I miss those days too! I miss being able to compete at all. Wineturtle, I remember a winter on the way to Michigan for an indoor meet and the car breaking down. George Rhoden and Bill Crothers went on to the meet and Jim Snider and I stayed to get the car fixed. It was cold!
That is a hard question to answer Wayne. I actually do not know. Being there and seeing the woman run are not quite the same. I came to California from Tokyo in 1964. The first women to run the Culver City Marathon had been Lyn Carman (Bob Carman-7th in Boston in 2:29;06)a and Mary Leper (3:37:07) in 1963. Culver City allowed women to run since the mid1960s. I do not know if I saw the 1964 race or not but I was tenth in 1965 race
I think I remember the article in the paper in 1966 when Roberta Bignay ran Boston and I was there and raced when Ketherine entered Boston in 1977. Her picture was probably on the front page of every paper in the world.
Many of my friends were among the first. Francie Larrieu did not make the final of the first women's Olympic 1,500 and she sat on my seat with me to watch the final. Probably the most thrilling Olympic final I have seen was the 1988 10,000 meters (the first) with Francie placing 5th. Jacqueline Hansen is a friend of mine. As you know she lowered the World Best twice.
In 1984 I walked three blocks from where I now sit, stood on the side of Wilshire Boulevard and watched Joan Benoit coming up the rise towards me as she pulled away from the pack. It was a thrill to see her cruise by. I ran home and watched the rest of that Olympic Final race.