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Olympics: In ’48, a remarkable Cal man won the pole vault at the London Olympics

By Jeff Faraudo
Friday, July 20th, 2012 at 3:01 pm in Alumni, Olympics, Track and field.

He had completed his education at Cal six years earlier, was married, had a child and had flown cargo missions from India into China over the “Hump” of the Himalayas during World War II.

But Guinn Smith still had the skill and toughness necessary to win an Olympic gold medal in the pole vault in a rain storm at the 1948 London Games.

Here’s his story.

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  • Juancho

    Just broke down and boyght tickets to opening game. Jeff you should talk BANG into beartalk t shirts. I know id pony up some money for one that had my handle on it like a jersey.

    Imagine a juancho shirt walking through memorisl to see a covinared shirt ?

    Or an eric shirt encountering a jankoski?

    Or a steventexas encountering a takeoffthatredshirt ?

    Or a wisdomcow and a rollon? So on and so forth.

  • Will

    And a Beartalk onesie for Moren. If you’re as smart as a baby, and only as mature as a baby…then you should get the clothing of a baby LOL

  • steveNTexas

    Juancho I had actually forgotten the names of those I argue with most on here until you pointed it out. In the big picture its just sports although moren has some emotional problems.Takeoff and I differed on the direction of the Cal Basketball Program a year or two back-I thought it was going downhill he probably doesn’t. Its all entertainment.

    On the other hand here in Texas I fight real life battles-as a school board member vs the Texas State Board of Education injecting history into our textbooks. As as an atty with a client fighting a possible death penalty, and as an elected State Bar Director (its different here than Cal) in a fight vs an elitist condescending bar to be the first independent bar director.

    IN real life I would probably get along with any poster on here -well Moren is a sick unstable puppy and could one day pull a Colorado on the Cal Campus.

  • Larry

    SteveNTexas Says:
    “…well Moren is a sick unstable puppy and could one day pull a Colorado on the Cal Campus.”

    Do you still want those BearTalk shirts identifying yourself?

  • steveNTexas

    Actually it always elevates the discussions when these sites eliminate anonymous postings and go to facebook, or google for sign in.

  • Will

    If I thought that you were joking about Moren StevenTexas, I would have said “too soon”. But I think you might be serious, and I can’t blame you for thinking that..

  • steveNTexas

    Well I can’t say I’m a expert in its type of behavior but I’ve had 30years of experience with psychos murders both as the DA and Defense and have been Crim Professor.

    One will expect some razzing about traditional rivalries – Dodgers Giants or Texas v AM,Cal Stanford and its usually good-natured. Maybe now and then a “Giants or Aggies Suck” will be thrown in. I will meet attorneys who went to Stanford and I may tease them now and then,but if anything its amusing and adds to the relationship.

    Moren however spends an inordinate about of time being ugly and negative.I think there is definitely something wrong beyond being a “fan”.