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Mini Biographies of Scots and Scots Descendants (G)
Graham, Joan


I choose to make this a short story, although it can be quite long, and I will be happy to supply you with dates and information - this information may also be obtained from the Montreal sports pages of the year noted.

My mother, Joan Graham, was Canadian National track and field champion in 1949(?). She was known as "the Pony Express", and ran the 220 in Madison Square Garden in New York, L.A. and Montreal primarily. She stood 5' and weighed 94 lbs and was the fastest woman runner in Canada at the time. Her golden hair and cute looks won her the adoration of the Canadian public. She was their "golden girl". At one point, during an exhibition race against Fanny Blankers Cohen, my mother beat her, unofficially. To this day, there is no known record. I have seen my mother on the old reel-to-reels and watched fascinated as her little legs swept her by 6' tall giants, sat in awe as a 15 year old was bombarded by news hounds with microphones in hand, and looked on with love at my mother, Joan Graham, talked excitedly to the camera. To this day my mother still retains her clippings from the newspapers, her trophies are dull with age.. but this is a son who wants the world never to forget, that a GRAHAM won that title! If anybody has input to this, I would be happy to hear from you.

James Marshall


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