The Lives and Times of Mal and Mel: Three Times Jamaican Olympians

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iUniverse, Jul 1, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 200 pages
A must read publication for twins, parents of twins, and other siblings who fail to get along with their partners. The account of their lives includes, escapades, some of which are delicately personal. Their triumphs and failures while competing, is intended to instill in young sportsmen and women the meaning of sports (beyond mere competing) which they hope will lead to a better way of life long after their sports careers have ended.
 

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Contents

THE GENESIS OF TWINS
1
SOCIO PSYCHOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT OF IDs
9
THE EARLY YEARS OF OUR LIVES
14
TEEN TWINS DOUBLE TROUBLE
32
THE BEGINNING OF OUR ADVENTURE IN TRACK AND FIELD
36
HIGH SCHOOL DAYS IN JAMAICA
47
LIFE WAS NOT A BED OF ROSES
55
OUR OLYMPIC DEBUTMELBOURNE AUSTRALIA 1956
62
PROGRESSIVE USE OF DRUGS IN TRACK AND FIELD
110
THE YEAR OF OUR GRADUATION
114
THE CHANGING FORTUNES OF MAL AND MEL
116
OUR OLYMPIC SWANS SONG TOKYO JAPAN 1964
121
LIFE AFTER COLLEGE AND COMPETITIVE SPORTS
123
ARE THERE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN US?
129
OUR HUMANITARIAN SIDE
134
MIGRATING TO THE UNITED STATES
139

THE OLYMPICS AN UNFORGETABLE EXPERIENCE
67
EXPOUNDING THE PHILOSOPHY OF SPORTS
70
CHANGES IN THE SOCIAL PHILOSOPHY OF TRACK FIELD ATHLETICS
74
WHAT IS THE OLYMPIC IDEAL?
77
GIRLS GIRLS EVERYWHERE
80
US TRACK SCHOLARSHIPS
84
LIFE AND TIMES AT ASU
87
CITATIONS HONORS TRIBUTES
101
ROME OLYMPICS 1960
106
OUR REUNION IN FORT LAUDERDALE FLORIDA
148
IN SEARCH OF A SPORTS PHILOSOPHY
154
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
158
AMATEURISM vs PROFESSIONALISM
162
ATHLETES AND RETIREMENT
166
TRACK AND FIELD ATHLETICS THEN AND NOW
169
THE CHAPTER I DID NOT WANT TO WRITE
175
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The Lives and Times of Mel and Mal is a “must read” for parents who raised, or are raising twins, particularly identical twins. The book was written as the collective thoughts of two minds that think alike as it brings together their own experiences as identical twins. It is their fervent belief that opinions expressed through their physical and mental development, and backed by researchers can exert positive influences on other siblings whether they are twins or single individuals. Some of their childhood and early adult anecdotes mentioned are delicately personal, but the individuals, although not mentioned by names, looked back at these incidents with as much amusement as they did.

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