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Rare Original 10k Gold 1960 Rome Summer Olympics U. S. Olympic Team Ring T&F More

Rare Original 10k Gold 1960 Rome Summer Olympics U. S. Olympic Team Ring T&F More
Rare Original 10k Gold 1960 Rome Summer Olympics U. S. Olympic Team Ring T&F More
Rare Original 10k Gold 1960 Rome Summer Olympics U. S. Olympic Team Ring T&F More
Rare Original 10k Gold 1960 Rome Summer Olympics U. S. Olympic Team Ring T&F More
Rare Original 10k Gold 1960 Rome Summer Olympics U. S. Olympic Team Ring T&F More
Rare Original 10k Gold 1960 Rome Summer Olympics U. S. Olympic Team Ring T&F More
Rare Original 10k Gold 1960 Rome Summer Olympics U. S. Olympic Team Ring T&F More
Rare Original 10k Gold 1960 Rome Summer Olympics U. S. Olympic Team Ring T&F More
Rare Original 10k Gold 1960 Rome Summer Olympics U. S. Olympic Team Ring T&F More
Rare Original 10k Gold 1960 Rome Summer Olympics U. S. Olympic Team Ring T&F More
Rare Original 10k Gold 1960 Rome Summer Olympics U. S. Olympic Team Ring T&F More
Rare Original 10k Gold 1960 Rome Summer Olympics U. S. Olympic Team Ring T&F More

Rare Original 10k Gold 1960 Rome Summer Olympics U. S. Olympic Team Ring T&F More   Rare Original 10k Gold 1960 Rome Summer Olympics U. S. Olympic Team Ring T&F More
SEE ADDITIONAL 36 PICTURES BELOW FIRST PART OF DESCRIPTION FURTHER DETAILS AND A MORE IN-DEPTH BIOGRAPHY THAT WE WILL CONTINUE TO BUILD UPON FOLLOW THESE ADDITIONAL PICS SO KEEP SCROLLING! , This Is An Awesome Vintage Estate Grouping With The Heart Of The Lot Being A Rare Original Size 13 Jostens 10k Yellow Gold 1960 Rome Summer Olympics U.

Olympic Team Ring With Faux Sapphire Awarded To U. Mens Track And Field Committeeman And New England Track Legend Ralph Harold Colson (19021979) Who Would Go On To Become U. Olympic Team Mens Track And Field Assistant Manager For The 1964 Olympics In Tokyo; Rest Of Group Includes A 1961 Signed Personalized Letter From His Friend Ted Edward M.

Olympic Games Escutcheon Shield Pin, 1960 Roma MCMLX Olympic Games Lapel Pin, 14k Yellow Gold RHC Monogrammed Cufflinks, Knights Of Columbus Games Boston Sneaker KOCH Alligator Tie Clip, U. Missouri Association Mighty Mo BB-63 Keychain & Pins That May Have Belonged To His Son (See Description For Details), And More; 1960 U. Mens Track And Field Olympic Team At The Time Was Arguably The Greatest Track And Field Team Ever Assembled With 8 Future National Track And Field Hall Of Fame Inductees Colson Was U. Mens Track And Field Team Manager Of Most Of These Same Athletes The Previous Year At The 1959 U.

