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1984 Summer Olympics Torch

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S: Making the 1984 Summer Olympics Torch

FC: Making the 1984 U.S.A. Summer Olympics Torch

1: Getting Started "First you have the industrial designer present some watercolor candidate appearance designs." - Ken S. | Initial choice of LAOOC | "The assignment - Well, just design us some torches." - Ken S.

2: "Have your machinist (Art) build one from the print - he had some help." - Ken S. | "Give the first one to Peter Ueberroth for his birthday." - Ken S. (Torch design was changed).

3: "Figure out a way to make more than one at a time; make them pretty; but most of all they better work and not go out!" - Ken S.

4: "Recover the flame carrier - it had been given to United Air Lines during earlier planning to charter jet." | "Kay Shannigan of LAOOC, Washington office, helps with lamps." | "Pre-flight check. Lamps modified for lighting during wind or rain." - Ken S.

5: "Bill Hussey of State Department and Jay Moorhead, LAOOC Washington liaison, checking it out (Air Force 2 jet) at Andrews Air Force Base." | "Seems to be airworthy. Depart May 5, 1984." | Cargo is secured. - Ken S.

6: "Post flight lamp check at Hotel Athens where we met with Apostolos Lazaris, Minister of the Presidency, who finally told us of the decision to send in army unit." - Ken S. | Ken's handwritten note and a flight itinerary are the only references to secret plans to obtain the Olympic flame in Lausanne, Switzerland, if denied in Olympia.

7: Peter Caloyeras, LAOOC, in front with helicopter pilot. | Olympic Headquarters, Olympia | Nikos Filaretos, Hellenic Olympic Committee, Josephi Italian, gold medalist 1920, Bill Hussey & Dick Sargent, V.P. LAOOC - Ken S.

8: "Edge of ancient playing field. Last minute check of lamps." | "Officials forming up for lighting ceremony. Normal attendance - about 30,000." | "The ceremony begins - flutes & flames. The vestial virgins appear. The flame now in a crock & burning olive oil is presented. Head virgin approaches altar." - Ken S.

9: "Impressive chant while turning on torch." | "Nervous moment - did they fill the torch properly? It worked!" - Ken S.

10: "Dick Sargent, LAOOC, accepts flame and olive branch in the name of the 1984 Olympic Games at Los Angeles, U.S.A." - Ken S. | "Torch presented to Nikos Filaretos, Secretary General Hellenic Olympic Committee."

11: Air Force 2 | Helicopter pilots | Napkin from Air Force 2 and piece of the olive branch taped to it. | Peter Caloyeras, LAOOC

12: Official Itinerary | Secret Itinerary

13: Obtaining The Flame "Official Plan" & "Secret Plan" Government officials in Olympia, Greece, were not happy about the U.S. plans to raise money for charity by selling $3,000 sponsorships to run the Olympic flame from New York to Los Angeles. It was feared that the Greek government would go so far as to refuse the Olympic flame to the LAOOC. Rich Shiver's, V.P. Turner Corp., secretly flew to Geneva with plans to fly from there on a cargo plane to Lausanne, Switzerland, with orders to obtain an Olympic flame from the permanent flame burning in the Olympic museum in Lausanne. Ultimately the Greek government did release the flame in an official ceremony and the flight to Lausanne was not necessary. However the official ceremony was closed to the usual 30,000 spectators due to fears of "protesters" disrupting the ceremony. (Events related by Ken S. to his family.)

14: "New York Mayor Tom Bradley and Peter Ueberroth before the start of the torch relay ceremony." | "Just a normal day at work and glad it's over." - Ken S. Ken Stutzman & Gil Farnham, Turner Corp. (torch designer) | "Ceremony at UN Plaza for start of torch relay run. A flame from one of the lamps was used to light the first relay torch." "Due to rain the runner goes back under the tent flaps and nearly set the V.I.P. tent on fire. - Ken S." | "Gil Farnham tries to shut down the cauldron, photographer's protest." - Ken S.

15: Peter Ueberroth. President, LAOOC, and Gina Hemphill, granddaughter of Jesse Owens, light the Olympic torch at the UN Plaza ceremony. | Torch relay route across the U.S., May 7 to July 28, 1984

16: Press & News Articles

26: The torch was also used to light the Olympic flame at the International Games for the Disabled in Uniondale, NY.

27: 1980 Winter Olympics Lake Placid, New York Ken Stutzman's company also manufactured the torch for the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York

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