Father, Like Son?

What kind of attitudes does it take to be a winning parent, to raise five children into responsible adults, at least one of them as highly principled and accomplished as Hall of Fame Quarterback Dan Fouts (San Diego Chargers)? To find the answer, I flew to San Francisco where Bob Fouts worked both as Public Relations Consultant to the Social Security Administration and as a Sportscaster for CBS. This article first appeared in Winners Magazine in the early 1980′s.

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Casey Blake: A Hit in His Community

A four sport star in high school, a three-time Division I NCAA All-American, two-time Academic All-American, 13 year Major League baseball player, and the preeminent charitable human being in his community, Casey Blake excelled in between the white lines on the field, and he swung for the fences off the diamond where he became a generous humanitarian, a pillar of his appreciative community.

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Interview: Hall of Fame Jockey Bill Shoemaker: Part 2 Of 2

I conducted thiw interview with Hall of Fame Jockey, Bill Shoemaker and his wife, Cindy, in June 1980 at both Hollywood Park and at his home in San Marino, California. At that time, Shoemaker, a legend in Thoroughbred Racing, had won more races — more than 8000 — and more money — more than $82 million — than any jockey in the history of the sport. He has won virtually every stakes race in America including 4 Kentucky Derbies, 2 Preaknesses, 5 Belmonts and 11 Triple Crowns.. Among Shoemaker’s record-breaking totals are 10 National Money Titles and 5 championships as the Year’s Winningest Rider. He won in England, Ireland, South Africa and Argentina; and he won purses of more than $123 million. He also owned every major Delmar Racetrack record including seven seasonal titles.

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Interview: Hall of Fame Jockey Bill Shoemaker: Part 1 Of 2

I conducted thiw interview with Hall of Fame Jockey, Bill Shoemaker and his wife, Cindy, in June 1980 at both Hollywood Park and at his home in San Marino, California. At that time, Shoemaker, a legend in Thoroughbred Racing, had won more races — more than 8000 — and more money — more than $82 million — than any jockey in the history of the sport. He has won virtually every stakes race in America including 4 Kentucky Derbies, 2 Preaknesses, 5 Belmonts and 11 Triple Crowns.. Among Shoemaker’s record-breaking totals are 10 National Money Titles and 5 championships as the Year’s Winningest Rider. He won in England, Ireland, South Africa and Argentina; and he won purses of more than $123 million. He also owned every major Delmar Racetrack record including seven seasonal titles.

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Celebrity Interview: Pat Casey — How We Build a Winning Team

It is now 2011 and Pat Casey has brought the Beavers back to 1st Place in the Pac-10 and, more than likely, to the NCAA playoffs for the 6th time in the last 7 years. In that same period, they have won the National Championship twice. Based on how the comebacks that won those championships were made, the Beavers appear to be a team that only knows how to succeed when it can come from behind. Can they still do it when they are in 1st Place? I interviewed Pat Casey back in September, 2007. Why are they still the team to beat? When you read the below interview, conducted 3 ½ years ago, the phrase “Déjà vu” comes roaring to mind…)

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Celebrity Interview: Ozzie Smith, Hall of Fame Shortstop, Fights Corporate Power

America is no longer a Democracy. It has become a Corporatocracy ruled by Multinational Corporations. 29 years ago, before the multinational corporations ascended into world rule, life was simpler. We only had to fight against local corporate greed. Our strongest weapon were unions who had the power to strike, to affect the corporate control, to force changes.

29 years ago, the Professional Baseball Players Union called for such a strike and one of the its most outspoken leaders was a young shortstop named Ozzie Smith. I had the honor of interviewing him in July, 1981. The following interview, reprinted from the Winners Hall of Fame, are the thoughts he shared with me ….

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Fiction: The Goalie, Part 2

Fiction. Final Installment — The game was Sunday so Saturday was their day for shopping and watching the sights. They walked thru town to the tune of cars honking their way along the street, youths hanging out the windows holding banners or flags of Japan or Argentina. Fans walked wearing their colors – It’s-a-boy blue and white for Argentina and the red rising-sun-on-white for Japan. Many wore the flags of their countries as capes. Faces were painted with the colors of their teams. At a sidewalk café a group of young boys crowded around a table that appeared to belong to some of the Argentine players.

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The Goalie — New World Cup Fiction

New Fiction by Reggie Johnson set against the backdrop of the World Cup in Toulouse, France …

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Mary Ayotte-Law : OSU Gymnast Is Enshrined in The Hall of Fame

The era of the 1970s-early 1980s was an historical turning point; it was the time that women athletes were finally given the equality they longed for. Mary Ayotte-Law, Oregon State University gymnastics champion, was fortunate to be at her peak during that period. “We’re celebrating the 30th anniversary of Title IX here at Oregon State next month, and I look at Title IX and the opportunity that it opened for women in athletics, and I think I was really blessed,” she said.

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