November/December 2015
The Hall continues to operate in the City of Fort Lauderdale!  Meanwhile, plans for a brand new swim center without the Hall died Tuesday, when city commissioners terminated the construction contract.

ISHOF Fashion
John K. Williams Jr. Passes Away
May 12, 1945 - Nov. 25, 2015
Huan Wang
Jan. 7, 1951 - Nov. 24, 2015
Don Kane

Beth Yudovin, widow of honoree David Yudovin.

Alan Ford 's nephew & wife from Massachusetts stopped by before going on a cruise.

A group from Camp Saint David touring the Hall of Fame.

Charlie Hickox ' children, Charles and Michelle, visiting with their families.

The Pittsburgh Keystone Oaks Swim Team was one of our first visitors after the boat show.
Amy Van Dyken inspires as she is learning to walk again
Chris Guesdon (AUS) new IMSHOF Chairman

Mr. Guesdon said he was pleased to accept the leadership position with the Executive Team. He  emphasized  the privilege to serve on a   distinguished committee with Beth Yudovin, Ned Denison and Dale Petranech.

June 3-5, 2016
2016 ISHOF Membership Drive
Join and Receive a 
$25 Gift Card from SwimOutlet

On his last visit to the Fort Lauderdale, before his death, the great George Haines parting words to our staff were: "You know, this really belongs in Santa Clara." That was the inspiration for leaders of the City to contact us several years ago and now his wish will soon become a reality.  With a bright future assured, you can help make swimming history by renewing or joining ISHOF as a member.  Your support will help us while we await the completion of our new home in Santa Clara.  If you join or renew at the $50 or more level, you will receive a $25 dollar gift card for SWIMOUTLET.COM, one of our great corporate partners.  To  learn more about ISHOF membership  and  to register electronically,  click here :
happy-holidays-header4.jpg Just In Time For The Holidays!
New Gear Hats!

Six panel low profile cotton twill hat with brass buckle adjustable closure
Available in three colors! 

Hobie Billingsley, 
turned 90 on December 2nd.
Happy Birthday from all of us!!!
2015 Marathon Hall of Fame Induction 
The 2015 Award Ceremony was conducted at the Doubletree Hilton Hotel, San Pedro, California. Ned Denison (IRE), was the Master of Ceremonies. Greta Andersen (DEN/ USA) received the ISHOF Lifetime Achievement award and  Marilyn Bell accepted her induction into the Class of 1967. The IMSHOF class of 2015 included- Forrest Nelson (USA), Antonio Arg├╝elles Diaz Gonzalez (MEX), Martin Strel (SVN), Marty Veen, the Varne Ridge Channel Swim Park (GBR) & the Jersey Long Distance Swimming Club (GBR). Dennis Miller (FJI) was awarded the ISHOF Irving Davids/Captain Roger M. Wheeler Memorial Award. 
For more info and photos, click here:

L-R: Martin Strel, Antonio Gonzalez, Greta Andersen, Forrest Nelson , Chris Guesdon, Marilyn Bell, Sally Minty Gravett
2015 ISHOF Lifetime Achievement Award
Greta Andersen

One of the greatest swimmers of all time,  Greta Andersen burst on the world's stage when she won the gold medal for the 100 m freestyle at the 1948 London Olympics. When she returned home to Copenhagen, she was a national hero.   After moving from her native  Denmark to Long Beach, CA, in 1953, she needed to make a living. She met Tom Park, a record setting Catalina Channel swimmer, who convinced her she had what it took to be a successful marathon swimmer. More:
Worth Reading! New Publications
Julie Checkoway: The Three Year Swim Club

 In her new book, Julie Checkoway brings to life one of the
 most remarkable "LOST" stories in athletic, Olympic and Swimming history.  Bruce Wigo and Hall of Famer Steve Clark had a chance to meet the author and highly recommend it.

Watch the video about The Three Year Swim Club's first great swimmer Keo Nakama.

Karlyn Pipes: The Do Over - My Journey from the Depths of Addiction to World Champion Swimmer

From the time she first stepped onto the starting blocks, Karlyn Pipes seemed destined for Olympic medals, Wheaties boxes, and greatness. Brimming with talent and coached by two-time Olympic gold medalist Mike Troy, she had the potential to be the best. But unable to keep up with the expectations, she turned her back on the sport and replaced the liquid of the pool with that of the bottle.
Collections Retrieved From The Vault
The ISHOF VAULT (store room) is loaded with incredible artifacts that need to be recycled.  In 1971, when Apollo 15 "splashed down" after visiting the moon, 1964 Olympic gold medalist Fred Schmidt (on Right) a Navy Frogman, was there to welcome Commander  Dave Scott, also an All-American swimmer, back to earth. Look for a new exhibit featuring the "Aqua Lung" frogman equipment Fred donated to ISHOF.


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