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Samuel Hawley is a writer of narrative nonfiction and fiction. His books are highly eclectic. He has written about 16th-century East Asian history, 19th-century Korean-American relations, Olympic sprinting and land speed racing and a circus elephant named Topsy who was electrocuted in 1903. He lives in Kingston, Ontario.

EDDIE TOLAN'S HARD TIMES




eddie tolan
Eddie Tolan, University of Michigan track star and one of Percy Williams' main rivals during Percy's running career, in his US Olympic team sweat suit. As Percy had ecliped Charlie Paddock as the "World's Fastest Human," Eddie in turn eclipsed Percy, winning both the 100- and 200-metre gold medals at the 1932 LA Olympics. Eddie's subsequent experiences, however, were very different from Percy's. There was no flood of job offers and opportunities for him. Despite a university degree, a name known around the world and two Olympic gold medals, Eddie had a hard time just finding a job.


eddie tolan vaudeville
Just months after returning home from the 1932 LA Olympics, Eddie gave up his amateur status to appear in vaudeville with Bill "Bojangles" Robinson to earn some much-needed money to support his family. His career in show business did not last long. (New York Times, November 28, 1932)


eddie tolan hard times
By early 1933 Eddie had given up his dream of becoming a doctor and was working as a filing clerk in Detroit, as described in this report in the New York Times from January 24, 1933. He occasionally competed in professional races as well, including one in which he ran backwards. Over the next two decades Eddie would hold a string of modestly paid clerking jobs. He eventually became an elementary school phys ed teacher.


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