Joe Louis was the world heavyweight boxing champion from 1937 until he retired in 1949.
In 1946 Louis prepared to defend his title against a skilled fighter named Billy Conn.
Louis was warned to watch out for Conn's great speed and his tactic of darting in to
attack and then moving quickly out of his opponent's range. In a famous display of
confidence, Louis replied, "He can run, but he can't hide."
Today in the Word, July 6, 1993.
Following three years of hazardous duty as a member of the famed Lewis and Clark
expedition along the western frontier, John Colter turned to trapping beaver in the Three
Forks area of the Missouri River, deep in Blackfoot Indian territory. One day, while
inspecting traps by canoe, Colter and a companion were suddenly flanked by Blackfoot
warriors. Colter's friend was killed as he tried to escape, but Colter was captured.
Stripped of his clothing, including his shoes, the adventurer was led out onto the prairie
and then released as several hundred Blackfoot set off in pursuit. What followed was a
legendary 11-day overland trek. Traveling day and night, Colter climbed mountains,
scurried across fields, and tramped through woods, covering an unbelievable 300 miles as
he made his way to safety.
Today in the Word, April 24, 1992.