Jim Thorpe never slept in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, the town formerly known as Mauch Chunk and East Mauch Chunk. But through a combination of ambition, necessity, and sheer luck, these small towns became the final resting place of the great American Indian Olympic champion, and in 1954 they legally changed their name to permanently commemorate his burial. "Jim Thorpe Never Slept Here", a treasury of tales from a 1950s boyhood in a town surrounded by the mountains of the Pennsylvania anthracite coal region, is a passport to a lost land of childhood adventure, featuring an ancient river, old mine shafts, canal locks, hobo camps, the remains of millionaires' mansions - and the hilarious antics of Richard Benyo and his buddies in the South Street Gang.This memoir brings the 1950s alive - just as "Our Gang" did for the Depression - with its renderings of afternoons spent with baseball cards, cardboard forts, BB guns, playground bullying, and that first illicit sip of beer. "Jim Thorpe Never Slept Here" is a memorable, nostalgic account of all the trials, tribulations, and the rites of passage of growing up in postwar America.
Richard Benyo is a journalist and the editor of Marathon & Beyond magazine. He is the former executive editor of Runner's World magazine and the author of seventeen books about running, health, and fitness.