I have something a little different for you today.
After reading Julie’s rieview of “A Cold Clear Day” I ordered a used copy of the book on Amazon. Cheapskate. This book is about Buddy Edelen, who was the World’s fastest marathoner in 1963.
My copy cost a mere $1.50 because it had “writing on the flyleaf”. I skipped right past that red-penned dedication, settled down to read it, and loved it. As an English person living in the USA, I feel a sort of mirror-image affinity with Buddy, an American living and training in England.
Only when I was nearly finished did I chance to read the flyleaf, and nearly dropped the book in amazement.
Here it is.
On page 181, Hal Higdon’s afterword describes how Buddy used to joke about his own obscurity – “Buddy who?” and how he would always sign himself “Buddy” in quotes.
It’s possible that this book was signed by some other Buddy, but I’m convinced it was Buddy Edelen. According to Wikipedia, he died in 1997, just a year after the date on this inscription.
And now it is mine.