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Gold Medalist Eddie Hart of the 1972 Summer Olympics with sportswriter Dave Newhouse
Join Oakland's Dave Newhouse, former long-time sports columnist for the Oakland Tribune & East Bay Olympian Eddie Hart in an introduction to their new book: Disqualified: Eddie Hart, Munich 1972, and the Voices of the Most Tragic Olympics (Black Squirrel Books). Hart, from Pittsburg, is an Olympic gold-medalist who shared a world record in the 100-meter dash after starring as a sprinter at Contra Costa College and on the University of California Golden Bears track team.
He was favored to win that showpiece race in the tragic 1972 Olympic Games held in Munich, Germany, but on August 31, 1972, Hart and his teammate, Rey Robinson, with whom he shared the world record in the 100-meter sprint, failed to arrive in time for a quarterfinal heat after their coach was misinformed about the starting time. The snafu led to the disqualification of the world's two fastest sprinters and cost Hart his shot at the gold medal in track-and-field's most prestigious event. The following Tuesday, Palestinian militants would shock the world with the infamous Munich Massacre, during which 11 Israeli Olympians and a German police officer were killed.
After the Games resumed, Hart would go on to win a gold medal as anchor of Team USA's 400-meter relay team that set a new world record in that race during those tragic games.
Hart will recall the drama of that summer in Germany and along with Newhouse, describe how he got there, growing up the son of a survivor of an earlier tragedy, the horrendous explosion at the Port Chicago Naval Weapons Station in 1944.
This event is part of a regular series of Saturday afternoon salons featuring members of the local community who are contributing to the cultural fabric of the city.