Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Gore Vidal's dad, a SD native, more interesting

Author Gore Vidal died yesterday. His father, Eugene, who grew up in Madison, SD, is more interesting to me.

Eugene Vidal is in the South Dakota Sports Hall of Fame. Eugene was in the 1920 and 1924 Olympics, participating in the decathlon. He had been a stud athlete at USD. According to Wikipedia, he was a Coyote from 1913 to 1916, Vidal was a football, basketball, baseball and track letterman. He was captain of the University's 1915 football and 1916 basketball teams, leading the basketball team in scoring in 1915 and 1916, thereby assisting the University in winning an Intercollegiate Conference Title during his participation.

His bio doesn't peak with his athletic accomplishments. Vidal taught aeronautics at West Point and was one of the first Army Air Corps pilots.

And maybe his biggest claim to fame ... it's alleged he had a romantic relationship with Amelia Earhart.

How cool is all that!? Gore had some big shoes to fill. Jonah Goldberg, at least, doesn't seem to think he did that great a job of filling them.

** Adding this link to today's Madison Daily Leader story on Eugene Vidal.

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