By William J. Buchanan
"This isn't really your ordinary account of a tender man's dying of melanoma, yet a full of life and unparalleled tale of John Baker's choice to depart scholars with newfound abilities and self-confidence. . . . a awesome, uplifting tale of desire and resolution which is not missed."--Bookwatch
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He'd watched John's progress for two years and was impressed more by his spirit and determination than by his style. Yet, he sensed a potential for greatness in John. "John," Hackett said during that first training meeting, in his softspoken voice, "you've had an outstanding highschool career. But you're running in a league now where everyone is outstanding. " John began a spartan routine. Each morning at dawn, spray can in hand to ward off pesky dogs, he ran through city streets, parks and golf coursestwenty-five miles a dayin addition to the regular varsity workouts.
Unlike Robert, who approached his studies indifferently but still made high marks, John had to struggle for good grades. But determination was already one of his traits. At the first PTA meeting that year his teacher took Polly aside. "Mrs. Baker," she asked, a bit apprehensively, "do you and your husband . . well . . " Puzzled, Polly asked for an explanation. "John is so intense," she said. "He gets upset with himself when he can't grasp a lesson right off. " Polly laughed. "Next year you'll get Robert in your class.
Nodule! Oh my God. " Johnson repeated. John nodded. Then he told an alarming story. In September 1966, he recounted, he had been called in by the Albuquerque Selective Service office for a preinduction physical. Several days later he received a notice that he was "medically unqualified" for military service. " Johnson asked. "'Fallen arches,' they said. But I remember something else, now. During the examination the doctor told me I had a nodule on my left testicle. He asked if it bothered me. I told him I didn't even know it was there.