"BRIGHT PATH STRONG -The Resiliency Of Jim Thorpe", whose life and legacy will soon be presented in an upcoming Hollywood film! Fourth In A Series - Traveling To The Grassroots Carlisle PA Jim Thorpe Legacy Center -Wardecker's - A Photo Essay!

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L-R, Jack Benjamin, Fred Wardecker, Jeff Benjamin
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L-R, Jack Benjamin, Tom Benjey, Jeff Benjamin
This is the 4th piece in a series on Jim Thorpe, the 1912 Olympic decathlon and pentathlon champion, who lost his titles due to amateur sport rules at the time.

"BRIGHT PATH STRONG -The Resiliency Of Jim Thorpe" The Third In A Series Of Pieces On Jim Thorpe, whose life and legacy will soon be presented in an upcoming Hollywood film! Fourth In A Series - Traveling To The Grassroots Carlisle PA Jim Thorpe Legacy Center -Wardecker's - A Photo Essay!

IMG_3586.jpgWardeckers, photo by Jeff Benjamin

By Jeff Benjamin
It was truly like going "Back To The Future!"
If one wishes to learn about the legendary Jim Thorpe as well as the Immortal early 20th century Carlisle Football Team in the said-small town USA hometown, one MUST embark on a pilgrimage-like visit to the North Hanover Street "Mecca" of
"Wardecker's Menswear Store".
Wardecker's (Which was originally known as "Blumenthals") has been the magnet for anyone who wishes to learn about Thorpe, Carlisle Football, as well as Thorpe's astronomical performances in the Pentathlon and Decathlon at the 1912 Stockholm Olympic Games. As a matter of fact that magnet drew in the Carlisle team, where uniforms and other clothing were purchased (Including by Thorpe!) during their era as America's top football squad.
IMG_3578.jpgJim Thorpe photos, photo by Jeff Benjamin
Throughout the years, that magnetism has also drawn in noted Thorpe Biographer Bob Wheeler, as well as people involved in the upcoming Biopic on Thorpe including Producer Abraham Taylor and Martin Sensmeier, who will be portraying the World's Greatest Athlete.
IMG_3580.jpgJim Thorpe photos, photo 2 by Jeff Benjamin
All three of them, among many others, have been helped, assisted and regaled with the legendary stories by owner Fred Wardecker, whose father James went about preserving the legacy of Carlisle Football and Thorpe which is now continuing indefinetly by his son.
IMG_3581.jpgJim Thorpe photos, photo 3 by Jeff Benjamin
Add in a visit by local Carlisle Football historian Tom Benjey and one can imagine the era over 100 years ago, as visitors can absorb and follow in the footsteps by going through the store of these sports legends, including the greatest of all-time, who all once made their mark there as well.

Bell Lap -

-For more information on the film please go to

https://brightpathmovie.com/

- A petition for the reinstatement of Jim Thorpe into the official IOC record books can be found here at

https://brightpathstrong.com/petition

- Robert Wheeler's paramount Jim Thorpe biography is getting a reissue soon BUT if you wish to purchase a copy now check out

https://www.amazon.com/Jim-Thorpe-Worlds-Greatest-Athlete/dp/0806117451

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