A Hearing for Jim Thorpe, An Exercise in Frustration

A Hearing for Jim Thorpe: An Exercise in Frustration by Michael Sheaffer follows a sports reporter assigned to cover a hearing designed to determine if the famous Olympic champion Jim Thorpe should keep the gold medals he won at the 1912 Stockholm Summer Games. Thorpe’s legacy, and the future of his reputation are out of his hands as five days of witnesses, and legal experts debate his future. More

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About Michael Sheaffer

Michael L. Sheaffer is a freelancer, online editor, author, and national training instructor.

It is no accident that he is the one to offer all the facts about Jim Thorpe in his riveting book entitled “A Hearing for Jim Thorpe, an Exercise in Frustration.” Michael grew up in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and feels closely assimilated to the memoirs of this famous athlete, his childhood hero.

In 1969, Mr. Sheaffer was appointed to chair a committee called “Project Jim Thorpe.” The goal of this international organization was to have Jim Thorpe reinstated as the winner of the 1912 Olympic Pentathlon and Decathlon event. Michael spent years researching and gathering the facts revolving around the unfortunate situation with Jim Thorpe, as part of "Project Jim Thorpe".

Mr. Sheaffer is retired and currently lives with his wife, Angela, in Alpharetta, Georgia.

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