Marvellous Steve! As far as I could tell, you have a great ability to relate to the events in the past, segue them into the current powerful themes and then present a whole new perspective. I would open a pandora box and call you almost Chomskian in sports journalism. Congratulations again!
Posted by Andy C
08/26/2009 at 08:36 PM
Congratulations. I remember the piece well. It's amazing how evocative the characters and images from that time are.
Posted by awwo
08/26/2009 at 11:43 PM
Posted by reckoner
08/27/2009 at 12:25 AM
tennis always gets a bad rap from bill simmons, the sports guy
Being old enough to remember '68, I was genuinely thrilled to read this piece of excellent journalism. Your final focus on Ashe is utterly appropriate. The previous year Guess Who's Coming to Dinner was released and the Supreme Court finally invalidated miscegenation laws in Loving v Virginia. The Olympics "black power" salute and Ashe's victory the following year were part of sports contribution to a great wave that was painfully washing away a great stain on the American soul -- a wave has that reached a fulfilment of sorts with the election of Obama.
A very different world, but one from which this world was born.
Posted by Aussiemarg Madame President finally comes out of rehab and rejoices in Vamos Forever
08/27/2009 at 06:46 AM
Steve Congratulations and take a well deserved Bow!
Posted by embug
08/27/2009 at 06:52 AM
Congratulations, Steve. I always read your work and am always astonished at its depth and delivery. You're the best!
Posted by skip1515
08/27/2009 at 07:06 AM
Pete recently wrote that if someone were to create the Federer story on paper no one would believe it. Regardless of whether that is true in that case or not, it is emphatically true of the history of 1968. Reading it all in one timeline, even for one who lived it, is simply overwhelming.
Posted by Emma (insertwittymantrahere)
08/27/2009 at 08:54 AM
Congrats Steve, very well deserved kudos for your always excellent work.
Posted by nica
08/27/2009 at 09:07 AM
Well deserved award.
Posted by Ro'ee
08/27/2009 at 10:12 AM
Posted by princepro110
08/27/2009 at 10:17 AM
Steve thanks for pointing out that Arthur Ashe served in the US Army during the Vietnam war. I think Stan Smith was a private in the US Army during that war also when he won a grand slam.
Now we are in our own Vietnam called Afghanistan and since 9/11 I can't think of one US ATP player who has served our country. We now let those not so high up on the food chain do the fighting along with our hired mercenaries.
Yes the 60's had deep problems that seemed to be shared by all segments of society.............yet today the ulitimate sacrifice is bore by so few.
Posted by susan
08/27/2009 at 10:43 AM
This coming at a time of kennedy's death....
watching all those TV clips, particularly the one of him delivering the eulogy at the memorial service for his assassinated brother Robert, with this voice cracking throughout,was heartbreaking. I was a kid but I can remember. My very thought today when i saw that was, wow, so so much happened during those years.
I love this sentence: That’s right, we’re back in 1968, the year when everything happened.
Posted by Arun
08/27/2009 at 10:45 AM
Congratulations, Steve. This article deserves that recognition. I hadn't read this one before - thanks for posting it.
Posted by susan
08/27/2009 at 10:48 AM
and yes, congratulations. first read for me
Posted by streams
08/27/2009 at 11:07 AM
Wow, Steve, congratulations, glad to hear you got an award for your writing. It thought you should have got an award for that piece you did on Rafa earlier in the year :) but maybe I was biased by the content as much as the writing :)
Posted by Well Left
08/27/2009 at 11:25 AM
Thanks for putting this up here, Steve.
Well-deserved recognition. I enjoyed the piece again, it blew me away in Tennis.
Posted by Andrew
08/27/2009 at 12:18 PM
Sometimes I feel about watching you write a little bit like watching a top pro hit a shot - I sorta understand how it's done, but mostly enjoy it and admire what's gone into it.
Posted by M-life
08/27/2009 at 12:37 PM
Excellent work Steve. Congratulations to you, well earned, rightly rewarded.
Posted by Libby
08/27/2009 at 12:42 PM
Congratulations on the award, Steve -- very well deserved!
Posted by charles
08/27/2009 at 01:06 PM
lovely piece of writing
Posted by Mickey
08/27/2009 at 03:42 PM
Well written and informative--congratuations!
Posted by Sher
08/27/2009 at 04:32 PM
Congratulations on the award, Steve. You deserve it!
Posted by Heidi
08/27/2009 at 05:06 PM
Congrats, Steve. I remember this piece well. Great job! I hope there's a trophy you can put next to your squash memorabilia.
Posted by Lynne (Rafalite)
08/27/2009 at 05:40 PM
Steve: Many congratulations. So thoroughly well deserved!
Congrats Steve. You da man. "soixante huitard"..nice! I always learn something new from your pieces.
Posted by Kenneth
08/28/2009 at 10:06 AM
Very well deserved accolades, Steve. The article is worthy.
Posted by Metro
08/28/2009 at 10:44 AM
Congratulations on your award, way to go. This is a well researched article and provides a good understanding of the history.
Posted by daylily
08/28/2009 at 09:49 PM
Steve, what a beautifully written exploration of the times i grew up in and, more specifically, the year i graduated from high school....ah yes, those were the days, my friend,.....
as usual, you've gone far toward capturing the moment in words. those were times so volatile and ever changing that one needs visuals to truly feel the disruption and eventual destruction of "normal everyday life" and everything customary and familiar about our lives. it was sort of a freefall into the unknown. it was an exhilarating and frightening time to be almost an adult -- no wonder drugs were so popular.....:)
i've always wondered just what transpired to change tennis forever in the open era, and now i know. thank you. the times they are a-changin',,,,,,,