I’m not a huge fan of Buffalo News sports reporter Bucky Gleason, but he writes a nice article today about Steve Prefontaine, the great track runner who died in a car crash 41 years ago. I’m not entirely sure of the chronology, but I think we were living in Oregon at the time. I would have been all of three years old and some change, so I had no idea about any of this, but Prefontaine worked at a sports business that went on to become Nike. I do remember something of the rise of Nike — when we moved to Western New York in 1981, Nike was just beginning to become a national company, and I remember people around here saying “Nike” as if it rhymed with “bike”.
Anyway, check out Gleason’s piece.