Post by benotforgot on Aug 13, 2008 0:10:56 GMT -6
While I have not yet met the guy, I can tell you for sure that if it had not been for a fateful day during pawpaw season in the late 1920s, there just might not be an Olympic gold-medal swimmer by the name of Ian Crocker, and I might not be sitting here composing these words. . . . for that was when Ian's great-grandma along with her friend -- who is the maternal grandma of the Keeper of this website -- met their future husbands while out gathering pawpaws together in Maine . . .
To read the rest of the story, just click > HERE < . . .
FYI . . . the Diantha in the story is Ian Crocker's great-grandma . . . and Elizabeth is the maternal grandma of the Keeper of this genealogy message board . . .
Post by benotforgot on Aug 13, 2008 17:42:06 GMT -6
Ian Crocker - AutoWeek Magazine
Hometown: Portland, Maine
Years in competition: 18
His story: Born in Portland, Crocker attended the University of Texas, where he was a 22-time All-American. He has earned four Olympic medals--two gold, one silver and one bronze. This will be his third Olympics. He first attended in 2000, then again in 2004, where he was part of the world-record-breaking 400-meter medley team. Crocker also plays the guitar and loves classic cars.
When his car passion started: "I've always loved classic and performance cars for their aesthetics. My interests were made more personal when I purchased a 1971 Buick Riviera in 2000. Since then, I've learned so much about the maintenance and restoration process of classic cars. After catastrophic engine failure in 2002, I decided to restore the car piece by piece. After holding every part of the car in my hands, I gained respect for the simplicity and the end of an era where form trumped function."
First car: "1988 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera given to me by my great-grandmother" [Auntie Di, who was best friend of Roberta's mother, Elizabeth in the 20s]
Cars he owns now: 1971 Buick Riviera, 1995 Chevrolet K1500
Dream car: "A hot-rod 1937 Ford coupe with a flathead is right near the top of the list. Ideally, it would be period-correct to what a '37 would have been modified to in the early '50s."
Ultimate goal: "To win Olympic gold in Beijing."
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