Monday, January 28, 2019

Kennedy School History Pub

“The Boys in the Boat” – A Daughter Remembers

Kennedy School

6 pm doors, 7 pm event

Free. First come, first served. Arrive early!

All ages welcome

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About “The Boys in the Boat” – A Daughter Remembers

“The Boys in the Boat” – A Daughter Remembers

Presented by Judy Willman

The critically acclaimed non-fiction novel The Boys in Boat, by Daniel James Brown, celebrates the 1936 U.S. men’s Olympic eight-oar rowing team – nine working class boys from the Pacific Northwest who stormed the rowing world, transformed the sport, and galvanized the attention of millions of Americans. Join us for an explanation of the book’s genesis and stories from the daughter of Joe Rantz, one of those working class boys who made history.

This presentation will begin with a little history on how the book was “born” and covers some of the process involved in its writing. Our speaker will take a brief biographical look at each of the boys and includes both a reading from the book and film footage of the actual Olympic race taken from Leni Riefenstahl’s period documentary movie Olympia. Our speaker’s presentation will then look at what Joe Rantz was like as a father, touches on his later life, and then probes the question of why the book has had such an impact on those who read it. A slideshow of historical pictures accompanies the talk.

About the Speaker:

Judy Rantz Willman is the daughter of Joe Rantz. She grew up in Lake Forest Park, Washington, and graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics Education. She and her husband, Ray, live on five acres outside of Redmond accompanied by two horses and two cats. They have two adult children and four grandchildren.

Judy sings in the choir at Washington Cathedral in Redmond, Washington, and is a member of the adult drama group. She writes short stories and essays and has been published several times in national magazines. She also won awards in international writing competitions.

* Judy will happily autograph any books brought to the event by audience members. 

About Kennedy School History Pub

Kennedy School History Pub

These monthly, free events are open to everyone interested in Oregon and Pacific Northwest history. Co-sponsored by like-minded historical and civic organizations, we bring you experts, scholars, first-person experiencers and historians who expound on topics from Lewis and Clark to shipwrecks, hop growing to women pioneers and far, far beyond. It's like being back in the classroom - except this time you get to settle into comfortable seats and enjoy a drink or two with dinner while you listen and learn.

This event is eligible for a History Pub Stamp