September / October 2012

Dear Friends,


Welcome to this edition of the ISHOF News.  As it seems with recurring regularity we bring you news of loss, but with it comes the opportunity to fulfill an important part of our mission:  to celebrate and preserve the memory of those who have enriched both our lives and the sport of swimming.  

            As the custodians of the social, cultural and Olympic history of swimming, the ISHOF's staff is committed to creating meaningful exhibits that make aquatic history meaningful and relevant for today's youth.  To do this, we need your help as active members willing to share photos, scrapbooks, movies, memorabilia and memories.  New exhibits planned for 2013 include: 40 year remembrances of the 1st FINA World Championships and the re-opening of the People's Republic of China to International sport, the 50th Anniversary of Coach Bob Kiputh receiving the Medal of Freedom and a look back at the 2012 London Olympic Games.

            If you are able to help with these exhibits, or have other interesting exhibit ideas, please contact me. Our task is vast and time and resources are limited, but with your help ISHOF will continue to inspire future generations to swim for health, happiness and competitive success.  Thank you for supporting us.


Bruce Wigo


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In This Issue
New Aquisitions
2012 Masters Induction
1973 Chinese-American Exchange
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Former UK Assistant wins Olympic Torch Award
Jenny Thompson
Safer Swimmer

Long time ISHOF  employee Eileen Malone passed away peacefully on September 10, 2012

"They say you never work a day in your life if you love your job. Our mom never worked a day in her life because of the people at the Swimming Hall of Fame. They were family to her , gave her a purpose and kept her young at heart."
Her Children Tim, Pat, Nancy & Mary

ISHOF Honor Contributor Nick Thierry passed away October 2.

Nick's Obituary by Craig Lord

Masters Honoree Willy van Rysel passed away at age 96 on Sept. 19, 2012
Willy van Rysel
 Recent Visitors
ISHOF member Shelly Arthur, daughter of ISHOF Honoree Dr. Ransom Arthur, visits ISHOF with Cliff Eisenmeyer.
Petria Thomas
2010 ISHOF Honoree Petria Thomas (AUS) toured the ISHOF museum with her family during a vacation.

Boys and Girls Club of Broward County.

2012 Masters Honoree Brigitte Merten finds herself on the cover of a vintage Der Schwimmer Magazine while browsing ISHOF's library.
New Aquisitions 
2012 WP
Memorabilia from the USA's Gold Medal winning women's water polo team, including signed cap. 
London souvenirs
Souvenir articles from the 2012 London Olympic Games.

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2012 Masters Induction
The Masters Class of 2012: LtR Fred Fox, Tim Birnie, Brigitte Merten, Carolyn Boak, Mel Goldstein
On Friday, September 14, 2012 the International Swimming Hall of Fame hosted the 2012 International Masters Swimming Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Greensboro, North Carolina.  The ceremony was held in conjunction with the annual United States Aquatic Sports convention.  

Tom Boak, former President of USMS and husband of Honoree Carolyn Boak, emceed the event.  

From The Archives

Friendship Through Sports Exchange

This film documents the historic cultural exchange between swimmers and divers from the People's Republic of China and the USA. It was arranged by Dr. Kissinger and Chou EnLai in 1973, in the midst of the cold war.  Participants included Al & Faye Schoenfield, James Gaughran, Ingrid Daland, Micki King, Bernie Wrightson, Frank Heckel, Karen Moe, Lynn Vidali, Jane Barkman, Ellie Daniel, Brian Job, Steve Power. Among the Chinese recognizable are David Han, Hongping Li, KZ Li and Wenbo Chen - among others. 


FINA - A First for Women

At a time when IOC founder, Baron de Coubertin was adamantly against female participation in the Olympic Games, FINA recommended the inclusion of women for the Stockholm Olympic Games at the FINA meeting of 1910.  This was also against the wishes of the Swedish representative to the IOC, who was aghast: "Women swimmers in the Olympics?  Next they will want the right to vote."  FINA is once again a leader with the introduction of "Mixed Relay" events this year.  Something the FINA members were against in 1910 - but that was 100 years ago.  Click here to see the original FINA proposal to approve female participation in the 1912 Games.
This month's feature: Charlie Chan at the 1936 Olympics:


In this two minute clip from the 1936 film, Hawaiian detective Charlie Chan follows clues to Berlin, where his son, Lee, is a member of the US Olympic Swim Team. Lee is kidnapped but wins release when father solves the crime in time son to swim in the 100m free final.
Micki King Receives 
US Olympic Torch Award


The United  States Olympic Committee named ISHOF Honoree and Olympic Diving Gold medalist (1972) Micki King the recipient of the Olympic Torch Award.

She was presented the award on Sept. 21 at a dinner during the 2012 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Assembly in Colorado Springs.

The Olympic Torch Award recognizes an individual who has positively impacted the Olympic Movement and has contributed to promoting the Olympic Ideals throughout the U.S. Read More....

Jenny Thompson Welcomes Baby Boy Benji
September 3rd, 2012

ISHOF's Safer Swimmer In Use Around The Globe

Carol Moore's SaferSwimmer contingent of the West Neck Pod, NY as they prepare for their Labor Day 1.5-mile open-water swim!