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  • Olympic/Lit Connection

    Name a famous, still living, American writer/author whose father once was on the US Oly team in T&F. He did not medal but placed well.

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    Some hints then. He is no friend of Norman Mailer.
    He wrote "Burr", "Lincoln", "Myra Breckinridge",
    "Julian", "Washington D.C.", "Duluth".
    He was somehow related to Jackie Kennedy.

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    • #3
      Re: Olympic/Lit Connection

      Obviously Gore Vidal.

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      • #4
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        per you did not give us a hint, you dropped it on our heads ! So now, tell us "the rest of the story."

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        • #5
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          Gore Vidal's father was Eugene L. Vidal. A Eugene Vidal, USA, placed 7th in the decathlon at the 1920 games.

          Vidal was only a couple hundred points out of 3rd. Helge Lovland of Per's NOR was 1st, Brutus Hamilton, Cal's great, long time coach (and USA Olympic team coach at Helsinki) was 2nd.

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          • #6
            Re: Olympic/Lit Connection

            A bit hasty maybe, but anyway, Gore Vidal's father Was Gene Vidal who finished 7th in the 1920 Decathlon. Both father and son went to West Point and the father was an All-American footbal player.
            I once saw Vidal going after Mailer on the old Dick Cavett show. That impressed me since Mailer had been hanging out with Jose Torres and Ali and knew quite a bit about Boxing.

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            • #7
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              Mailer thought of himself as a fighter (thus the book on the Ali-Foreman fight), but his ego was larger than his physique (so Vidal was probably safe going after him on the Dick Cavett show). Mailer's ego was similar to that of Orson Welles. After his honeymoon night with Rita Hayworth, she was (later) quoted as saying "I think he expected an ovation".

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              • #8
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                To complete the "rest of the story," Gore Vidal's parents were divorced at some point and his mother married Hugh Auchincloss. They were then divorced and Auchincloss married Jacqueline Bouvier's mother. That is how Gore Vidal was "related" to Jackie K. Hardly a blood relation. (On the other hand, Vidal apparently is a distant cousin of Al Gore.)

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                • #9
                  Re: Olympic/Lit Connection

                  Thanks for the comments from all of you.
                  In the 70's writers like Vidal and Mailer were still superstars. Imagine that happening today!

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                  • #10
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                    • #11
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                      That calls for a chorus of The Let's All Call Up AT&T and Protest to the President March.

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