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Radio Smart Talk for Friday, September 28:
The word legendary is probably used to describe celebrities in today's culture much too often. But when the word is applied in front of Jim Thorpe's name -- it fits and actually may not be a strong enough adjective.
Thorpe arguably was America's top athlete of all time. While a student at the Carlisle Indian School in Cumberland County, he won two gold medals in the 1912 Olympic Games in Stockholm and was an All-America football player. Later he played Major League baseball and professional football.
Thorpe's athletic feats are what constitute the legend. The man himself was much more than what he did on the field and unfortunately much of Thorpe's life was not nearly as glorious. In fact, sad or unfulfilled may be the best ways to describe Thorpe's life away from sports.
Kate Buford, the author of the book Native American Son: The Life and Sporting Legend of Jim Thorpe, will appear on Friday's Radio Smart Talk to discuss an American icon that many don't know a whole lot about.
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