24 January 2018
The other day, HTBS received an e-mail from Bob Koch in Brier, Washington. In his e-mail, Bob sent along a link to a 5.44 minutes long rowing video on YouTube.com, called “Opening of Boating Montlake 1940s”. Bob is certain that the video is from ‘about 1948-49 of rowing on Lake Washington,’ he writes. Bob continues, ‘Several sequences include the 1948 Olympic 4+ champion Warren Westlund at stroke. The event seems to have been an intercollegiate race in Seattle.’
Bob thinks that he has spotted another rowing personality in this video. At about 3:30 minutes, a man is being interviewed, who, Bob writes, ‘I believe is Averell Harriman, once the coach at Yale and later ambassador to Great Britain and governor of New York, in addition to other diplomatic posts.’
Is it Averell Harriman we see in the video? By 1948, he was back in the USA. Take a look here:
This is not the first time Harriman is mentioned on HTBS. In May 2014, Tim Koch (no relations to Bob Koch) wrote about him in a two-piece article. Read it here.