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Slog: verb – to work diligently for long hours slogged, slogging, slogs
(The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition, ©2014 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company)
Slog Intro
There are billions and billions of bits of information available on the Internet. But have you ever had over one million search results staring at you on your screen and still felt as if you had no idea how to complete an assignment? What source is credible? Is it a primary source reference? What does the text mean? How current is the information? SNN has developed SLOG-ITT to help you find and - Share Lots Of Great Information Through Technology.
Hungry Pests
Rosetta Orbiter & Philae Lander Update
Ebola Virus
The International Space Station, ISS
Philae probe lands on Comet 67P after ten-year journey
What is propaganda?
NFL footballs - Made in America
The Boys in the Boat
The Boys in the Boat
Rosetta Orbiter & Philae Lander

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With the stern of the Husky Clipper overhead, Judy Rantz Willman speaks at the annual banquet at the Univ. of Washington Conibear Shellhouse. (Photo: Courtesy of the Univ. of Washington Husky Crew)

SNN SLOG - The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
Feb. 9, 2015 - Every now and then a book comes along that beautifully tells a story so riveting it's an inspiration to multiple generations of readers. The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown is that book. Nine boys with extraordinary physical prowess and perseverance, earned a seat – eight with an oar and one with a megaphone - in the 1936 University of Washington's Men's varsity eight shell. They overcame a firestorm of unique personal challenges and an unknown political undertow to win the gold medal at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.

The central character is Joe Rantz, one of the nine boys in the boat. But the book, at Joe's insistence, is a story about the whole being far, far greater than the sum of its parts. In Poughkeepsie, New York at the 1936 regatta to determine the United States eight-man boat for Berlin, nine boys became one, athletes at their apex in perfect mental and physical synchrony. Knowing his crewmates as he did, Bobby Moch, the coxswain with the megaphone, brilliantly called the Poughkeepsie race in daring defiance of his coach's instructions. “With the finish line looming ahead of him in the gathering dark, Bobby Moch screamed something inarticulate. Johnny White, in the number three seat, suddenly had the sensation that they were flying now, not rowing.” (The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown, p. 271.)

Two months later, the boys would be rowing – and flying - at the 1936 Olympics in Grunau, Germany, beating Germany and Italy in the Husky Clipper to win the gold medal as Adolf Hitler looked on. Brown describes these nine boys as “...decent and unassuming, not privileged or favored by anything in particular, just loyal, committed, perseverant..” and boys Hitler, on that August day in 1936, could never have known represented hundreds of thousands of boys who “would return to Germany in olive drab, hunting him down.” (p. 368)
Primary Source References Notes & Information from Experts

1. The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

2. Audio of Bobby Moch describing the gold medal race at the 1936 Olympics. (Credit Husky Crew)

3. History of the University of Washington Husky Crew team

4. SNN Story – What is propaganda? Story of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum's exhibit – State of Deception – The Power of Nazi Propaganda

“If books can be said to have hearts and souls - and I believe they can - this book owes its heart and soul to one person above all others: Joe Rantz's daughter Judy Willman. I could not have begun to tell Joe's story, and the larger story of the 1936 Olympic crew, if it had not been for Judy's deep collaboration with me at every stage of the project.” (The Boys in the Boat – p. 373)

The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown tells the story of the University of Washington 1936 crew team and their victory at the 1936 Berlin Olympics (Photo: SNN)  
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