“The Boys in the Boat”: The Rest of the Story

boys-boat-coverHave you read Daniel J. Brown’s NYT best seller, The Boys in the Boat? If so, you’ll be familiar with boat builder George Pocock, a central figure in the book who was arguably the single most influential man in crew racing for over half a century, and revered mentor to thousands of oarsmen and dozens of coaches throughout the U. S. This month, the public will have two opportunities to hear George Pocock’s great-nephew, Jim Pocock, speak at the main library about his personal memories of his great-uncle and the development of the sport of rowing in America. Jim will also tell many rich stories that are omitted in the book. Program attendees would be well rewarded by reading the book in advance of this illustrated presentation.

** The March 21 version of this program is postponed due to weather. ** Please join us on Wednesday, March 23 from 7:15 – 8:15 p.m. in the Sohier Room on the ground floor. A Q & A session will follow the presentation. Light refreshments will be available.

Jim Pocock, a resident of Salem, is counselor to the president at Gordon College. The Boys in the Boat tells the true story of the 1936 Olympic crew from the University of Washington that won the gold medal in Berlin against overwhelming odds. It has been described as “Chariots of Fire with oars.”

The program is free. Signup is not required, but room capacity is limited. Attendance may need to be capped to ensure an enjoyable and safe program for attendees. Handicapped accessible. Questions? Please contact Robin at flynn@noblenet.org or 978-921-6062.

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