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Jim Thorpe aka Wa-Tha-Huk “The Bright Path the Lightning Makes as It Goes Across the Sky” (Thunder Clan) Native American Sports Legend of the Sac-&-Fox Tribe - His Grandson John Thorpe speaks on Jim’s life and the controversy surrounding his final resting place in an exclusive interview with Mark Ulyseas
This interview gives the readers a ringside view of America’s greatest athlete of the 20th century and the unseemly dispute about his final resting place as seen through the eyes and heart of his grandson, John Thorpe.
How do we remember a true son of the tribe? How do we honour his life on earth? And how do we make peace between ourselves? These questions are answered here with clarity filled with the emotive aspect of belonging to the tribe and honouring one’s ancestors, their traditions, rituals and more importantly, their Word.
One hopes that truth will prevail and Jim Thorpe’s memory will not be tarnished by continued disagreements in the tribe about his final resting place.
And that reverence for one’s ancestors is more important than disturbing the mortal remains of Jim Thorpe, which is against the ancient beliefs of the tribe.
© John Thorpe/Mark Ulyseas
John Thorpe was born in Inglewood, NJ on 12/08/56. His family moved to Greenwich Village in N.Y. before the age of one and lived there until the age of 12, at which time the moved to Phoenix AZ. John has been living in Lake Tahoe for the past 25 years, and has been a DJ most of his life. His interest in this line of work started after going to work with his father, who was a DJ at WNYC. John would often que and start the records for his father’s show. John is now a self employed DJ dealing primarily with weddings in South Lake Tahoe, CA. John can be found at http://highsierrasounds.com/
Other accomplishments include narrating a documentary on Sitting Bull.
John was flown to Sweden in 2012 to represent the Thorpe family during the 100 year anniversary of the 1912 Olympics. While there John dined with the King and Queen in the Blue Room (where Noble Peace Prize among other events are held). At that time, John also meet Ernie LaPointe, Sitting Bull’s Great Grand Son.
He was flown to Carlisle PA to represent the Thorpe family during the Jim Thorpe Sports Day annually from 2009-2013.
He is flown every year to represent the Thorpe family in Jim Thorpe, PA for the Jim Thorpe Birthday Celebration.
John has also held the position of Radio Host, 93.9 KRLT (FM) -So. Lake Tahoe, CA Alternative Show, Sunday nights. In addition, he was the voice of “So Hot”, Inc. -So. Lake Tahoe, CA, and produced radio spots for Reno-Tahoe “So Hot” Vacation Guide.
He currently holds a FCC License.
John has received the following awards:
Entertainment Team of the Year -1988 (Bobby McGee’s)
Nightclub of the Year -1985 & 1988 (Bobby McGee’s)
Turn Around Club of the Year-1985 (Bobby McGee’s)
He is currently working with Ernie LaPointe, Sitting Bull’s Great son, on a suicide prevention effort focusing on Native American Children. Please visit http://www.sittingbullfamilyfoundation.org/ for more information on how you can help.