Fun City

Fun City

John Lindsay, Joe Namath, and How Sports Saved New York in the 1960s

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"On January 1, 1966, New York came to a standstill as the city's transit workers went on strike. This was the first day on the job for Mayor John Lindsay a handsome, young former congressman with presidential aspirations and he would approach the issue with an unconventional outlook that would be his hallmark. He ignored the cold and walked four miles, famously declaring, I still think it is a fun city." As profound social, racial, and cultural change sank the city into repeated crises, critics lampooned Lindsay's fun city." Yet for all the hard times the city endured during and after his tenure as mayor, there was indeed fun to be had. Against this backdrop, too, the sporting scene saw tremendous upheaval,"--NoveList.
Publisher: New York, NY : Sports Publishing, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015.
ISBN: 9781613218150
Branch Call Number: 974.71 DEVENEY
Characteristics: xii, 348 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm


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Jul 21, 2018

Fascinating look back at how the fortunes of NYC politics and professional sports rode a rollercoaster. New York City was arguably the worst city to live in, and also the worst sports city in America in the mid-to-late 60s. Lindsay and Namath arrived in 1965 with a lot of hype, and both suffered many crushing setbacks--before the magic year of 1969: the Jets won the Super Bowl, the Mets won the World Series, the Knicks became an NBA power (then champions in 1970), and Lindsay was re-elected as mayor--despite approval ratings in the 20% range 6 months before the election. Great book for sports/politics junkies, especially people old enough to remember those years.


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