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Track or Marriage?

Postby dj » Thu Aug 30, 2012 8:06 am

Heres an item from the Chicago Daily Tribune, Aug. 22, 1922:

MRS. MURCHISON ASKS DIVORCE
St. Louis, Mo., Aug. 21--Suit for divorce was filed in Circuit court today against Loren Murchison, star sprinter of the Illinois A.C. of Chicago, by Geneva Murchison, who alleges he was more devoted to athletics than to her.

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Pretty much sums it up!
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Re: Track or Marriage?

Postby Marlow » Thu Aug 30, 2012 8:15 am

My wife gave in to my addiction a long, long time ago. She's been around the USA (and world) to meets, and appreciates the piece and quiet around the house when I'm engaged in a web-cast. She got lots of good work accomplished while the Olympics were on. :wink:
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Re: Track or Marriage?

Postby Conor Dary » Thu Aug 30, 2012 8:58 am

Wasn't there an Ira Murchison who was a sprinter with UCTC back in the 1950's?
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Re: Track or Marriage?

Postby lonewolf » Thu Aug 30, 2012 9:17 am

Conor Dary wrote:Wasn't there an Ira Murchison who was a sprinter with UCTC back in the 1950's?

That is who I thought of when I saw the name Murchison.. then noted the date, 1922, could be his Ira's father.
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Re: Track or Marriage?

Postby rhymans » Thu Aug 30, 2012 9:44 am

Loren was caucasian, and Ira was not. Both won relay Olympic gold medals - Loren in 1920 and 1924, and Ira in 1956.

As far as track fans are concerned, my wife sees them as ranging from almost normal (DJ, GH, myself occasionally) to anorak clad train spotters.
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Re: Track or Marriage?

Postby Marlow » Thu Aug 30, 2012 9:54 am

rhymans wrote:to anorak clad train spotters.

Like me jotting down some times at a local Jr Hi meet?

http://classinacoat.typepad.com/.a/6a01 ... 970b-800wi
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Re: Track or Marriage?

Postby gh » Fri Aug 31, 2012 9:29 am

rhymans wrote:L....
As far as track fans are concerned, my wife sees them as ranging from almost normal (DJ, GH, myself occasionally) to anorak clad train spotters.


scarier than an anorak-clad train spotter are the (for lack of a better word) "airframe geeks."

I was once travelling between baseball games with some NBC types and while in the waiting area, one of their frequent-flyer cameramen pulled out a notepad and started checking the fuselage numbers on the planes outside:

"Ahh... 692-LTD; skidded off a runway at O'Hare in July of '87.... 411-XBY; left aileron came off between Dallas and New Orleans, August of '93...."

Only slightly unsettling!

(I'm sure there must be whole websites devoted to this kind of thing)
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Re: Track or Marriage?

Postby tandfman » Fri Aug 31, 2012 1:34 pm

gh wrote:(I'm sure there must be whole websites devoted to this kind of thing)

http://ezinearticles.com/?Aircraft-Regi ... id=5317524

Aircraft spotting is a massive hobby across the entire Earth. It is a kind of collector's hobby where people look for aircraft at various airports and document or photograph what they find. Aircraft spotters will often visit airports whenever they travel and spend time watching aircraft movements, the information they gather is often uploaded into databases or forums where other spotters share what they find.
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Re: Track or Marriage?

Postby Cooter Brown » Fri Aug 31, 2012 5:30 pm

I can think of at least 6 people I know that got divorced because of pole vaulting (coaching or competing).
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Re: Track or Marriage?

Postby gm » Fri Aug 31, 2012 8:38 pm

Cooter Brown wrote:I can think of at least 6 people I know that got divorced because of pole vaulting (coaching or competing).


Thank goodness you clarified...
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Re: Track or Marriage?

Postby user4 » Sat Sep 01, 2012 11:53 am

The story is much sadder still: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loren_Murchison
a few years after the bitter divorce and ... with two gold medals from 1920 and 1924 (4x100) he goes into 1925 and .....

... In 1925 Murchison was struck with spinal meningitis and paralyzed from the waist down for the rest of his life.[1]
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Re: Track or Marriage?

Postby Mighty Favog » Tue Sep 04, 2012 6:34 pm

tandfman wrote:
gh wrote:(I'm sure there must be whole websites devoted to this kind of thing)

http://ezinearticles.com/?Aircraft-Regi ... id=5317524

Aircraft spotting is a massive hobby across the entire Earth. It is a kind of collector's hobby where people look for aircraft at various airports and document or photograph what they find. Aircraft spotters will often visit airports whenever they travel and spend time watching aircraft movements, the information they gather is often uploaded into databases or forums where other spotters share what they find.
If memory serves me, some embarrassing information about US government actions not in accordance with international treaties were discovered by these types of seemingly innocuous information exchanges about airplanes.
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