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In the late '40's, I ran on my track team at Wasco High School near Bakersfield in Kern County. Wasco is a town even smaller than Tulare. For a three year period, we often competed in track meets where Tulare was also competing. Tulare always won with Sim Innes and Bob Mathias fighting it out for first and second in the shot and discus and Mathias winning hurdle races and high jumping. Those two were unbeatable always and we wondered if we were really that bad. When they proved themselves the best on earth, we all stood taller.

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Just came to discover that Sim Iness was my uncle. My father is Roy Iness Sims brother. my mother remaried and as a result my last name changed. It so great to discover this interesting heritage of mine. he was qute an accomplished athlete. To bad I never got to know him personally.

Added: December 21, 2010
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This web page is amazing, as is Mr. Innes. I am the athletic director at Compton and we are putting together the hall-of fame. I would like to have him as a candidate for the hall-of-fame. His career was awesome, but it seems like he was much more then just an athlete and a coach. If someone would contact me I would like to discuss the process.

Added: October 14, 2010
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Back in 1967, I was a shy kid from Missouri just moved to California Hot Springs to live with my sister and attend Porterville College. I'll always remember the warmth and kindness shown to me by Sim Iness, Al Melcer, Fred Bridges, and Burl Cuffman of the college faculty. Exactly true; Mr Iness was so down to earth; wasn't till years later I learned of his remarkable accomplishments. Thanks for this interesting site.

Added: August 9, 2010
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Great website and video of the all time Sim Innes. I was fortunate to grow up in the same area influenced by Innes and others who made the Central San Joaquin Valley a hotbed for track and field. Innes' technique looks modern when compared to more current champions of the discus.

Added: July 30, 2010
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Thanks for putting together such a wonderful and comprehensive website for Sim, Cousin Chris! You did a magnificent job for a magnificent human being!

Sim and Robert Mathias were friends of my brother, Swede Altaffer. As a few-years-younger "little sister", they were among the heroes that I certainly looked up to...in addition to Richard Sturgeon and Richard Bramer who were also close friends of my brother. I do remember being "in awe" of them while they simply maintained the "low key" and "family-friendly personalities" that were so them. Sim wasn't as frequent a visitor to our home in Tulare as were the others, but he certainly was well known to our family and throughout our community.

My memories of the athletic accomplishments of Sim and Bob and also the celebrations are still vivid no matter where the competitions occurred. I was privileged to be a part of one of them!

Tulare is and has a right to be proud of heroes such as Sim and others. I am grateful to you for such a positive site.


Added: April 1, 2010
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Thank you for the many facts about my father's first cousin. My father was Alfred Iness, and always in touch with Sim. I am also a huge fan of Sim's life and his contribution to the Helsinki Games, which so many of those fine athletes have been set aside. The honors given Sim are surely rewarding and deserved. Thanks for the time and years, of gathering so much, for all to enjoy. One of America's history makers.

Added: March 28, 2010
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Thanks for leaving a message on the website! Comments, stories, and questions are all welcome and encouraged. I have one question for all: whether you knew Sim, knew of him, or are now introduced to him, what do you think about the Gentle Giant?

Added: March 24, 2010
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Great Athlete, nice web site.

Added: March 23, 2010
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