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  • Legend on the page
    track and field and 24 individual titles spanning 15 of the 19 events and a dual meet record of 114 20 when those were the backbone of college track and filled the stands at Hayward Field He was an innovator and an inventor He was an athlete soldier teacher coach leader entrepreneur and philanthropist He was a molder of shoes and of men Moore 62 graduated from North Eugene High School and ran for Bowerman at Oregon and through two Olympic marathons in 1968 and 1972 before becoming a writer for Sports Illustrated He ultimately wrote the script for the documentary about Prefontaine Fire on the Track and co wrote one of the two movies about the runner Without Limits He began work on his biography of Bowerman in 1993 shelved it when his marriage dissolved and didn t return to it until 2001 when he was living in Hawaii By then Bowerman had passed away on Christmas Eve 1999 in Fossil at age 88 but Moore had 24 hours of recorded interviews with Bowerman taped by former UO official Bill Landers who also recorded interviews with Bowerman s family and friends Moore also had access to papers and memorabilia at Nike and the UO library Furthermore in addition to his own interviews Moore had his own experiences over the decades with Bowerman and those first person recollections give the book a unique personality and credibility In July 2002 feeling the book was going too slowly Moore moved back to Eugene final editing took place late last year The quickest chapter took two weeks to write the most difficult took a month The toughest to write he said was the account of the 1972 Olympics in Munich where Bowerman was the U S track and field coach and where terrorists massacred 11 Israeli athletes and coaches In terms of reliving it and struggling with it and feeling it it was Munich Moore said It always takes me back But he was such the star of that He was so holding us together then He held me together again when I was writing it with his wonderful language about Olympic ideals Often Moore said he would work on the book with a tape of Bowerman playing in the background and he said the experience of writing the book was like a great long run where yeah you re getting tired but it s what you re made for its what you re designed for I never felt it was any sense of sacrifice Just rightness I m very very content that I ve done something that I set out to do Bowerman called me tenacious beyond belief was his phrase once something he announced to the Oregon Club when I didn t think of myself as that I had to be tenacious after that So to have lasted out something on one level that s really rewarding especially since it was a book about the guy who instilled the tenacity Moore

