Tom Murphy's Books
Reclaiming The SkyA Story of Aviation Courage
Just Call Me JockA History of the Boston Marathon
"I was teaching in Boston schools when I got a call from Jock Semple, the long-time co-director of the Boston Marathon," Tom said. "I had been a runner since high school, so when Jock, well-known as a fiesty character, asked me to write his life story, I jumped at it.
"Each afternoon after school I’d go over to Jock’s "clinic," as he called it, a cinderblock cubicle in the old Boston Garden (dubbed "Semple’s Salon de Rubdown" by Boston sports reporters.) I’d listen to Jock tell stories and I absorbed fifty years of Boston Marathon history along with the lineament fumes.
"After many months of this, when I felt I had his voice in my head - as well as a passel-full of stories - I began writing.
"It wasn’t long before I could see a ‘Father/Son’ relationship emerging between Jock and "Young" John Kelley - Jock help mentor Johnny to his 1957 Boston Marathon victory - and I asked Johnny if he’d join me on the project.
"In Jock, I gained a grandfather-figure in my life. With Johnny, I made of one of my best friends ever."
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