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May 1, 2012
'American Experience: Jesse Owens' Where: KOCE When: 8 p.m. Tuesday Rating: TV-PG-L (may be unsuitable for young children with an advisory for coarse language)
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December 3, 2013 | By David Wharton
Bidding for a Jesse Owens gold medal from the 1936 Berlin Olympics had reached $278,000 as of Tuesday afternoon, but had not met the reserve price. The whereabouts of the other three golds that Owens won that summer is not known. His performance was historically significant because the Games were overseen by Adolph Hitler, who hoped to use them as a showcase for the Nazi party. "Obviously, that's one of the most poignant moments in the history of the Olympic Games," Scott Blackmun, chief executive of the U.S. Olympic Committee, told reporters in a teleconference after a USOC board meeting Tuesday.
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January 25, 2013
Re "Author inspired by Haley," Obituary, Jan 23 Author and magazine editor Hans Massaquoi, the son of a German mother and a Liberian father, believed that he was spared the fate of German Jews because "blacks were so few in number that they were relegated to low-priority status on the Nazi lineup for extermination. " This may be partly true, because blacks in Germany were indeed rare at the time. But to the typical German under Nazi rule, a black man would be considered something akin to viewing a circus attraction, strange but not primarily an "inferior" non-Aryan.
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November 13, 2013 | By David Wharton
Reacting to concerns from the International Olympic Committee, an Orange County auction house said it checked with Jesse Owens' family before putting his gold medal from the 1936 Berlin Olympics on the block. Owens gave the medal to a friend, entertainer Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, whose widow has now decided to sell it. “We reached out to the family of Jesse Owens as soon as we were first contacted about the medal,” said Dan Imler, vice president of SCP Auctions of Laguna Niguel.
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November 13, 2013 | By David Wharton
Reacting to concerns from the International Olympic Committee, an Orange County auction house said it checked with Jesse Owens' family before putting his gold medal from the 1936 Berlin Olympics on the block. Owens gave the medal to a friend, entertainer Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, whose widow has now decided to sell it. “We reached out to the family of Jesse Owens as soon as we were first contacted about the medal,” said Dan Imler, vice president of SCP Auctions of Laguna Niguel.
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December 3, 2013 | By David Wharton
Bidding for a Jesse Owens gold medal from the 1936 Berlin Olympics had reached $278,000 as of Tuesday afternoon, but had not met the reserve price. The whereabouts of the other three golds that Owens won that summer is not known. His performance was historically significant because the Games were overseen by Adolph Hitler, who hoped to use them as a showcase for the Nazi party. "Obviously, that's one of the most poignant moments in the history of the Olympic Games," Scott Blackmun, chief executive of the U.S. Olympic Committee, told reporters in a teleconference after a USOC board meeting Tuesday.
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May 1, 2012 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
The Olympics are (almost) back, and it's a good time to sing again the ballad of Jesse Owens, the black American track star who put the lie to Adolf Hitler's master-race malarkey at the 1936 Summer Olympics by winning four gold medals. (It's never not a good time to sing that song, of course.) "Jesse Owens," premiering Tuesday on PBS SoCal as part of the series "American Experience," is the latest work to take up that inspiring tune. Written by Stanley Nelson, directed by Laurens Grant ("Freedom Riders")
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November 8, 2013 | By David Wharton
One of the four gold medals won by Jesse Owens at the 1936 Berlin Olympics is to go up for auction later this month. The whereabouts of the other three remain unknown, so SCP Auctions, the Orange County auction house conducting the online sale, expects this one to go for as much as $1 million. Owens' victories in Berlin represent a memorable point in Olympic history, with the African American athlete performing brilliantly before a less-than-thrilled Adolf Hitler, who wanted the Games to serve as a showpiece for his resurgent Nazi Germany.
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August 15, 2009 | Philip Hersh
Stephanie Brown Trafton, a young woman of commanding physical stature and Olympian achievement, had a sense of the overwhelming this morning as she looked at the austere granite facade of the 1936 Olympic Stadium. "The first thing I thought of was how intimidating and imposing it was, just the rocks with all the columns," said Brown Trafton, the 6-foot-4, 225-pound reigning Olympic discus champion. "I imagined how Jesse felt walking into the stadium in a situation where people definitely weren't rooting for him."
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February 21, 1989 | From Associated Press
When Florence Griffith Joyner was 15 years old, she received one of her biggest disappointments from Jesse Owens. Today, Griffith Joyner again was linked to the great sprinter and long jumper of the 1930s --and it was one of her most gratifying experiences. Griffith Joyner, who sprinted to three Olympic gold medals and one silver medal in 1988, and broke world records in the women's 100-meter and 200-meter dashes, received the 1989 Jesse Owens International Trophy Award.
