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February 06, 2007
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November 06, 2006
I have such fond memories of this greatest gentleman. I was fortunate in interviewing him in may, 1999 as he expressed his memories of the Olympics and his wishes for Dan O'Brien to also win two gold medals for the USA. I am so blessed to be able to share this interview with students of today at the collegiate level - he is the finest man I knew.
November 04, 2006
I went to Kiski Prep and played football with Bob, many years ago. He was a truly amazing man.
October 10, 2006
My name is Gary Bastien, back in 1983 I had the third highest decathlon score in the United States when Bob Mathias was the director of the U.S. Olympic training center in Colorado Springs.

While we were staying there, Bob Mathias and his wife Gwen were gracious enough to invite all of the decathletes over to their house for dinner. To this day it is one of the highlights of my life and I am so glad they did that for us. (we had the top 10 U.S. decathletes at the training center at the time)

When I was in 8th grade, in 1973 I came across a book in the Grandville library about Bob Mathias. Like Bob, I was from a small town too, and I could see that I had some of the same skills athletically to set out and try to be like Bob. You can imagine the thrill I had to be eating dinner in his house just 10 short years later, having reached my dream of being one of the best decathletes in the United States. I so thank you and Bob for opening your home to us.

Gwen, thank you so much. And Bob thank you for being one of the last TRUE American heroes, drug free and modest in victory. Gwen, Bob signed one of those nice large posters that were painted of him and I have it here in my office. Down in the corner I have the picture with me, Bob, Harry Marra and Coach Bozeman. I will cherish it forever. Most importantly, I will continue to try to give to other kids the way Bob did, and only hope to have the modesty and dignity he displayed the short, yet precious time I got to know you and him.

I grieve for your loss and his passing. He touched so many people and really, Bob Mathias will live on forever.

With all my deepest regrets, and thanks to Bob for inspiring me and paying for my college education. (via track scholarship)

Gary Bastien
Saline, Michigan
1983 Pan American Games team member and third place at Sr. Nationals, decathlon event
September 29, 2006
It is with deep sadness we say farewell to a great man...

God bless you, Bob!
September 23, 2006
As Tulareans, we grow up with the Bob Mathias story as part of our lives. A special childhood memory for me was being allowed to stay home sick ;-) whenever his movie was showing on Dialing for Dollars (LOL), because it was Bob. He was living proof that hard work, belief in oneself, and the love of family could take you wherever you wanted to go. One of the highlights of my life was getting to meet and spend time with Bob. He was warm and friendly to those he met, laughed easily, and had a charisma that naturally put you at ease. What a blessing. I am so happy that my 2 children (now both adults) also had the opportunity to meet him and know what it's like to have met a true American Hero, the likes of which we rarely see. Thanks Bob for allowing all of us to share in your life.
September 11, 2006
My sister and I had the pleasure of seeing Mr. Mathias and listening to a very inspiring talk he gave at a school assembly in the early 1950's at Excelsior Union High School in Norwalk, California when we were students there. We will always remember him and the wonderful person that he was.
September 11, 2006
A true Gentleman and sportsman in every sense of the word! He is one of a kind as an athelete and a real hero to alot of my generation. May God be with you all and know that Mr Mathias is a part of the good history of this world and this nation! He will be remembered as a good and great man!
September 11, 2006
To a great man and olympian, thanks for all of the memories. You will be missed.
September 09, 2006
To Marissa and Family,
Since I read about the loss of your father, you have been in my thoughts and prayers.
I had the great pleasure of meeting Bob Mathias once when I was in high school with his daughter Marissa. I will always cherish that moment.

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