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"Host Rick. Brutal cold when we're talking Tom Dooley. And Olympian who experienced in the both in the US Olympics in Mexico City and sixty eight and in Munich in nineteen seventy two and for those of you that no history. No, those were two infamous Olympics for lots of reasons gave us an insight on what happened on that Olympics in Mexico City and come to find out that he was actually the roommate of two of the people that were most interested in that which would be Tommie Smith and John Carlos, but I also want to know about the Munich Olympic that was a tragedy beyond a different kind of thing altogether, and certainly a tragedy. So maybe we could start if you don't mind by just telling our listeners, especially those that may not be aware of what happened in Munich. And then I kinda liked the no I I can follow up on the question about where you were and things that may have happened. Maybe just let's start with that. If you don't mind, Tom. Sure. The. They call the unique massacre of seventy two. Was certainly a tragedy that no one expected. No one of at the time. No. We got up in the morning that very early in the morning. Terrorists had attacked the Israeli compound. It was very very close to close to ours. And that they were holding hostage, and it so happens that on that day. The walkers were invited by the Germans athletes to go to a party celebrating. The actually celebrating the German victory in fifty kilometer walks. So the walkers that were available from the variety of countries, we we were outside village and had no contact with actually what's going on. Coming back in the evening. It was extremely all to see. Tanks and machine. Emplacements surrounding the entire village the entire compound, and it was only because we had a German translator an interpreter on our bus that we could actually get into the compound compound was lock down load. And then later that evening we actually were able to see the helicopters taking every surviving captives from the Israeli compounds. Later to the point where the rest of them actually were killed. So it was just a surreal event. Not knowing exactly what was going on and one of my friends, if I knew as a news Ueli Walker actually when gunfire started was able to escape as the the terrorists were expanding the search for Israeli athletes by jumping out of a window and getting over to the US compound. And h it's very hard to explain even there and part of it is just a mind. Experience. I agree. It was mind boggling for the entire world. We'd never seen anything like it before. Even when the Olympics were held in countries that weren't necessarily our best friends, but here to be in Germany and have that happened. We we really were exposed to a surreal surreal opportunity operation that we'd never seen before. And of course, unfortunately seen a lot of that has the years of transpired. But that was for me at least the one that. I remember many people were killed. I I can't I want us to eight or nine is that right? Believe two were killed in the village and seven I believe were taken hostage by the terrorists and other people that were taken to the hell helicopters and then over to the airport in which the helicopters helicopters for later blown up and all of those hostages died. Yes. Nine with the total. And then they the Olympics marry next day for off, you know, right? Well, I'm sure that had a great deal of fact on you. So let's maybe get to a little different part of your life. And but I had to ask you about that. That's that's just you being a history teacher, and boy, you were part of history and in maybe a way, that's you certainly would like to relive. But nonetheless, you were there as they say, so let me ask you about this team in training. I I don't know a lot about it. But I know that is that there's some involvement you've had I believe for over twenty five years where you're a coach, and it somehow raises money from the for the leukemia and lymphoma society, so maybe you could describe what it is. And then describe what you did. Yes. The the program. I started the walking program. I was contacted by the local chapter of the leukemia society of America and England putting together a walkie program which consisted of volunteers to be trained over a twenty two week period to be able to walk a full marathon. And along the way to raise a certain amount of money for charity, and that charity money would go toward furthering leukemia and lymphoma research, they called me because they said we heard you to walk. I guess so I can do that. And either way we're going to our first race is going to be in Hawaii. And I said that sounds like a good deal in December. Racing Hawaiian fine. And we started with a very very modest thirty five and in the San Francisco Bay area and later this grew and grew and became very very successful. As a charity organization that could raise money by. Training. Participants to do an event of their choice or our choice and raise a significant amount of my cancer research, and it's been very very successful. And I did it for the past twenty five years, and I coached I coached fifty five seasons and my last season and in about four days with my very last. Well, good for you. Good for you. That Greece started. I'm jay. Like I wanted to do it that way. Oh, that's interesting because my birthday is always on on that event weekend. Right. Well, that's amazing. You know? So this this event what's a little unclear to me is who are the people that are being trained because you're training. Somebody else who are those people are they budding athletes, or what are they? No. I I would say they are. Like an average participant who season advertisement of do. You wanna go to a race and complete a marathon for charity and a sign up. It's usually. Yeah. Yeah. That we would send fliers out all across the country and put them in magazines and mild and advertise locally. Each location, and it just grew and grew over those twenty five years we had fifty three chapters across the US promoted and found. Thousands of people who joined them they're still actually doing it all across the country, although the format has changed my life. Well, I think I read you maybe can confirm or not I read somewhere I believe that they've raised over a billion dollars for these charities. Does that sound right? You. That's right. That that number was reached. I think two years ago. It's an it's an amazing accomplishment. You having had a severe Kimmy a person in my family. I can only thank you on behalf of all of those patients who struggled with that horrific disease and all the work that you'd said so thank you for that. And I'm sure you took away a lot of good things. We're coming up against the break again. So let me invite you to stay with us for our final segment, and we'll see what Tom Dooley is taken away from this career of over fifty five years."