The Olympic spirit at Penn Vet

We are very excited to announce the arrival of a new novel to our collection, just in time for the London 2012 Summer Olympics.  The Olympian by Craig T. Williams tells a tale based on the life of a Penn Vet graduate (V ’08) and Olympic gold medalist. According to the book’s websiteThe Olympian is a triumphant story based on the life of John Baxter Taylor Jr., a graduate of Philadelphia’s Central High School and the University of Pennsylvania and one of the first members of the Sigma Pi Phi fraternity. This chronicle of Taylor’s extraordinary Olympic experience is filled with love, passion and the achievement of a dream against all odds. One hundred years after the fact, the first African American gold medal winner’s amazing story is captured in this poignant historical novel.”  For more information about Taylor, see this article from the University Archives Record center, and of course, come check out the book!

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