Dominated Third Pan American Games With Gold In 18 Of 22 events And Podium Sweeps For 7, That Team And These Games Of The XVII Olympiad Were Bound For The World And Olympic Record Books, The 1960 Olympic Games Also Introduced An International Audience To Gold Medalist Light Heavyweight Boxer The Greatest Cassius Clay / Muhammad Ali, Others Stars Of The Games Included Wilma Rudolph Who Would Win 3 Gold Medals, Jerry West, And Mens Track Team Members Rafer Johnson, Don Tarzan Bragg, Glenn Davis, Otis Pops Davis, Glenn Jeep Davis, Ralph Boston, Al Oerter, Bill Nieder, Lee Calhoun, Hayes Jones, Dave Sime, And Dallas Long; As For The Gifted Man Who Wore This Ring, Ralph Harold Colson Was An Amazing, Accomplished, And Charitable Man Who Dedicated Over A Half Century Of His Life To Track Affairs And Physical Fitness, He Was The Recipient Of The Presidential Citation Of Service Among Many Other Honors, A Highly Decorated Athlete (At One Point The 60-Yard Dash Interscholastic World Record Holder) Whose Own Personal Quest For Olympic Gold Would End With Injury At The 1924 U. Olympic Trials, During World War II He Directed The Fitness Regimen Of The Navys Seventh Fleet And Would Continue His Advocacy Into The 1960s And Beyond Rising To The Rank Of U. Naval Reserve Captain, Beefing Up The Navy Was His Avocation And Along The Way With Brawn And The President Of The United States On His Side Persuaded JFK To Use His Commander-In-Chief Prerogative And Order A Daily Exercise Program On All Military Fronts, Captain Colson Was A Gifted Coach, Educator, And Meet Organizer Who Brought Track With Him Everywhere He Went, Even Managing Giant Navy-Sponsored Meets On Aircraft Carriers And In Dirigible Hangars, And For Nearly 3 Decades Organized Novice And Open Meets At The Fargo Barracks In South Boston, South Boston Naval Annex; As You Can See We Have Lots To Say About This Spectacular Fresh-To-Market Lot But Before This Introduction Gets Any Longer, Well Finish By Requesting That You Read Our Detailed Item Description(s) Below, Please View Or Search Our Other Items Here. Please see the additional 36 pictures we embedded below the first part of the description. And if you want to learn more, scroll past the 3 dozen additional pictures for a work-in-progress biography and additional details.

This is probably the longest description we have ever written (and we will still keep adding to it) so please bear with us. Once we started researching this material it was hard to stop. One source would lead to another and then another and on and on, and even still we have not exhausted whats out there to explore. Olympic Team 10k yellow gold size 13 Jostens ring with faux sapphire from the 1960 Games of the XVII Olympiad held in Rome, Italy from August 25 to September 11, 1960. We have a lot to say about Ralph Harold Colson (June 12, 1902September 30, 1979) whose RHC monogram is engraved on the inner band of this beautiful ring, but before sharing what we have learned about this star athlete and distinguished gentleman who was active in track affairs for 50 years we want to first offer the nutshell of what is included in this awesome group, starting again with the noted centerpiece, followed by a more detailed physical description of each.

Olympic Team 10k gold Jostens ring (23.79 grams total weight) awarded to 1960 Summer Olympics U. Olympic Team Mens Track and Field Committeeman Ralph Harold Colson, the team that would go on to win 9 track and field gold medals, 8 silver medals, and 5 bronze medals along the way to setting 3 world records and 5 Olympic records. Incredibly 10 members of the team would be honored as inductees into the National Track and Field Hall of Fame. 1961 personalized signed letter from Edward "Ted" Kennedy that apparently accompanied his gift of a medal he had asked be blessed for Colson by Pope John XXIII when he met with the Pope in Rome. Olympic Games Great Seal escutcheon shield pin.

1960 Roma MCMLX Olympic Games pin with ancient Roman foundation myth symbol of she-wolf suckling Romulus & Remus (Romulus was the legendary founder and first king of Rome). 14k yellow gold RHC monogrammed cufflinks. Missouri Association Mighty Mo BB-63 Iowa-class battleship accessory group (according to Colsons grandson may have belonged to son Warren who served as a naval officer on the battleship during the Korean War). 2 Unidentified L cufflinks or lapel pins (different from each other; also may have belonged to Warren and appear to have been from Boston Latin School). Knights of Columbus K of C Games Boston sneaker KOCH alligator tie clip.

Knights of Columbus emblem lapel pin. The ring is marked as follows: U. The Latin phrase is the Olympic motto and translates to Faster, Higher, Stronger. The inner ring band has Ralph Harold Colsons RHC monogram engraved into it.

