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  • Answer Giver
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    Re: Gerry Lindgren.

    >>Lindgren has got to be one of the greatest enigma's in US distance
    >running
    >history. Ran incredibly well for a few years ...>>

    A few years?!
    >He made headlines/rankings in T&FN over a 10-year span, from his junior year in
    >high school ('63) through '72. Few Americans have ever had a LONGER career!

    Gary,
    I seem to remember reading something in the RW article about Gerry running injured in the 1964 OLG finals, when Billy Mills won. Can you post the results of that race?

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  • MJD
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    >yep that is Gerry's e-mail address...the gerrythejogger-email...

    and
    >although the story in Runners World seems interesting...then I felt it was
    >strange how they finally write about running history, but then not focusing on
    >the running part...

    That's interesting. Looking around the letsrun site looking for any information about its rumoured demise and find the following link:

    http://www.gerrylindgren.com/

    Which I notice has the same contact information as the gentleman who posted above and is also partially or completely run by him:

    "This site is © Copyright Gerry Lindgren/Christian Friis 2004-2005, All Rights Reserved"

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  • R. Sloane
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    I saw Gerry in the "High School 2 Mile" at the Cow Palace, in San Francisco, 1964. I was HS Junior at Berkeley High running track and X-Country. There were a couple of other notable HS runners in the race also. One was a James Ryun from East HS in Wichita, KS. Another was Ralph Gamez, a Freshman at Foothills HS. Ralph later transfered to Berkeley and in 1965 was part of our distance squad that posted a 7:44.2 2MR and 10:13.9 DMR. But that's another story.

    In the HS 2 Mile that night at the Cow Palace the program listed Gerry's qualifying time as "9:05?" the question mark was because the time was in doubt. Ryun's time was listed at 9:11. Mike Ryan from Wilcox HS in Santa Clara was also supposed to be in the race but didn't make it. He had posted a 9:08.

    When the race started Jim Ryun fell on the first turn, (an unfortunate trait that would haunt him later in his career)and by the time he got to his feet the other runners had completed the first lap of the 160y track. At the end of the race Gerry had run 9:00.0 and had lapped all other runners.... but one. Jim Ryun was the only runner to finish on the same lap, running 9:15. A few weeks later Gerry would run 8:40 truly one of the greatest HS runners in our history. Who can forget his thrashing of the Russians at Los Angeles in the 1964 US - USSR meet.

    Here's to you, Gerry... wherever you are.

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  • RMc
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    Re: Gerry Lindgren.

    >The (Some Oriental thing; gave a samari helmet as a prize; supposed to go to a
    >race inJapan too but got zapped out of it so a guy from Club NW could go) Games
    >Close enough??

    StinkyFoot

    Snow Blizzard (how should I know?)

    OK, 2 out of 3 ain't bad. (Her name is Tina). I would say that you're the guy...

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  • Friis
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    Re: Gerry Lindgren.

    yep that is Gerry's e-mail address...the gerrythejogger-email...

    and although the story in Runners World seems interesting...then I felt it was strange how they finally write about running history, but then not focusing on the running part...

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  • MJD
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    Re: Gerry Lindgren.

    If your ex got a chance to speak would she give an
    >impartial truth?

    Good point.

    I have
    >never know a good runner who was not wierd and unusual because you HAVE to be
    >wierd to do the impossible.

    Also a good point. Said the same thing to Kurt Francis on another thread.

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  • Lindgren
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    You guys will believe anything!
    Is Runner's World certified to judge mental competence?
    If your ex got a chance to speak would she give an impartial truth?
    No wonder America doesn't produce good distance runners any more. You guys hound and criticise and condemn anything out of the ordinary. Do you really think an ordinary person can change the world? I have never know a good runner who was not wierd and unusual because you HAVE to be wierd to do the impossible. Crazy, hell. You guys will believe anything!

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  • Lindgren
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    The (Some Oriental thing; gave a samari helmet as a prize; supposed to go to a race inJapan too but got zapped out of it so a guy from Club NW could go) Games Close enough??

    StinkyFoot

    Snow Blizzard (how should I know?)

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  • Runninghorse
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    I met and spoke with Gerry when he showed up at the Maui Mile back in 1988. I was the official starter. Strangely enough, he still ran with the same strange style - bunched arms crossing his body and short, fast steps. I remember when he first ran at Madison Square Garden back in the day. They gave him a box of flowers which he spread around the track after obliterating a two-mile field.

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  • MJD
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    I was really comparing their battles with the Russians which they are both famous for and their eccentric behaviour generally rather than how it specifically manifested itself. They also both "disappeared" so to speak. Not to mention that they both had success at an early age.

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  • RMc
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    Re: Gerry Lindgren.

    >Just read a review of(and ordered) Bobby Fischer Goes to War: How the Soviets
    >Lost the most Extraordinary Chess Match of All Time by David Edmonds and John
    >Eidinow and it hit me that GL and BF remind me of each other for a whole pile
    >of reasons.

    I read an article on Fischer last year in the Atlantic Monthly. I also met Lindgren a few years ago and got to know him, at least as an aquaintance. Fischer is driven by loneliness and even hate based on that article. Lindgren doesn't have a mean bone in his body. Fischer is absolutley brilliant, to the point of paranoia. Lindgren is a simpler man who was perhaps too trusing at times.

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  • MJD
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    Re: Gerry Lindgren.

    Just read a review of(and ordered) Bobby Fischer Goes to War: How the Soviets Lost the most Extraordinary Chess Match of All Time by David Edmonds and John Eidinow and it hit me that GL and BF remind me of each other for a whole pile of reasons.

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  • RMc
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    Re: Gerry Lindgren.

    >Gerry Lindgren (me) did indeed pop up in Hawaii. He can be reached at
    >[email protected]

    So the real Gerry Lindgren should be able to answer the following questions:

    In the winter of 1979, you won an outdoor race at the UW staged during an indoor meet at Hec Edmundsen. What was the distance and what was your time.

    You were managing a running shoe store at the time. What was the name and where was it located?

    We met through a mutual friend at the time, Bruce Blizard. Where did he work then (a general description counts) and what is his wife's name?

    You don't have to answer all of these questions correctly, but you should be able to get close.

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  • kuha
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    Yes, this article IS excellent--fascinating, disturbing, insightful, etc. It prompted me to buy my first copy of RW (which has, obviously, simply become a "lifestyle" mag) in about 8 years. Does Lindgren belong in the HoF? OF COURSE he does!

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  • MJD
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    Re: Gerry Lindgren.

    Everyone should read that-especially the RW bashers. It's very good. The "Never heard of me!" line is awfully
    reminiscent of the GL post here:

    http://www.trackandfieldnews.com/tfn/di ... sage=49209

    Do people think he belongs in the HoF?

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