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July 24, 1967

The Jumping Frenchmen Of Maine

JAMA. 1967;201(4):273-274. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03130040069029

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To the Editor:—  I want to thank you and Dr. Charles Kunkle for again calling attention to the Jumping Frenchmen of Maine ( 200: 406, 1967). I was the local authority on jumping of all sorts, as far back as 1962, and submit an item from the King County Medical Society Bulletin (March 1962) in evidence. I know now how the man who invented Six-Up feels, when he thinks how close he came to fame.To insure Dr. Sanderson's niche in history, his contribution is reprinted here.—Ed.There is this controversy going on right now about jumping. Some fellow took a pole and vaulted over a bar sixteen feet high and that is a record. The other fellows who haven't been able to make it that high are crying foul. They are saying the new fiber glass pole is so constructed that it will throw you higher than that