I had just finished my sophomore year at Glenbard West High School with a mile PR of 4:17.9! My idol was Jim Ryun and the wall of my bedroom was "adorned" with articles and pictures of his accomplishments (I also had a separate scrap book of duplicates!!!) I watched the 3:51.1 race live and was in total awe of how Jim just went out from the gun and went after it all by himself! I was so into the race that I was exhausted afterward as if I had been in the race myself!! The news clipping that came out the next day clearly made it to a special place on that bedroom wall of mine :-) One of the highlights of my 30 year running career was the 1972 Von's Coliseum Classic in LA where I broke 4:00 in the mile for the first time in a race won by my idol!!! He recognized that fact, after we finished, by taking me out for dinner that night....what a thrill....what a class act."