Guernsey Van Riper, Jr. attended DePauw University in 1926. He earned two varsity letters as quarterback on the football team and one letter as a first baseman on the baseball team. After graduating, he worked in advertising then became an editor at Bobbs-Merrill Publishing Company. He turned his love of sports into books, writing biographies of Lou Gehrig and Knute Rockne along with ten other children’s books.
Jim Thorpe: Olympic Champion (Childhood of Famous Americans Series)by Guernsey Van Riper Jr., Jr. Van Riper, Gray Morrow
One of the most popular series ever published for young Americans, these classics have been praised alike by parents, teachers, and librarians. With these lively inspiring fictionalized biographies--easily read by children of eight and up--today's youngster is swept right into history.
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