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Lt. Col. John Sotham, left, and Capt Alonzo Chapman hold a little piece of home, the spring 2008 issue of MIZZOU magazine, while stationed at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan.

A picture is worth a thousand words

We wanted to send you a photo of the alumni chapter at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. We managed to watch some of the Mizzou-Illinois game on the Armed Forces Network and, of course, were feeling flush with victory! Your great magazine brought a smile to our faces and brought back memories of walking on the Quad, a slice of Shakespeare's pizza and a cool one at the old Heidelberg.

Go Mizzou!

Lt. Col. John Sotham, USAF, BS Ed ’91, MA ’94
Miami
Capt. Alonzo Chapman, USAF, BA ’02
Upper Marlboro, Md.

 

Remembering George Massengale

I read with great interest your article “Chariots of Fire” in the Summer 2008 issue of MIZZOU magazine. You see, there were three Missouri athletes on the 1920 Olympic Team: You mentioned Jackson Scholz, BJ ’20, and Brutus Hamilton. But my father, George P. Massengale, BA ’22, was also on the team. At age 19, he qualified fourth in the 200-meter event and made the trip to Antwerp for the Games. Unfortunately, he was injured on the ship going over and was unable to run. The alternate, Allan Woodring from Pennsylvania, replaced him and won the event.

Unlike Scholz, who was a good friend of my father, Dad did see the movie Chariots of Fire. He was also critical of a number of the Hollywood add-ons. Dad was a good friend of the 100-meter event winner, Charlie Paddock, who was known as “the world’s fastest human.” They visited one another years later in St. Louis.

I have some pictures taken in 1920, one of which shows Dad beating Scholz in the 220-yard dash in the Kansas-Missouri dual meet in Columbia.

My Dad passed away in 1988 in St. Louis.

I don’t think many universities have sent three of their athletes to one of the Olympic Games.

Robert Massengale, BSF ’56, MS ‘70
Jefferson City, Mo.