By William J. Buchanan
"This isn't really your traditional account of a tender man's dying of melanoma, yet a full of life and unheard of tale of John Baker's decision to depart scholars with newfound abilities and self-confidence. . . . a striking, uplifting tale of desire and resolution which will not be missed."--Bookwatch
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It was his thirty-sixth birthday. Two years later, in Nashville, on September 7, 1946, a second son, Robert, was born. Then, on January 16, 1948, in Memphis, the birth of a daughter, Jill, completed the Baker family. In 1953, with growing children, Jack and Polly became concerned about the effect of their rootless lives on the family. That spring Jack was contracted to launch and manage a new station, KOAT-TV(ABC), in Albuquerque. He fell headlong in love with the city. The clear mountain air and unlimited elbow room were ideal for raising a family.
There were statues and cupsgold, silver and bronzeof varying sizes. He moved his desk chair to the bookcase and sat down. This was his private world, the archive of the most cherished achievements of his lifetime. A very short lifetime! he thought bitterly. He ran his hand fondly over the trophies. It came to rest on the smallest one, perched in a prominent position on the top shelf. It depicted a runner in full pace. He lifted the tiny statue and read the inscription etched on its base: JOHN BAKER CROSS-COUNTRY CHAMPION MANZANO-HIGHLAND DUAL MEET SEPTEMBER 1960 Page 29 <><><><><><><><><><><><> He smiled.
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. " The following year she reminded Polly of their talk. "I see what you meant," the teacher said. On the first day of school a gangly, handsome, tow-headed boy walked up to John on the playground and looked down on him from a two-inch advantage in height. " the tow-head demanded. " The tow-head nodded toward some boys who stood with him.
A Shining Season: The True Story of John Baker by William J. Buchanan