Some of the manufacturing mark is completed faded away in areas. The ring also has aging, wear, scratches, nicks, dings, discoloration, and dirty and/or stained areas. The stone appears to be an oval faux sapphire.

The stone has heavy wear with scratches, nicks, and chipping throughout. The ring weighs roughly 23.79 grams and appears to be a mens size 13.

The letter from Edward Kennedy reads as follows: EDWARD M. DEAR RALPH: DURING MY RECENT VISIT IN ROME, I HAD THE PLEASURE OF MEETING WITH OUR HOLY FATHER, POPE JOHN XXIII, AND THE PRIVILEGE OF RECEIVING HIS BLESSING. I EXPRESSED MY WISH TO SHARE THIS HONOR WITH MY FRIENDS AND ASKED HIM TO BLESS THE ENCLOSED MEDAL FOR YOU. The letter is also signed Ted Kennedy in what looks like blue ink.

We unfortunately do not have the medal described in the letter that was blessed by Pope John XXIII. The letter measures roughly 8 1/2 x 6. The letter is unfortunately in very poor condition and has yellowing, aging, discoloration, wrinkles, creases, edge wear, fold marks, bumped corners, peeling, dirty and/or heavily stained areas, tape residue, and what looks like some red scribbling.

The matching set of 14k yellow gold RHC monogrammed cufflinks are marked 14K and weigh roughly 3.63 grams. Each of the cufflinks individual oval shields measure roughly 11/16 x 1/2. These cufflinks have scratches, aging, wear, fading, dings, dents, bending, and discoloration. The rectangular 1960 Roma MCMLX Olympic Games pin reads as follows: ROMA.

This pin appears to be enameled in areas. This pin measures roughly 1 3/16 x 9/16. This item and the remaining items described below all have aging, scratches, discoloration, nicks, wear, and dirty and/or stained areas. Olympic Games escutcheon shield pin is unmarked but we believe it also dates back to the 1960 Olympics. The pin measures roughly 5/8 x 3/4.

This pin also looks to be enameled in areas. Missouri Association BB-63 keychain is marked U. UNITED STATES NAVY & MARINE CORPS VETERANS.

OVER THIS SPOT ON 2 SEPTEMBER 1945 THE INSTRUMENT OF FORMAL SURRENDER OF JAPAN TO THE ALLIED POWERS WAS SIGNED THUS BRINGING TO A CLOSE THE SECOND WORLD WAR. LATITUDE 35º2117 NORTHLONGITUDE 139º4536 EAST.

The keychain measures roughly 1 5/8 in diameter not including the hanging ring. There is also a small brass plated BB63 lapel pin that measures roughly 15/16 x 1/4 as well as a small enameled pin. The small enameled pin reads U. This enamel pin measures roughly 3/4 in diameter. There are what appear to be two enameled cufflinks that have the letter L on them.

One of these cufflinks is also marked 41-42. We are unsure as to what these are but according to Colsons grandson who we are in contact with they likely belonged to Colsons son Warren. He stated that Warren attended Boston Latin School in the early 1940s and believes they were issued to him by the exam school.

They measure roughly 1/2 in diameter. The Knights of Columbus sneaker tie clip is marked K OF C GAMES. The sneaker component measures roughly 1 1/8 x 1/2. The alligator clip looks to be in working order and functions as it should. The sneaker appears to be made of brass and was not attracted to a magnet.

The alligator clip appears to be brass plated and was attracted to a magnet. And finally there is a Knights of Columbus emblem lapel pin that appears to be made of brass and enamel. SCROLL PAST THE ADDITIONAL 36 PICTURES BELOW FOR AN INITIAL AND FOR NOW INCOMPLETE ACCOUNTING OF THE RICH AND FRUITFUL LIFE OF RALPH HAROLD COLSON, THE GAMES OF THE XVII OLYMPIAD AND ITS PARTICIPANTS, AND MORE. As promised, well now share some of what we learned about the life of the man who first wore the Olympic ring over a half century ago and the games for which he was awarded it. Our hope is that through our efforts well do justice in telling at least part of his story and succeed in connecting some of the dots that link this honorable man to the items in this estate grouping.

