By John M. Craig
SANTA BARBARA, Calif., January 5. JEFF Farrell, two time gold medalist at the Rome Olympics and multiple Masters world record-holder, underwent a six-hour triple bypass and bovine aortic valve replacement operation late last month. When the nurse roused him from the anesthesia to ask how he felt, he replied, “Moo.”
That Jeff would retain his sense of humor after such a serious operation seems very much in keeping with his character. After all, what he is most famous for is having competed at the Olympic Trials in 1960 a mere six days after an emergency appendectomy. (He swam swathed in bandages, and still made the team.)
Once a hero, always a hero.