I am fortunate to count among my friends Kyle Jansson and Carol Harding, my lifelong partners in track and field crime. Kyle was my roommate at the University of Oregon in the 1971-72 school year and we have been friends ever since. He and Carol and I have attended more track meets together at Historic Hayward Field than I can count, and for each meet we have also consumed equal numbers of ice cream cones at Eugene's Prince Puckler's, once known to those of us of a certain age as Gantsy's. Kyle and Carol have seen me through thick and thin with the development of this website as well as the management of the collection. For this as well as a lifetime of friendship, I am truly grateful.
Bill Bowerman lives in every word and photo in this website. If not for Bowerman, this website would not exist. From him, all these transformative connections flow. Bill Bowerman has been a lifelong inspiration to me, not only in my lengthy teaching and coaching career, but in my athletics administration career as well. He taught me to let others say ‘no’ but never - ever - to say ‘no’ to myself, to never think that the seemingly impossible was, and to be patient with the process of changing administrative structures, no matter how evident and pressing the need for change was to me.
Michael Stearns of Heroweb in Eugene, and Shannon Nordquist first of Heroweb and now an independent website consultant - both have brought expertise and patience to a project that ballooned into something far bigger and more complex than any of us imagined at the outset. Special thanks to Shannon for what must have been over two dozen meetings over the course of the last year. Much of the look and the design of the website is Shannon’s, most especially the home page.
Additional photography and photo editing: Jake Willard.
My Story #7 photo by Carol Harding.
My lifelong friends Karen and Warren James, Susan Patella, Mary Ann and Eugene native Steve Bunnell, and dear neighbor and friend Helen Gamble, all of whom listened to me talk about the website for 500 days. Or 600 – whatever. “Thank you” doesn’t begin to express my deep appreciation for your kind and patient support.
Thanks to Steve Niemi, Kyle Jansson, Pat Tyson, and Jerry Cranmer for trusting me with their track and field treasures.
Thanks to the baristas at the Starbucks Seattle University Village South and Shoreline 153rd and Aurora stores, where I did most of the research and writing for this website. Both crews could not have been more welcoming, enthusiastic, kind, and gracious.