That said, while we tried our best to accurately interpret and summarize the information we compiled, we of course welcome any additional information or clarification anyone may have to offer that may help us to expand upon our initial efforts. Ralph Harold Colson was born in Boston on June 12, 1902, the youngest of Oscar and Hanna Colsons 9 children (6 boys and 3 girls). His parents had emigrated from Sweden around 1880 and settled in East Boston. Ralph attended Samuel Adams Elementary School which was literally 200 yards as the crow flies from his family home at 98 Everett Street.

One can envision the youngster honing his sprinting skills on days he was running late, perhaps covering the short distance from home to school in well under a minute. After all, by the time he arrived at the University of Pennsylvania in 1923 he was able to run the 220-yard dash in 22 seconds! The red brick and sandstone building sits atop a small hill that offers a commanding view of Boston Harbor just beyond the East Boston steamship wharves and railroad terminus, which at the time included those operated by the Boston & Albany and Boston & Maine Railroad Companies, and the Leyland and Cunard Steamship Companies.

We wonder if the sight of the active wharves and harbor from Adams of all the ships coming and going may have acted as a secondary influence in young Ralphs decision to later enlist in the U. We would guess that the primary influences for enlisting likely originated from within his family.

Ralphs older brother Frank was also drawn to the sea and owned his first boat at the age of 16, a catboat moored at Jeffries Point likely within the sight-line of the Adams school. Were jumping ahead here, but Frank served in the U.

Navy during WWI soon after graduating from the Mechanics Arts High School in Bostons Back Bay where he first cultivated his artistic talents. He furthered his art education after the war and later landed at the Charlestown Naval Shipyard working as a letterer and grainer. He would go on to gain recognition for his portrait paintings, rich marinescapes, and paintings of naval vessels at sea, including a large majestic painting of the U. Constitution Old Ironsides hung in the Navy Yards Officers Club.

Ralph would follow in his brothers military footsteps and enlist in the U. Naval Reserve during WWII, eventually rising to the rank of Captain. The brothers shared the naval experience but each applied their personalities to it in different and creative ways. Where Frank saw the artistry and grandeur of an aircraft carrier, Ralph saw an opportunity to turn the flight deck into a track and hold a meetand would seize it!

But again, we are getting ahead of ourselves. Needless to say, once Ralph Harold Colson caught the track/fitness bug, he not only carried it with him wherever he went, he made it contagious.

Returning to his earlier years, Ralphalong with over 7,500 other students in the Boston elementary schoolsgraduated from Adams on June 23, 1916. It was soon after he had turned 14, and just 3 months after his mother had died prematurely at the age of 50.

He more than likely started to develop his athleticism in the Adams schoolyard though we found no mention of his athletic endeavors until he started to shine at his next stop, East Boston High School, from which he graduated in 1920. It was there that he would be discovered by athletic coach Fred L. OBriento whom Colson later credited all of his successand named captain of both the football and track teams.

He quickly gained public recognition for his exceptional athleticism, and many newspaper articles published in 1919 and 1920 heralded Colsons high school athletic achievements, highlights of which included the following. Tied and then broke the world interscholastic record in the 60-yard dash (to this day the Massachusetts State Track Coaches Association MSTCA runs the Ralph Colson 55 Meter Dash at its Annual Invitational and the Ralph Colson Memorial Dash at its Elite Invitational). Established regimental and district records in the 50-yard dash and the hop, step, and jump. Scored all 4 touchdowns (one per period) in the 1919 title game of the Boston District High School League Championship, a shutout victory over Brighton High. Once scored 10 touchdowns in one half against South Boston High School in a 75-0 win, and was an all-scholastic selection at fullback. Upon graduating from East Boston High School, Colson next attended Allen Military School in West Newton, Massachusetts from 19201922. An advertisement in Boys Life from the time described the schools chief purpose: To develop through strict military discipline, alert, self-reliant minds and bodies, prepared to meet any emergency. But later in the same ad we believe we may have found Colsons chief purpose for attending: The buildings are modern and well equipped. There is every facility for outdoor and indoor sports, with gymnasium, swimming pool, and athletic fields. The physical training at Allen School is particularly thorough. Indeed Colson took advantage of his time at Allen and was again selected as track captain throughout his attendance there.

