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The Boys of '36

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Waldron proudly sponsored the July 25th Boys of ’36 Luncheon at the historic Seattle Yacht Club, benefitting Cascade Public Media/ KCTS9. The event promoted the documentary, and featured a panel of esteemed speakers; American Experience Executive Producer, Mark Samuel, Co-producer Mary Carillo, and Director Margaret Grossi. Waldron's President and Cascade Public Media/ KCTS Board MemberMike Humphries hosted a table at the event in support, and noted the engaging panel discussion which featured the film's  creators.

The Boys of ’36 is a captivating documentary about the 9 University of Washington rowers who made up the 1936 US Olympic crew team that brought home the gold medal in the 1936 Berlin Olympics in Nazi Germany. 

This inspiring true story of trust, hard work, and camaraderie gives life to Washington State history.  “There is this element of redemption, but there is also this element of achieving a goal through trust and brotherhood” (The Boys of ’36).  

From Bob Moch, the coxswain who called the team to victory; to Don Hume, the stroke who contracted a bad chest cold just before the Olympics; to whom the crew team was so loyal, they may have refused to row without him at the Olympics.  The Boys of ’36 shares many challenges that these hard working boys from the Great Depression overcame through strength, courage, and trust to compete in one of the most popular sports of the time.

For those of us fortunate enough to have rowed at Washington during our college years, the story of these men is not far removed from many of the personal experiences shared since rowing first began on the shores of Lake Washington in 1903” (huskycrew.com). 

The 2016 Olympics in Rio will feature four UW men on the US men’s 8+ crew team, the same 8+ category as the boys from the ’36 team.  Two UW women will be on the US women’s 8+ crew team, including the coxswain.

Waldron's Founder and CEO and UW Evans School Advisory Board Member, Tom Waldron and Mike both attended the UW campus The Boys of ’36 reception and pre-screening on July 26th. The reception was full of enthusiastic attendees; not a single seat was empty in anticipation of the documentary which highlights the UW and our region's intriguing and spirited history.  Based on Daniel James Brown’s best seller, The Boys in the Boat; Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Olympics, the hour-long film captures the hearts of Seattleites and beyond.  

Involved in governance at both the UW Foundation and CPM/ KCTS respectively, Tom and Mike enthusiastically celebrate this American Experience film, which premiered live on KCTS9 on August 2nd, 2016.  You can watch the Boys of '36 online.

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