Yearly Archives: 2008

GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE

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One of the most famous bridges in the world, the Golden Gate Bridge, opened for pedestrian traffic on May 27, 1937 and to cars the next day after a four and a half year period of construction. The cost was $35 million. It was referred to as a $35 million dollar steel harp by the …

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60th ANNIVERSARY FOR “BONES” AND ME

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Another Olympics has sped by, stirring warm memories of a golden 10.3 seconds I shared with a man called “Bones” six decades ago.  He did the running, I did the rooting from the cheap seats among a throng of 83,000 in London’s Wembley Stadium. The world had waited 12 years for restoration of the Games …

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DON’T THROWN IN THE TOWEL; USE IT

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NEW YORK – Jelena “Jelly” Jankovic didn’t throw in the towel when she fell behind. But she knew how to use it to rattle her foe. Jelly, the tennis player from Belgrade – a superb Serb – is no dummy. She had begun university, and was despairingly planning to go back for a degree in …

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GOOFY SCHEDULING MARS THE OPEN

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NEW YORK – The Busher went home with $ 160,000, a surge in his world ranking and a newfound reputation as the De-luxembourger. Everybody at the U.S. Open was glad for the big man from the little country. Six-foot-6 Gilles Muller, on a left-winged serve and a prayer, had bombed his way through a string …

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A BRIT IN THE SEMIS – IS THAT RIGHT?

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NEW YORK – Waiting for Fred (or a reasonable facsimile). That’s been the turgid status of the British sporting crowd for — let’s see? – 72 years. Yearning for another Fred Perry. Such are in very short supply. Although the Brits invented tennis as we know it, they haven’t been able to play the game …

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THANK-YOU’S FROM HER COMPATRIOTS

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NEW YORK – People say, “Thank you!” Elena Dementieva doesn’t know them. They are strangers, but they know her: Olympic gold medalist in tennis. She encountered them during the one day she had at home, Moscow, on the way to Flushing Meadow from Beijing. “You know, when you win a tournament, or a big match, …

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US Open Day Eight

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NEW YORK – Was it a birthday present for his father? Maybe a wedding gift for the lady he will marry later this month? Both of them were hanging on Mardy Fish’s every move below in the paved pit called Arthur Ashe Stadium. More likely it was a “Happy Quarter-finals to Me!” party that he …

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THEY’RE UNDER WAY AT FLUSHING

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NEW YORK – The blue courts are hard, the resolve of a red-hot Spanish conquistador named Nadal is harder, and the internationally-flavored guys and dolls are in town playing tennis again. Their fortnight is called the U.S. Open, the last of the year’s four majors, at the Billie Jean King Center in Flushing Meadow. If …

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History of Tennis published

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Five years have passed since I last published a book. This one, just out, “The Bud Collins History of Tennis,” is long overdue – and I know you’ll love it. If you can lift it. Just kidding. But I did need 765 pages to chronicle just about everything that has happened in the game since …

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Wimbledon 2008

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Sorry for the delay, but here, at long last, is my Wimbledon resume.   .   OFF TO LONDON TO WATCH FEDERER TRYING TO BREAK RECORDS…HOWEVER   Roger Federer is worried.   That is the diagnosis of the eminent Belgrade psychologist, who also plays some tennis, Novak Djokovic. Considering his most recent egg laid in …

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FRENCH OPEN 2008

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Sorry, kind readers. I know this is later than mail by pony express. But I’ve been having some health problems (nothing fatal) that slowed down my production. Nevertheless I’m sending French and Wimbedon resumes in the hope that you may enjoy looking back. Thank you for your patience.     SAY IT AIN’T SO, JUSTINE …

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Peru 2008

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At the end of May 2008 I participated in a marvelous 16 day adventure in Peru, joining seven other trekkers on a Geographic Expeditions journey to little known Inca ruins at Choquequirao and on to Machu Picchu. We went over spectacular mountain passes, camped for eight nights, trekked up and down, and up and down …

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Trek Day Four

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Route: Choquequirao to Maizal This was the hardest day of the trek in terms of physical challenge. First a hike out of the Choquequirao campground to the pass at 10,824′, followed by a descent of 5,592′ to the San Juan River where we had lunch. Then a steep trek up 3,500′ to our spectacular campground …

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Trek Day Three

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Choquequirao and Elizabeth’s 81st Birthday Beautiful clouds swirling over the mountains when we woke up to celebrate Elizabeth Burn’s 81st Birthday. This was our day to really spend time in Choquequirao “Cradle of Gold” in the Quechua language.  This site remains 70% buried under cloud forest, a huge challenge to archaeologists.  It is far more …

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Trek Day Two

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Route: Santa Rosa to Choquequirao Rising early we trekked along a rising zigzag trail to the hamlet of Marampata for a snack stop.  From there onwards, we saw the ruins of Choquequirao ever more clearly, especially the cascading terraces.  Our campground was a mile and a half from the ruins at 10,020′.       …

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Trek Day One

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Route: Cachora to Capuliyoc Pass down to Apurimac River Gorge, up other side to campground at Santa Rosa We started out at our campground in Cachora 9,495,’ headed to the Capuliyoc lookout, descended steeply 4,000′ through a forest of differing vegetation to the Apurimac (“Oracle of the Gods” in the local Quechua language) River, back …

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