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There have been a smattering of barefoot runners since Abebe Bikila. Of course there is Zola Budd, and I’ve written about Dale Story and Marcus Clarke.

Here’s another one: Worley Stout.

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Ever wish you had a doctor’s excuse that let you go barefoot? Well, Robert Nighswonger did.

Did it work?

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There’s a new series on PBS called Earth: A New Wild. It takes a look at how, while totally wild places no longer really exist on the earth, the animals are being forced to deal with all the humans. This means that there is “a new wild.”

On the Plains episode, they featured a barefooter.

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Russell Baker was a syndicated columnist for the New York Times from 1962 to 1998.

This column by him appeared at the end of March in 1977. Which day it appeared in a local paper just depended on how the syndication went.

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Many of you are probably too young to remember Jerry Rubin. He was one of the founders of the Youth International Party (the “Yippies”) to protest the Vietnam War.

He’s also probably at least partly one of the instigators of the proliferation of “No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service” signs.

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This is from the March 15, 1954 issue of Life Magazine:

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In 1925, Robert A. Loar walked barefoot from Fairmont, WV to Philadelphia. I’d like to say it was because he was a dedicated barefooter, but I cannot.

He did the walk because he lost a bet.

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