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November 8, 2013 | By David Wharton
One of the four gold medals won by Jesse Owens at the 1936 Berlin Olympics is to go up for auction later this month. The whereabouts of the other three remain unknown, so SCP Auctions, the Orange County auction house conducting the online sale, expects this one to go for as much as $1 million. Owens' victories in Berlin represent a memorable point in Olympic history, with the African American athlete performing brilliantly before a less-than-thrilled Adolf Hitler, who wanted the Games to serve as a showpiece for his resurgent Nazi Germany.
OPINION
January 25, 2013
Re "Overkill in the war on pot," Jan. 22 Kudos to Marie Myung-Ok Lee for her outstanding Op-Ed article on the federal government's intransigence on marijuana policy. I'd like to add that as a U.S. Senate candidate from Illinois in 2004, Barack Obama said that the war on drugs had been an "utter failure. " So what has President Obama done about this failure? Escalate the war. Kirk Muse Mesa, Ariz. ALSO: Letters: A 'right' way to volunteer? Letters: Jesse Owens, a hero in Germany Letters: Dodgers TV deal strikes out with fans
OPINION
January 25, 2013
Re "Author inspired by Haley," Obituary, Jan 23 Author and magazine editor Hans Massaquoi, the son of a German mother and a Liberian father, believed that he was spared the fate of German Jews because "blacks were so few in number that they were relegated to low-priority status on the Nazi lineup for extermination. " This may be partly true, because blacks in Germany were indeed rare at the time. But to the typical German under Nazi rule, a black man would be considered something akin to viewing a circus attraction, strange but not primarily an "inferior" non-Aryan.
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December 20, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
The world is supposed to end Friday. The Mayans predicted it. We think. Of course, rational people don't believe for a moment that the world is ending Friday. But what if it does? If the world ended Friday, the most important thing to figure out would be the following: What is the greatest sports moment in world history? Reporters from around the Tribune Co. answer that question for you. This post will be updated throughout the day with their thoughts. Mike Bianchi, Orlando Sentinel So many choices and so little time.
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August 26, 2012 | By Anna Gorman, Los Angeles Times
Thirteen-year-old Stephanie Cota pulled up her sleeve and glanced at the needle. "Is it gonna hurt?" she asked. "You'll feel it, but you look like a strong girl," said Yadira Guerra, a licensed vocational nurse. "Just turn the other way. " When Cota started 7th grade this month, school officials told her she needed a whooping cough vaccine. On Saturday, she and her family came to a free health fair at Jesse Owens park in South Los Angeles to get the immunization. Hundreds of families attended the event, which included the vaccinations, along with vision, hearing and dental screenings.
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June 10, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
The Olympic Games offer competitors the chance to bathe in national glory and international acclaim. The victors - indeed, all the athletes who aspire to victory - are celebrated in the Olympic motto of "Citius, Altius, Fortius. " Faster, higher, stronger. Yet celebration and aspiration sometimes share the Olympic spotlight with controversy, with scandal and with athletes who train and compete outside the bounds of Citius, Altius and Fortius. One ranking of the 10 least pure moments in the history of the Summer Games: No. 10 (1912)
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March 28, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
The late Jesse Owens, whose performance at the 1936 Olympics put the lie to Adolf Hitler's boasts of racial superiority, picked up a fifth gold medal today for "humanitarian contributions in the race of life." President Bush presented the Congressional Gold Medal to his widow, Ruth Owens, in a ceremony at the White House also attended by three daughters and teammates of the track legend. This Saturday marks the 10th anniversary of Owens' death at age 66.
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May 4, 1986 | United Press International
The Jesse Owens Classic, with 21 of 27 champions back to defend their titles, has drawn the best field in the four-year history of the event, meet officials say. The roster for this year's Owens, scheduled for this afternoon in Ohio Stadium, will include two members of the world record setting 1984 U.S. Olympic 400-meter relay team--Calvin Smith and Sam Graddy. Smith holds the Owens meet record in the 200-meter dash of 20.45 and is the world record-holder in the 100 at 9.93.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 1, 2012 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
The Olympics are (almost) back, and it's a good time to sing again the ballad of Jesse Owens, the black American track star who put the lie to Adolf Hitler's master-race malarkey at the 1936 Summer Olympics by winning four gold medals. (It's never not a good time to sing that song, of course.) "Jesse Owens," premiering Tuesday on PBS SoCal as part of the series "American Experience," is the latest work to take up that inspiring tune. Written by Stanley Nelson, directed by Laurens Grant ("Freedom Riders")
ENTERTAINMENT
May 1, 2012
'American Experience: Jesse Owens' Where: KOCE When: 8 p.m. Tuesday Rating: TV-PG-L (may be unsuitable for young children with an advisory for coarse language)
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