His performance continued to improve, often winning multiple events at the meets he participated in and tying an 1899 world interscholastic record in the 100-yard dash that had stood for over 20 years. We are unsure of the timeline and duration, but Colson next landed at Mercersburg Academy in Pennsylvania, a coed college preparatory boarding school nestled in the rural farmlands at the eastern foot of Cove Mountain on the west side of the Great Appalachian Valley, northwest of Washington, D. And due west of his next stop, Philadelphia.

We were unable to find any information about his achievements while attending the academy other than confirming he was a member or its track and football programs, undoubtedly in leadership positions. And his seemingly seamless transition to the role of Ivy League university student-athlete, entering the University of Pennsylvania (Penn) in 1923, attests to his continued athletic development. In fact, as a freshman at Penn he was not only the captain of the varsity track team and a fullback for Penns football squad, he was already considered a candidate for the 1924 Olympics to be held in Paris. Or as a 1931 Boston Globe article would later put it, As a freshman at Penn he could step the 100 in 9.9 seconds, broad jump 23 feet, get over 47 feet in the hop, step-and-jump, do 46 feet with the 12-pound shot, and race the 220-yard dash in 22 seconds. Indeed it was at Penn that Colson showed his best sprinting form and was rated as one of the fastest men In Eastern collegiate circles. Despite this promise, it would be injury that would keep the talented sprinter from qualifying to travel to Paris with the U. During the Eastern tryouts Colson pulled a tendon in his leg, forcing him to pull out of the competition. We can only wonder what he might have achieved had he been able to run in those Olympics. The setback did not end his participation in track or football at Penn, but another more serious setback in 1926 would. His father and sister died within a short time of each other, and Colson was forced to leave Penn in his junior year and return to East Boston. The concept of a clouds silver lining goes back to John Milton in 1634 and the old wisdom associated with the idiom it spawned, that every cloud has a silver lining, applied to Ralph Colsons roller coaster year of 1926 which would end with a tremendous upswing. Mattapan Girl Becomes Bride of East Boston Track Star read the headline in the December 3, 1926 edition of the Boston Globe. The evening prior Colson had wed Miss Svea Zachrisson at the Emmanuel Swedish Church in Roxbury, Massachusetts. Three hundred guests witnessed the ceremony administered by the churchs pastor, Rev.

As fate would have it this silver lining would turn goldfive decades later the pair celebrated their golden anniversary having raised two children, their son Warren and daughter Lorraine, born in 1928 and 1931 respectively. The couples return to Boston from their honeymoon marked the end of Ralphs residence in East Boston as he moved from his childhood home to live in Sveas native Mattapan, moving to the same street that Sveas parents lived on. Colson at the time worked in a sporting goods store, and in the years following, in addition to starting his family, he would start the next leg of his track journey by throwing his hat into the coaching ring.

It was a natural progression of the perennial track captains career and to no ones surprise he started his coaching career off with a bang, coaching the Everett High School track team from 19301932 which culminated in his 1932 teams indoor and outdoor State Class B championships. Even before the 1932 crownings of his Everett teams, Colson had already gained the confidence of Olympic mens track coach Lawton Robertson who had mentored the young man for three years at Penn. So impressed was Robertson in Colsons athletic discipline and natural leadership that he officially nominated him in July of 1931 to be coach of the 1932 Womens U. Olympic Track And Field Team.

