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  • Zat0pek
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    Originally posted by SQUACKEE
    Neither one of us knows if Zatopek's memories are true. Why assume they are not? Why? :?
    They're true.

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  • EPelle
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    Originally posted by SQUACKEE
    Originally posted by Zat0pek
    Originally posted by zzbottom
    I'm speaking a truth which is ostensibly beyond your capacity to comprehend based on your defensive response...
    No, you speak from utter and complete ignorance because you disrespected my late father, a man whom you never met and do not know.
    I think the many guys with so-so dads are not posting . The few who posted in this thread are most likely very sincere.
    There are other alternatives as well, like not opening every thread which is posted.

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  • SQUACKEE
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    Thanx Mark, are you sure this isnt from some fabulous British movie script?

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  • marknhj
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    My Dad lurks around this board, so...

    I was talking to him on Sunday and told him of a book I'd just finished. I thought he'd enjoy it and recommended he read it. He replied that he doesn't have much time because, " I'm down the track or gym every morning or afternoon. Then I have to do my shopping, clean the house, make my lunch and dinner, do my washing, read the BBC and The Times online. Anyway I have tendency to doze off when I'm reading these days. I'll make a note and read it when I retire from athletics in a few years and have more time." He'll be 88 in November...

    A couple of years ago he mentioned his back was bothering him. I asked how he'd hurt it and he replied, "Jumping off the back of a truck in Libya in 1942. Never been the same since."

    Last November we were at AIS in Canberra and were heading over to the track. A girl walked past in athletic kit, smiled and said hi. He did a bit of a double take and said, "Nice looking bird. Wonder what event she does?" "Dad, that was Tamsyn Lewis".

    I remember visiting him in hospital when we lived in Hong Kong. He'd had the cartilage removed from his knee. When I was a little older he told me how he'd torn it, "Playing a bar game with some visiting Aussies in the Officer's Mess. We'd draw two lines on the bar floor under the ceiling fan. Then someone would chuck an empty beer can into the fan and there was a mass scrum and fight to retrieve the can. Unfortunately I got there first and all the Aussies landed on top off me. The Aussies are all right though, I've got on well them since I was in North Africa in the War. A group of them came back to our base drunk once when I was in charge of the guard. When we challenged them they told us to **** off and called us pommie bastards. I ordered the guard to fix bayonets then told the Aussies to come and try it. After a minute we all had a good laugh and got on famously the rest of the time there".

    In the 1990's, when he was still in the UK and involved with the national coaching set-up, he called me after returning from a meet in Europe with a group of HJers. "Had a great time but I can barely walk. Buggered up my knees". "How did you do that?". "Well, we'd had a few and I found myself cossack dancing with Juantorena and Sotomayor"

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  • SQUACKEE
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    I just think it is so gutsy and honest for some of our members in this club to come forth with their hearts and let their guard down with emotional memories of their father. I was afraid a troll or some negative nay-sayer would find this opportunity to pounce and they did.

    Why go through life so negative. Why assume the worst. I just dont see what that gets ZZ. Neither one of us knows if Zatopek's memories are true. Why assume they are not? Why? :?

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  • mojo
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    Re: Your Dad

    Originally posted by bambam

    Squackee - I was sorry to read your post as well. But from your posts on this board, knowing you a bit from them, I have a feeling your son will say that to you someday.
    He will probably add something about his dad being crazy (but in a good way) too. :lol: :wink:


    From all accounts Squack is the kinda dad any kid would love to have.

    He gives very cool presents too.

    Anyway I know I made some side comments about some of the posters here and I am sorry because I think we should keep this thread about fathers. It has been so positive thus far. Maybe commnets like the ones I made could go on some other thread?


    Let's not ruin bambam's.

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  • guru
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    Originally posted by bambam
    Paddy, that is not the point. It is a matter of being sensitive to people's feelings. You should join ZZ in a vacation.

    Apparently, the ban doesn't apply to zz's IP address.

