19 August 2009

Dashing Home

On this day in 1936, Jesse Owens caught a train at Waterloo for Southampton and the Queen Mary. The fastest man alive was bringing back to the United States four gold medals won at that summer's Olympic games in Berlin--much to Adolf Hitler's dismay.

Once home, Owens was looking forward to cashing in on his success. According to Time, offers included $4,000 a week from Eddie Cantor "...just to take him on a personal tour."

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