We dont believe that Colson was chosen for the position, though we did find one Boston Globe article from 1954 claiming he was. However, because we were unable to verify that claim with any other sources we believe the claim may have been made in error as we were unable to find any mention of his participation in the official record book of the 1932 Olympics. That said, although we believe its likely that Colson was not actually chosen for the position, having even been nominated by his own lauded mentor we feel is grand testament to the very high regard with which the new father and coach was held.

Colson followed his successful Everett coaching stint with concurrent positions as track coach of Dedham High School and, starting in 1934, as coach of the freshman track team of Boston University. The latter position offered Colson life-changing opportunities on two fronts: the chance to coach college level athletes and, equally as important, to do so in tandem with the prospective fellowship he would earn through his coaching, thus allowing him the opportunity to finally achieve his goal of obtaining his degree. So it was with great pride that Colson proudly accepted his Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Boston University in June of 1935. The degree proved to be the stepping stone that would allow Colson to coalesce his talents and hop, step, and jump to the upper echelons of physical education and the coaching of track and field. He wasted no time in putting his degree to use, landing the position of Fitchburg State Teachers College Director of Health & Physical Education in September of that very year. Colsons rise continued the following year in 1936 when he became Assistant Supervisor of Physical Education for the Massachusetts Department of Education, a position he would occupy until his promotion to Supervisor in 1949. He was named Senior Supervisor in 1954 and remained in that position until his retirement in 1972 at the age of 70. While that short passage fairly summarizes Colsons professional accomplishments, we must return to the mid- to late-1930s to shine light on the other facets of his memorable life. To complete the discussion of his personal educational pursuits first though, in 1938 Colson climbed that final rung in receiving his Masters in Education.

We found reliable sources stating both Boston University and Harvard University as the institution(s) that awarded the degree, but we were unable to find definitive information clarifying the issue and cannot rule out that the degree was somehow associated with both universities. Either way, Colsons actual physical thesis titled Progress made in improving the physical fitness of freshmen in six state teachers colleges of Massachusetts for the school year 193738 was gifted by Colson to the Boston University School of Education and can still be found in the librarys collection. If one wishes to read it, the original has been scanned and can be found online.

We do highly recommend seeking it out as it offers some insight into the workings of the man, and it illustrates the obvious passion he brought to physical education by championing the role it can play in maintaining a healthy, happy society, or as the man himself put it in his thesis, [G]ood health or abundant vitality is a prime human virtue. Pride in ones heritage is also a prime human virtue, and Colson spent his life carrying the torch for both his beloved United States and his historic homeland Sweden. Evidence of that pride can be found in this period, and the year 1934 was the earliest reference we could find to yet another title he had added to his C. That of sports editor of the aptly-named Swedish-American newspaper Svea, which aside from being the lovely name of his lovely wife literally means of the Swedes and is the female personification of Sweden. His most notable feature article proved to be his annual selection of the All-American Swedish Football Team. One source we found that mentioned his annual list is worth noting here as it goes beyond just chronicling the somewhat superficial recognition of exceptional Swedish football players in a niche newspaper and makes reference to Colsons character. The Boston Globe article from October 9, 1937 tells of Captain Olaf W. The gift was a token of this proud fathers appreciation of Colson having selected his son Sven for three consecutive years to the exclusive list. The article goes on to state that Colson was well known for his efforts in arranging higher education courses for underprivileged youths. Given Colsons own personal and substantial struggles to continue his pursuit of a higher education, the fact that we would then help young prosepective students facing similar circumstances to fulfill their own dreams for continued education is no surprise. In fact, having studied the man as much as we have we would have expected nothing less.

Colson was indeed a proud Swede, but the most prominent and honorable example of Ralph Colsons inherent patriotism, in this case of the American variety, was of course his enlistment in the U. Naval Reserve during World War II.

