Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Winter Family Further Identifies Track Meet Photo


I had an e-mail last week from the father of Philipp Winter who told me that he has a photo very similar to the one at the right that appeared in my book. The information written on the back of the photo adds a little to the story:


This track meet, at Camp Aliceville, was held on October 28, 1945. The race shown in the photo was the 100 meter dash, and the three men in the photo, left to right, are:


1st Place--Hartmann, from Compound C, 11.9 seconds.


2nd Place--Winter, from Compound F, 12.2 seconds.


3rd Place--Esser, from Compound A, 12.4 seconds.


If anyone has information about the other two runners (Hartmann and Esser), please send me a comment.
I love the serendipity of life--even after many years. I was amazed to discover that the grandson of the man named Winter who won 2nd Place in the hundred meter dash is an American Field Service exchange student studying in Idaho this year. The reason this amazed me is that I was once an American Field Service exchange student myself--representing Bedford, Ohio and living with a family named Ott in Ravensburg, Germany during the summer of 1961. AFS is a wonderful organization.

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