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The London Olympic Power Games of 1948

The image is a photograph of the finish
of the Olympic 100m final in 1948.
From the left are: Emmanuel McDonald Bailey (GBR-6th);
Mel Patton (USA-5th); Alastair McCorquodale GBR-4th);
La Beach (PAN-3rd);
Barney Ewell (USA-2nd); and Harrison Dillard (USA-1st).

The year was 1948 and the Olympic Games for which Lloyd La Beach had worked so hard for most of his young life were to be held in the month of May in London, EnglandContinue reading

Lloyd La Beach and Life at UCLA

The Great, Immortal Jesse Owens in
the 1936 Berlin Olympics

Barney Ewell (left) with teammates Mel Patton (centre)
and Harrison Dillard (right) during a practice
session before the 1948 Olympic Games in London.

For the immortal Lloyd La Beach the sight of the City of Angels was the greatest thing he had ever seen in his young life. He was yet to envision the plan that God had in store for him, however, as he humbly took his place among the other “angels” in the mission of compelling the little country of Panama to recognize her West Indian children. Even before Lloyd arrived at the campus dormitory that night he began feeling that secret and welcomed energy so natural for his young body. Continue reading

Lloyd La Beach: A Hero Forever

Images: Top Lloyd La Beach 1948 Olympic Champion.
Byron La Beach and his wife Violet,
standing before his brother’s niche

Samuel La Beach and his wife, Nell
Bottom: Mr. Victor Lopez and Ricardo Sasso and his wife
holding a newspaper article highlighting
Lolyd La beach’s exploits.

I would never be able to tell the story of Lloyd La Beach were it not for a kid I grew up with in the neighborhood of Calidonia here in Panama City. The 1948 Summer Olympic Games would have passed us by just as other Olympic games of our childhood had as the Westindian community of Panama traversed through some of the worst times in our history as a community in the country of Panama. During this war and post-war period it was really a continuation of when we were still vilified in the economy of the country of Panama as “those people” whose presence was responsible for placing a burden on the country’s meager resources. Continue reading