Peck's personal Web site
press coverage of Brother Peck struggling to come of age in the stressful world
of running in circles in tiny synthetic shorts and top
School Athletics in northern New Jersey
Valley Regional High School, 1959-1963
four-a-day training sessions, long after dark when necessary, miles-miles-miles
and then some sprint work, compensating for basically anorectic musculature at
that age, desperate to get invited to a university at the end of the day and to
dominate other young peers in the meantime.
Coach Joe Talamo, at that time Sports Illustrated's winningest American football
coach in the USA, Pascack Valley (founded in 1955 in Hillsdale, New Jersey, comprising
the towns of Hillsdale, Woodcliff Lake, Montvale, and River Vale) was also delivering
a 100+ dual meet winning streak in track and field, regular northern New Jersey
league championships, and quite a few New Jersey state championships as well.
was in 1862, a good year. No, it must have been in
1962. An even better year.
are they now?
Peck was a "quarter-miler" in those days but was often stuck in the
100 and 220 yards to maximize the team points.
sure that Coach Talamo, with his "What are you, a pussy?" Quantico-style
coaching macho technique, helped generations of wayward young lads find themselves
and get on with their lives. I suspect that his strategic advantage, as the USA's
winningest football coach in the late 1950s, was to confront broken forearms with
"Rub dirt on it. Get back in the game".
Coach Talamo certainly came along at the right time for me.
and suggestions are welcome if positive, resented if negative, .
All rights reserved, all wrongs avenged. Posted 10 April 2008.