|A modern day samurai?|
|1963 Edition of The Secrets of Judo|
With that same idea, I got a pleasant surprise connection when I ordered a used book from the Internet. The book, The Secrets of Judo by Jiichi Watanabe and Lindy Avakian, is a classic book first published in 1960. It was, and still is, a great book for those who want the science, history and philosophy of Judo. I'll post a full review once I finish the book. The version I received was published in 1963. My surprise came right on the inside cover. There was a note which read "AC Whiley Jr. A 82nd Birthday to myself Nov 22, 1965." I love this. Every time I read the book now, I read the inscription and smile I have a book that was bought be someone in 1965 trying to understand Judo at age 82. I know I'll never know who Mr. Whiley was, but I hope he would appreciate my reading, learning from, and enjoying the book over 50 years after he did, because I appreciate his reading it 50 years earlier than me.