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  • Jeff Baker Oregonian
    around and I didn t know whether he was going to laugh or cry at these things Buck tended to keep his own counsel Knight was an Eastmoreland kid who loved to run He went from Cleveland High School to Oregon where he found himself on a team with three Olympic distance runners If you ask where Nike came from I would say it came from a kid who had that world class shock administered at age 17 by Bill Bowerman Knight told Moore Not simply the shock but the way to respond He attached such honor to not giving up to doing my utmost Most kids didn t have that adjustment of standards that introduction to true reality Knight graduated in 1959 and after serving in the Army Reserves went to graduate school at Stanford where he discovered he had the personality traits of an entrepreneur He wrote a paper called Can Japanese Sports Shoes Do to German Sports Shoes What Japanese Cameras Have Done to German Cameras that proposed importing 20 000 pairs of shoes and selling them to high school and college teams In 1963 Knight went to Japan and made a deal with the Onitsuka Co to import its Tiger brand of track shoes to the U S He sent two pairs to Bowerman who liked them and asked Knight to make some kind of arrangement with cutting your old coach in too The two men shook hands on a deal at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Portland for 500 each as partners in Blue Ribbon Sports the company that became Nike A week later Knight amended the deal in a joking postscript to a letter There will be no urinating on partners in the shower Bowerman a notorious practical joker was known for urinating on his athletes in the McArthur Court showers and burning them with a hot set of keys in the sauna In his book Moore compares it to an initiation rite not unlike the ritual circumcision some African tribes use to make men of boys It was a rite of passage of some kind all right and dozens of Bowerman s athletes had the red marks to prove it It s hard to imagine any coach getting away with it today It s hard to imagine any other coach getting away with it then Knight said It was just the way he played tricks on you Kenny describes it as his sense of fun and it was that He was testing you too In 1991 Knight held a tribute dinner for Bowerman at Nike s campus and built a replica of a sauna Bowerman sat in it and the men he coached posed for pictures with him that he later signed I don t remember everything about that dinner Knight said It was a pretty emotional evening Bowerman s spirit remains strong at Nike Mark Parker the new president and CEO knew Bowerman from his days in product design and is a huge fan Knight said Tinker Hatfield who s designed most of the Air Jordans was a pole vaulter at Oregon and spoke at Bowerman s memorial service The line goes right through to people who never knew him Knight said Bill is so important to Nike When you re talking about the culture of Oregon you re talking about the culture of Nike Imagine a Mount Rushmore of Running in the Coburg Hills above Eugene The four profiles carved into the rocks would be of Prefontaine and the three Bills Bowerman his mentor and predecessor as Oregon track coach Hayward and his successor Bill Dellinger Below them would be a prominent but not too big Nike Swoosh Off to the side taking it all in would be Kenny Moore A North Eugene High School graduate a two time Olympian in the marathon one of Bowerman s greatest runners and the one who might have believed in him the most the 62 year old Moore was at the center of many of the most important events in American track and field including the 1972 Olympics in Munich and the death of Prefontaine He wrote about them in Sports Illustrated where he was the lead track writer for almost 20 years and co wrote Without Limits the movie that explored the complicated inspiring relationship between Bowerman and Prefontaine Yet like many excellent writers and Moore is in the National Distance Running Hall of Fame for writing not running Moore has the ability to be present but a step to the side watching It s no accident that an autobiographical essay in Best Efforts his collection of articles about running is called The Observer I am conscious of myself as an outsider shy peculiarly suited to peering for a while into lives and worlds then withdrawing to muse over what seems interesting he wrote Moore grew up in Eugene and considered Hayward Field holy turf He remembers his father taking him to the 1957 Pacific Coast Conference championships and thinking How could human beings run like that His first timed mile was 5 minutes 40 seconds and his high school best was 4 23 Bowerman invited Moore to walk on at Oregon no scholarship and got him a job in a plywood mill Moore survived Bowerman s tests including an incident in which the coach held the runner by the throat and insisted he not overtrain Moore wrote a similar scene into Without Limits only with Bowerman choking Prefontaine Moore won the conference steeplechase championship twice and found through workout experiments supervised by Bowerman that he could maintain pace for long distances Bill was fascinated by how far I could go Moore said Every 10 days or so I did a 30 mile run A philosophy major at Oregon Moore got his MFA in creative writing and wrote for Sports Illustrated for eight years while competing internationally One of his first articles was about finishing fourth behind his friend Frank Shorter in the 1972

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  • Fulfillment Delay
    I am home and prepared to make immediate delivery Thanks very much for your interest and support ORDER BOWERMAN and or BEST EFFORTS

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  • Hayward Field Dedication
    do now before I fall dead is pass the first copy of the book to Barbara Bowerman In truth that s not even necessary She s read it She s corrected it and given it grace and wit One reason I ve been calm over the years about whether I was capable of doing Bill justice was I ve always known what was in the notebooks that piled up during talks with Barbara 5 But it is crucial in life that a promise be kept before ALL those it concerns So now before Bill Bowerman s crowd before Bill s sons Jon Jay and Tom we pass this baton Heidi and Kenny BOTH contrive to give the book to Barbara together and hug her 6 Barbara s remarks 7 Thank you Barbara The torch is passed I die content But I cannot go without thanking two great forces of nature One is Vin Lananna who has so embraced the Bowerman legacy that he has invited us all here to celebrate in mid competition Thank you Vin I owe you a lifelong debt 8 The other is you the crowd that Bowerman taught You roar until talent reaches greatness You enforce justice on Hayward Field You already know the essential message in this book And you know it comes right out of Phidippides mouth Rejoice we conquer Rejoice in athletes conquering themselves and defining society through all out effort Rejoice in Bill s way of problem solving He was pioneer stock He combined Oregon trail stubbornness with his native wit and a fine Oregon education and thought and RE thought everything from our shoes to our training to the health of our citizenry 9 He said you should attempt to OVER solve your immediate problem He over solved our shoes and

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