After the "Who Are You"
courtesies ... David Wykoff, son of Frank Wykoff,
discovered that the man he was standing next to was the
man -- who, as his dad, represented the U.S.A. in the 1936
Olympics; and who also wrote a book that his dad
brought home one day insisting that Dave read.
The man in the above photograph
is Louis Zamperini, and his book entitled
..."Devil At My Heels;" was a book that Dave read from
beginning to end in total awe that anyone outside of
actors in Hollywood could possibly survive the
ordeals that Mr. Zamperini experienced as a P. O. W.
during WWII in Japan in reality, and returned home
safely to write a book about it.
Mr. Zamperini had to go to
others for photo shoots, so their conversation was short
and limited, but he kept that photograph tucked away
until today (1-01-04) -- when he showed it to me after
Mr. Zamperini appeared on the T. V. during the Rose
Parade in Los Angeles.
LINKS TO MORE INFORMATION
ON THE LIFE OF LOUIS ZAMPERINI
There is an excellent
biographical story on the life of Louis Zamperini
"Not Yet Ready for His Last Mile"
written by Ira Berkow on the internet -- dated February
An eight (8) page biographical story can also be found