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Gopher Teammates Forever

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by: Doug Edmonson
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Publication Date: July 15, 2022
Book Size: 8.5" x 11"
Pages: 263
Binding: Spiral Bound
Color: Color
ISBN: 9798885673518

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Book Synopsis
This spiral-bound, color version, "Gopher Teammates Forever" is the story of University of Minnesota Track and Field and Cross-country teams from 1963 to 1970 is explored through the eyes of a middling middle distance runner, Doug Edmonson, who was both a competitor and an observer of three Big Ten championships for the Golden Gopher teams of that era. Doug provides photos, meet results and personal insights about his teammates. While Doug wrote this primarily to his grandchildren, readers will find a fascinating story about Gopher teams of that era. Profits for the book will be donated to the Minnesota track program to try and keep it alive at the University of Minnesota.
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About The Author
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Doug Edmonson, born and raised in Minnesota, always wanted to be a Golden Gopher. After watching the 1963 Big Ten track meet at the University of Minnesota and hearing about the 1964 Big Ten Cross-country championship for the Gophers, Doug was hooked on running at Minnesota. 1966 Minnesota State Cross-country ski champion, Doug opted to run track and cross-county at Minnesota, earning four-year letters in both sports, while contributing in dual and triangular meets.
After graduating in Chemical Engineering, Doug spent his career in managing teams of food product developers and researchers for Pillsbury, Anheuser-Busch, Earthgrains and Kellogg’s Company. After “retiring”, Doug spent another 10 years conducting food audits and helping small companies become food safety certified.
Doug has written several books about his family genealogy and paternal grandmothers’ collection of published newspapers stories. Collecting track and cross-country results from the time Roy Griak took over the Gopher programs in the fall of 1963 until he graduated in 1970, Doug has woven a story of great teams and even greater friendships that evolved from his running experiences at Minnesota.
Doug and his lovely wife, Mary, split time between St. Louis and their Lake Superior summer home which they often share with their four children, their spouses and their nineteen grandchildren.
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