As her first biography, this book generously features Curtis's own words, selected from more than 2,000 pages of letters, and contextualized by her surviving friends and family members.
Author: Jordan Whitney-Wei
How do you invent an Olympic sport? For Katharine Whitney Curtis, it took the right idea, great talent, some good timing, and the determination to make it happen. The originator of synchronized swimming as we know it today, she even wrote the first book on the subject in 1936. But there was much more to her life and career. After the start of World War II, Curtis became a recreational director in the American Red Cross and followed the troops wherever the course of war took them, serving under Generals Patton and Eisenhower, before becoming a director of travel for the U.S. Army in Europe during the Cold War. Unbound by fear or the narrow expectations of society, this was a woman who lived ahead of her time, making things happen along the way. As her first biography, this book generously features Curtis's own words, selected from more than 2,000 pages of letters, and contextualized by her surviving friends and family members.
Katharine Whitney Curtis organized the first known swimming club for women at
the University of Chicago in 1923. At first , the term “ water ballet " was applied to
the group's tricks and float formations . Music was used only as background , but
Author: Gail Andersen Myers
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
Explores popular sports and other physical recreations not requiring extensive training or equipment, including white water rafting, bicycle touring, aerobic dancing, croquet, and karate.
Katharine “Kay” Whitney Curtis is cred- ited with developing the athletic
foundation for changing water ballet into a sport. As a stu- dent at the University
of Wisconsin in ¡9¡5, she enjoyed creating and performing diving- like stunts in
Author: Dawn Pawson Bean
"Among the topics covered are competition development, development around the United States, rules and technical changes, and leadership (from volunteers to a National Office). Four appendices list major award winners, U.S. National Champions, the results of major international competitions, and U.S. participation in international events"--Provided by publisher.
In 1934, for example, Katherine Whitney Curtis of the University of Chicago
coached sixty female swimmers, the Modern Mermaids Club, to perform in the
lagoon at the Century of Progress at the Chicago World's Fair. Eventually, the
Author: Joyce D. Duncan
A unique and timely exploration of the cultural impact of sport on American society, including lifestyles, language, and thinking. Sport in American Culture is the first and only reference work to provide an in-depth and up-to-date exploration of sport and its impact on American culture. Essays from more than 200 scholars, professionals, and sports enthusiasts address how sport has changed our lifestyles, language, and thinking. Arranged alphabetically, the work introduces key sport figures and national icons, with a focus on their cultural impact, examines individual sports and how they have influenced society, and discusses such phenomena as the billion-dollar athletic apparel industry, sport as big business, and the effect of sport on gender, racial views, pride, and nationalism. In addition to expected topics, the work also includes less studied areas such as myths, audience rituals, Wheaties, comic books, the hula hoop, and religion. 400 A–Z entries covering a wealth of topics, including sports heroes, artifacts of sport, culture of consumption, racial discrimination, and gender 200+ distinguished contributors, including academics and professionals from a wide variety of fields Lavish illustrations and photographs support the subject areas and examples covered Extensive bibliographic information with individual reading suggestions for further study