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Pedestrianism in the 19th Century... - Drinking from the Fire Hose
and trying not to drown

Mrs_Sweetpeach
Date: 2014-05-11 00:49
Subject: Pedestrianism in the 19th Century...
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Location:Home and on my corner of the couch
Mood:surprisedsurprised
Tags:tv
... is the name of the show I'm watching on American History TV. The show is a lecture by Matthew Algeo talking about his book "Pedestrianism: When Watching People Walk Was America's Favorite Spectator Sport." He's a funny guy and the lecture was much more interesting than I would have predicted. I also wasn't expecting the parallels with other modern sports (betting scandals, performance enhancing drugs, corporate sponsors, trading cards).

Having said that, I still can't imagine sitting in a stadium watching anyone walk around a track. Especially not one of the six-day races.

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I just like watching things explode.: gen irises
User: trillingstar
Date: 2014-05-17 03:16 (UTC)
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Keyword:gen irises
Interesting! I was just reading an article about this 'sport' in The Week, and about the author and his book. Presumably they showed some photos during the lecture? I was surprised, too, at the popularity of walking-for-prizes then, and also sitting around watching people walk... but there really was a whole little sub-culture around it, and we still sit around and watch people walk/dribble/skate... bottom line: we're all still weirdos. *g*
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