We are yet to determine his exact year of enlistment, but by 1944 he was described as Lieutenant Ralph Colson, and in that same year he was already putting his athletic and educational experience, his organizational acumen and tireless work ethic, and his motivational talents and enthusiasm to work promoting his love of track and his fitness philosophy. Colson would do his part in boosting wartime morale in 1944 by running his first Navy-sponsored track meet at a military site, an armed-services affair aboard the roomy and newly-launched Essex-class aircraft carrier U. The Colson meets soon expanded to include school age and collegiate athletes.

Under his stewardship and leadership these novice and open meetsstill sponsored by the Navyblossomed for at least 20 years and perhaps beyond. The highlight of his efforts according to Colson himself came in 1953 when he ran a meet in the dirigible hangar of the Naval Air Station in South Weymouth, Massachusetts that attracted an incredible 4,000 young novice athletes! It is certainly the case that Colsons Navy-sponsored meets, especially those held during WWII, were very popular and provided a welcome opportunity to unwind and enjoy some friendly competition, but Colsons fitness-related activities in the military went well beyond recreational concerns.

Around the time of his enlistment, Colson had already spent the better part of a quarter centurya period that spanned his entire adult lifededicated to physical fitness and education. Navys Seventh Fleet needed someone to direct their fitness regimen during the second World War, Colson was a natural choice, fulfilling the role while stationed in the Philippines from 19441945.

It isnt clear what the fitness programs implemented through Colsons efforts entailed, but what is crystal clear is that the U. Navy fighting in WWII was part of the greatest fighting force the world had ever seen. And while the actual results of Colsons fitness regimen are impossible to quantity, there is no doubt that the strength and endurance of the U. Navys Seventh Fleet helped ensure Allied victory in the Battle of Leyte Gulf in October 1944, the largest naval battle in world history, in which the fleet played a major role.

It appears he was still at it nearly 20 years later in February of 1962 when the Boston Globe ran a humorous but substantive article about Colson and his work with President John F. Kennedy titled He and JFK Say: Be Fit.

A great headline for a great article that well get into in a bit, but first we wanted to share some of what we were able to learn about his relationship with the Kennedy family. Two weeks after the iconic 1968 Olympics in Mexico the Lowell Sun ran an Olympics-related article about Colson that described him as a confidante of the late President John F. Kennedy, when the latter was U. We arent sure if their friendship began during or prior to the Senatorial and Presidential periods.

We did find reference stating Colson attended summer school at Hyannis State College close to the Kennedy compound in Hyannisport but no period was mentioned. We wonder if there may have been some earlier connection between himself and the Kennedys, but either way by the start of the 1960s it would appear that Colson was close to the then U. President and his younger brother Ted. Its hard to imagine that he hadnt also befriended Robert but the only mention we could verify of the pair crossing paths was in July of 1961.

Colson had traveled to Washington to take part in the planning of the initiative to implement President Kennedy's call to schools to institute daily programs of at least 15 minutes' duration and Attorney General Robert Kennedy had addressed the group. It is interesting to note that around the same time Colson had enlisted in the U.

Naval Reserve, RFK had done the same, enlisting six weeks before his 18th birthday as an apprentice seaman and serving from 1944 to 1946 in the Boston area. Kennedy entered the V-12 Navy College Training Program at Harvard University and when he was honorably discharged continued his education at the university. Navy is his avocation so claims the Be Fit article noted above. In it Colson earns the nickname Boston's mahatma of physical fitness. It is another great illustration of his relationship with President Kennedy, as well as his seemingly unrivaled commitment to physical fitness. The article is worth highlighting further and it in part reads, He recently sewed a fourth gold stripe to his Naval Reserve uniform and teamed with the ex-skipper of PT-109 on the nation's physical fitness offensive. However, no one is sure whether he is a disciple of John F. He has brawn and the President of the United States on his sideThe veteran Olympic track and field committeeman achieved a lofty honor in earning Naval captaincy, for this is a rarity in the Special Service program. Occasionally he dons his gold-studded hat and turns to the sea. But he still believes aircraft carriers were designed that way so he could produce shipboard track meets. After prodding the President to use his commander-in-chief's prerogative and order a daily exercise program on all military fronts, Colson was buoyant about a directive halting escalators on the modern carriers. Now those sailors will have to use their legs get exercise. He told nine nuns he was escorting on a shipboard visitColson preaches his physical fitness sermon to thousands of Massachusetts youngsters. I always address them as ladies and gentlemen, never boys and girls, says the master of child psychology. Then I tell them there's no such thing as juvenile delinquency, only adult delinquency. Our kids are the greatest in the world.

