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Following the Torch: The Summer Olympics 1932-2012

By Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library

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Harry Nelson has attended every Summer Olympic Games but one since 1932. He’ll speak about his extraordinary Olympic experiences at the Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library on Thursday, December 27 at 7 p.m.

Nelson’s family attended the 1932 Los Angeles Games when he was ten years old, and except for the Berlin Olympics in 1936, he has been at every one since. In 1952, he sold his car to pay the fare to the Helsinki Games. He and his wife, Dee, even postponed their honeymoon for a year so it would coincide with a trip to Melbourne for the 1956 Olympics. “I really believe the Olympic Games help bring countries together, not in a professional sense but in terms of the honor of competing,” says Nelson.

Harry Nelson’s talk is free, but attendees are asked to register with the library online at or by calling (330) 688-3295 ext. 4. This program is co-sponsored by the Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library and the Friends of the Library. The Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library is located at 3512 Darrow Road in Stow.

For more information about this event, please call 330-688-3295 and contact Ann Malthaner at extension 110 or Mary McDonald at extension 228.