Thursday, January 3, 2008

Doesn't get any more American than this...

I thought this was interesting

From Ron Paul's
Wikipedia entry:

"Paul began working at Harold's dairy at age five, and later delivered newspapers, worked in a drugstore, and became a milkman upon reaching driving age. One customer on his milk route was baseball legend Honus Wagner.

Excelling in track and field, he was graduated from Dormont High School in 1953 with honors. He had a best mark in the 100-yard dash of 9.7 seconds at a time when the national high school record for that event was 9.4 seconds; as a junior, he was the 220-yard dash state champion and placed second in the 440-yard run. He also was on the wrestling team, played football and baseball, and was student council president. After surgery on a knee injury, he gave up track and took up swimming as a form of therapy. A major university offered him a prestigious full scholarship in track, chancing he could regain his prior speed; he declined, refusing to endorse the risk.

Rather, he paid for his first year at Gettysburg College with saved newspaper-delivery, lemonade-sale, and lawn-mowing money; he later received a small academic scholarship. He delivered mail and laundry in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; managed the college coffee shop ("The Bullet Hole") for one year; and joined the swim team. Inducted into the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity, he served as pledge class president, house manager, and kitchen steward, planning and supervising cooks for all meals. By his senior year, he was running track again; he set the then-third-best marks in college history in the 100-yard dash (9.9 seconds) and 220-yard dash (21.8 seconds). He received his baccalaureate in 1957, majoring in biology." (He became a doctor)

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