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SBH
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  Message Not Read  The 'Four Horsemen of Ohio'
   Posted: 3/19/2021 9:26:33 AM 
https://www.cleveland.com/opinion/2021/03/the-never-befor...
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Scott Woods
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  Message Not Read  RE: The 'Four Horsemen of Ohio'
   Posted: 3/19/2021 12:52:06 PM 
Cool story - thanks for sharing!


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  Message Not Read  RE: The 'Four Horsemen of Ohio'
   Posted: 3/24/2021 10:04:24 PM 
I Remember Elmore Banton. Great guy!
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  Message Not Read  RE: The 'Four Horsemen of Ohio'
   Posted: 3/28/2021 8:54:33 AM 
giacomo wrote:
I Remember Elmore Banton. Great guy!


I worked with him one summer as a student janitor. We were assigned to different dorms but were thrown together on a few work crews over the summer. At that time he went by Elmo, later it got shortened to just, Mo.


"It is better to be an optimist and be proven a fool than to be a pessimist and be proven right."

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SBH
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  Message Not Read  RE: The 'Four Horsemen of Ohio'
   Posted: 3/28/2021 10:51:11 AM 
When I worked for The Post, I was initially assigned to cross country. I knew nothing about the sport. He took me under his wing, spent an afternoon explaining the strategies, etc. and gave me a list of 10-12 storylines to consider for my fall coverage. Some of them were self-serving, but most were great background stories on the runners, including how they split scholarships by quarter to make it through the year. Then he introduced me to the team and told them, "You WILL return his calls for interviews; you WILL make yourself available to him after practice and meets. You WILL be respectful and helpful."

Could have been because we were both from Akron -- in fact, his wife and kids lived in Akron and Mo split his time between home and Athens -- but he went above and beyond.


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Alan Swank
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  Message Not Read  RE: The 'Four Horsemen of Ohio'
   Posted: 3/29/2021 8:23:40 AM 
SBH wrote:
When I worked for The Post, I was initially assigned to cross country. I knew nothing about the sport. He took me under his wing, spent an afternoon explaining the strategies, etc. and gave me a list of 10-12 storylines to consider for my fall coverage. Some of them were self-serving, but most were great background stories on the runners, including how they split scholarships by quarter to make it through the year. Then he introduced me to the team and told them, "You WILL return his calls for interviews; you WILL make yourself available to him after practice and meets. You WILL be respectful and helpful."

Could have been because we were both from Akron -- in fact, his wife and kids lived in Akron and Mo split his time between home and Athens -- but he went above and beyond.




Even though Mo was older than me, I knew of him when he coached in the Goodyear Heights Hot Stove League at Reservoir Park in Akron. Here's a pretty cool picture of him winning the NCAA cross country race. Always enjoyed talking with him at the Green and White Club tailgates when he'd come back for Homecoming.

https://media.library.ohio.edu/digital/collection/archive... /

For awhile, he was the coach at John Carroll.

https://jcusports.com/sports/womens-cross-country/roster/...

Last Edited: 3/29/2021 8:26:10 AM by Alan Swank

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  Message Not Read  RE: The 'Four Horsemen of Ohio'
   Posted: 3/31/2021 11:17:36 PM 
Alan Swank wrote:

Even though Mo was older than me, . . .


While I realize that some modern, revisionist grammarians consider this correct, I would have thought that an old school guy like you, Alan, would have said "older than I." Not being judgmental, just registering a bit of a surprise.


"It is better to be an optimist and be proven a fool than to be a pessimist and be proven right."

Note: My avatar is the national colors of the 78th Ohio Veteran Volunteer Infantry, which are now preserved in a climate controlled vault at the Ohio History Connection. Learn more about the old 78th at: http://www.78ohio.org

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