They'll do anything if you motivate them. A few years later he would be motivating athletes on the international stage again as U.

Olympic Team Mens Track and Field Assistant Manager for the 1964 Summer Olympics held in Tokyo. But to finish first with the Kennedy connection, the signed, personalized letter from Ted Kennedy that we include in this group, sent with a gift Kennedy had asked the Pope to bless for Colson and coupled with the information relayed above, speaks volumes as to how well he was regarded by the Kennedys. We were unable to determine when these relationships may have started, but we do know that his friendship with then Senator Ted Kennedy lasted through the 1960s, for in 1969 Colson stepped up to run the Special Olympics at the senators request, yet another window into the elder Colsons exceptional character. With that we are forced to temporarily pause in our recounting of what we have learned about Ralph Harold Colson but we will continue our work toward completing this. We have no intent of leaving the rest of this story untold, but unfortunately we must for now and will return to it as soon as we are able. After all, we have so much more to share about him. We hope that what we have already written will be of enough interest to you to warrant your return for more. The bold subhead back at the top of the listing offers at least a partial summary of what we still need to cover so you may wish to reread it to get an idea of whats coming. The 1959 Pan American Games, the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome and its future track Hall of Famers, the before and after Summer Olympics in London And Tokyo, the Presidential Citation of Service, and more. We look forward to expanding upon our efforts and hope you look forward to visiting us again. If the grouping sells in the interim and we havent yet finished adding to the description, we promise to provide the next owner with the additional electronic information files and links we had intended on using.

We will leave you for now with our favorite Ralph Colson story. Its short and sweet, and another great illustration of the character of the man and his love of country. On page 20 of the September 1943 issue of the Pennsylvania Gazette (Penns alumni magazine) there is a photo of Colson posing with a mountain of his trophies and medals, a proud but subtle smile on his face.

The caption is titled A Real Contribution and the accompanying caption reads as follows: Ralph Colson,'27 W. Turns in cherished medals and trophies to Victory Scrap Drive. There are 252 medals and 208 cups. The former track athlete is now assistant supervisor of physical education for the Massachusetts Department of Education.

Though we need not offer further comment as the act speaks for itself, we feel compelled to at least offer praise to this humble and charitable man. This one-of-a-kind group of items is sure to be a nice addition to your collection. This is one of many great items we currently have listed. View or search our other items here. As you can see in our listings, we offer a wide range of items and seem to find many objects of interest, new and old. We never know where or when we'll find our next treasure. Check back in with us frequently. We always do our best to satisfy our customers and work hard to offer excellent service. Your feedback is very important to us, and we welcome any comments or suggestions you might have to help us improve our service. The item "Rare Original 10k Gold 1960 Rome Summer Olympics U. Olympic Team Ring T&F More" is in sale since Saturday, December 21, 2019. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Fine\Retro, Vintage 1930s-1980s\Rings". The seller is "bensmumma" and is located in Sutton, Massachusetts. This item can be shipped worldwide.

  • Metal Purity: 10k
  • Metal: Yellow Gold
  • Ring Size: 13
  • Gender: Male


Rare Original 10k Gold 1960 Rome Summer Olympics U. S. Olympic Team Ring T&F More   Rare Original 10k Gold 1960 Rome Summer Olympics U. S. Olympic Team Ring T&F More