February/ March 2012
In This Issue
Remembering J. Macionis
Remembering Kelley Lemmon Jr.
New Aquisitions
Recent Visitors
Save the Date!
2012 ISHOF Honoree Schedule
Meet Ted Woods
Lynn Sherr Returns to FLL
White Wash Screening


John Macionis


(May 27, 1916 - February 16, 2012)

American Swimming Champion Passes Away at 95

By Bruce Wigo

(to read obit, click here:)

Macionis John
John Macionis with 1924 Olympian Harrison Glancy at ISHOF, 1980's.

Remembering Kelley Lemmon Jr.


War Hero and Senior Swimming Superstar was 99


Kelly Lemmon, Jr. passed away peacefully at his son's home in Gaithersburg, MD on February 11, 2012, in his 100th year.

To read his obit, click here:

New Aquisitions

Jill Sterkel
2012 Honoree Jill Sudduth donated one of her synchronized swimsuits to ISHOF
swim trunks
Memorabilia and swimsuit donated by Robert Thome, member of the B.V.D. Swim Club of the 1930's.
Recent Visitors

ITA nat team
Italian National Team


Water Polo Quebec
Team: Water Polo Quebec
Bob Olmstead
Bob Olmstead - husband of Chris van Saltza
Danish team
Coach Kim W. Larsen with Denmark's Gladsaxe Swim Team 
bob with olympic swimmer
1968 Olympic Swimmer Kandice Drake Moore (C), her daughter Kera Drake (L) & Bob Duenkel (R)
yale coach
Dick Baribault, a member of Yale's world record setting relay team in the 1940's, remembering his close friend Alan Ford.

Save the Date!
Swimming Hall of Fame's 48th Annual Induction Ceremony

2012 ISHOF Honoree Week Schedule 
The week kicks off on Wednesday with start of the Inaugural Aquatic History Symposium and Film Festival.  On Thursday the symposium begins, the FINA/ USA Diving Grand Prix opens with preliminaries (more info) and the day concludes with a screening of Whitewash. On Friday diving preliminaries continue, the Symposium features Professor Kevin Dawson, the unveiling of a new award by artist George Gadson and concludes with the Annual Paragon Awards. On Saturday, the symposium wraps up, diving finals begin and the evening concludes with the 48th Annual Honoree Induction.  
Meet Filmmaker Ted Woods at the Hall of Fame, May 9 - 12, during the inaugural International Aquatic History

poster white wash Symposium and Film Festival (  Woods wrote and directed the award winning documentary film "WhiteWash," a film that explores the complexity of race in America through the eyes of the ocean. Examining the history of "black consciousness" as it triumphs and evolves into the minds of black surfers, we learn the power of transcending race as a constructive phenomenon. The story is narrated by the legendary, Grammy Award winner Ben Harper.  

Lynn Sherr 

Lynn Sherr Returns to Ft. Lauderdale To Present:  


"Swim: Why We Love the Water "  (follow the link to read more)

 Highlights of the 1949 National AAU Championships for Men
japan 1949 AAU

 Screening of WhiteWash in Los Angeles


ISHOF CEO Wigo attended a screening of WhiteWash in Los mindesAngeles and met up with Lloyd Outten and Evelyne Mindes.  

 Outten and Mindes swam for segregated swim teams in Chicago in the 1950's.   Outten's story as part of the legendary DuSable Sea Horses will be the subject of a presentation by historian Robert Pruter at the International Aquatic History Symposium.  Mindes, who swam for the Wabash Y, is writing a history of Black competitive swimming teams, not just as a record of achievement, but as a tool to motivate more non-white participation in aquatic sports.  

Watch Adolph Kiefer 's daily workout
Adolph Kiefer Aquatic Therapy
Adolph Kiefer Aquatic Therapy
Omega Commercial 

Bruce Wigo presents Michael Phelps with art created by Dimitry Volkov during a visit to south Florida to film an Omega commercial.  Volkov is the  editor of Russian Swimming Magazine and was an Olympic bronze medalist in the 100m breaststroke at the Seoul Olympic Games.  The images were taken from Michael's October visit to Moscow for the FINA/Arena series.  "These will be perfect for my new 'game room,'" Michael said in expressing thanks to Volkov. 

Chinese world class platform diver Qiu Bo getting "make-up" ready for his Omega photo shoot in ISHOF's auditorium.

Dear Friends of ISHOF,

Although saddened by the passing of John and Kelley, know that they are both a part of swimming history and will always be remembered and celebrated at the ISHOF. Our mentor, Buck Dawson, saw ISHOF as a way for swimmers to achieve immortality for the purpose of inspiring greatness in future generations and if you read the stories of our heroes, like John and Kelley, their lives were truly inspirational. But our Hall is filled with stories of swimmers worth remembering and we will learn more with the addition of our Class of 2012 and at our inaugural Aquatic History Symposium. We hope you will join us for these fun, entertaining and inspirational events, but if not, please consider helping us preserve the history of our incredible sport in other ways, like becoming a member or by making a cash or in-kind donation.
Keep swimming!

Bruce Wigo
CEO International Swimming Hall of Fame