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  • Marlow
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    Originally posted by paddysiam
    I guess some fragile egos or people incapable of understanding his point took exception, . . . But it looks like the truth set you free, ZZ. It's not like it's punishment to be told you cannot interact with your inferiors.
    Wow - paddy, you don't post often, but when you do, they are pearls of wisdom. From one of your previous 20 posts:

    Originally posted by paddysiam
    I am not included in the category of the know-nothings who hold forth, and unfortunately they know not who they are, by definition, which logic dictates could include me, but I assure you, if for no other reason than the first few clauses of this sentence, I am precluded from admission into the club of know-nothings who hold forth here.
    We know-nothings are indeed blessed by your presence . . . if we were only astute enough to recognize your sagacity! :roll:

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  • bambam
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    Originally posted by paddysiam
    ZZ's point was clear to me. He was obviously making a comment akin to Keillor's Lake Wobegon, where all the children are above average. However, I guess some fragile egos or people incapable of understanding his point took exception, and then the moderator apparently wanted to protect the less discerning from the truth. But it looks like the truth set you free, ZZ. It's not like it's punishment to be told you cannot interact with your inferiors.
    Paddy, that is not the point. It is a matter of being sensitive to people's feelings. Maybe you feel that is not important because the board has you removed from people in a personal way. There are a lot of things that are true, and they may set you free, but you shouldn't always say them. And if you want to build yourself up by calling us less discerning so be it. You should join ZZ in a vacation.

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  • bambam
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    I'll tell a few more stories about my Dad, who I did really love, but to temper the tone of this a bit, I will point out that later in his life he became an alcoholic and really had some problems as a result.

    I started 1st grade kinda young - I was only 5 years old, and I was the smallest kid in class. In January a new kid moved in to that small town and I did not know him previously. He was the biggest kid in class and a bully, named Big Bill - I was little Bill. And he spent the whole spring semester beating me up regularly. My father confronted his father and him but nothing came of it. So Dad took matters into his own hands - and the right way. He called Uncle Ed - Ed Watson - his uncle, who had been a professional boxer. Ed came out the summer between 1st and 2nd grade, and spent all summer teaching me how to box. I also went to the YMCA and took boxing lessons. On the 1st day of second grade, Big Bill came over to me at recess and started pushing me around again, and I decked him with a couple punches. He never touched me again, nobody did in that town, and that was the last fight I was ever in.

    When I got of college, I got a job working for the winter at a golf course in Vero Beach, Florida. I was leaving in mid-November for the job and I had no money - as in zero. Mom and Dad said they would give me some money to get me started and we were not wealthy - not poor, but not rich. Dad was a comptroller, not an accountant - he never graduated from high school, but very good with #s and he could calculate their budget very precisely. They gave me the check and I got in the car and starting driving to Florida. I opened the envelope that night and looked at it and really started crying. It was for $672.81. That was everything they had to give me. And I knew that. And I knew Dad had figured out exactly what they had and what they could afford and he and Mom gave me everything they could afford. If they could have afforded $672.82, I have no doubt that that is what the check would have been written for.

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  • paddysiam
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    ZZ's point was clear to me. He was obviously making a comment akin to Keillor's Lake Wobegon, where all the children are above average. However, I guess some fragile egos or people incapable of understanding his point took exception, and then the moderator apparently wanted to protect the less discerning from the truth. But it looks like the truth set you free, ZZ. It's not like it's punishment to be told you cannot interact with your inferiors.

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  • bambam
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    Originally posted by gh
    zz---too little, too late. Please enjoy a week away from the Boards while you contemplate the need to cease & desist ad hominem attacks on your fellow posters.
    Good for you, Garry. Hadn't seen that you did that when I responded below.

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  • SQUACKEE
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    Re: Your Dad

    Originally posted by bambam
    Originally posted by SQUACKEE
    Originally posted by Zat0pek
    I respect and admire my father more than any man I have ever known.
    If my son ever says anything even remotely close to that it would be the greatest day of my life. :cry:
    Squackee - I was sorry to read your post as well. But from your posts on this board, knowing you a bit from them, I have a feeling your son will say that to you someday.
    Thanx Bam.

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  • bambam
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    Originally posted by zzbottom
    I'm speaking a truth which is ostensibly beyond your capacity to comprehend based on your defensive response...
    zzbottom - don't know you on this board, but that is an incredibly rude post to make. Zat0pek just lost his Dad, for chrissakes, and one he obviously loved and admired a great deal. Reading his eulogy, I started crying, and it wasn't even my Dad and I never met him. If you feel that way - but keep it to yourself, and have some respect for other people's feelings.

    And if you don't want to do that, go away, and if GH should ever ban anybody from this board, it should be you for that post!

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  • bambam
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    Re: Your Dad

    Originally posted by SQUACKEE
    Originally posted by Zat0pek
    I respect and admire my father more than any man I have ever known.
    If my son ever says anything even remotely close to that it would be the greatest day of my life. :cry:
    Squackee - I was sorry to read your post as well. But from your posts on this board, knowing you a bit from them, I have a feeling your son will say that to you someday.

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