By William J. Buchanan
"This isn't really your traditional account of a tender man's dying of melanoma, yet a full of life and unheard of tale of John Baker's decision to go away scholars with newfound talents and self-confidence. . . . a striking, uplifting tale of wish and backbone which isn't missed."--Bookwatch
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At that instant, on the track below, John crossed the finish line, a winner by inches. When the crowd's frenzy abated, the brunette grasped the astonished man's hand and apologized profusely. " It was a fantastic finale to an improbable highschool Page 42 sports career. " He was not yet eighteen. With scholarship bids from Texas Western, Arizona State, University of Arizona, the University of Oklahoma and six other colleges John chose to remain at home. He accepted an athletic scholarship to the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.
Unlike Robert, who approached his studies indifferently but still made high marks, John had to struggle for good grades. But determination was already one of his traits. At the first PTA meeting that year his teacher took Polly aside. "Mrs. Baker," she asked, a bit apprehensively, "do you and your husband . . well . . " Puzzled, Polly asked for an explanation. "John is so intense," she said. "He gets upset with himself when he can't grasp a lesson right off. " Polly laughed. "Next year you'll get Robert in your class.
The examination was quick. Then, while John dressed, Follingstad began to write on a small notepad. " John asked. Follingstad shook his head. "I don't think so. " He handed John the note. "Here's the name of a specialista urologist. I want you to go see him. " John studied the note: Dr. Edward L. Johnson. The name was followed by an address. John looked up, puzzled. " he asked. "Right now," Follingstad replied. Thirty minutes later John lay on his back on a narrow examination table, staring at a white tile ceiling.
A Shining Season: The True Story of John Baker by William J. Buchanan