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The Year of the French

ALLEN JONES and Mark Naison

in The Rat That Got Away

Third edition

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9780823231027
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823240821 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823231027.003.0028
The Year of the French

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When they arrived in France, Connie Boyer and Allen Jones were greeted at the airport by the president of the French team, Philip Kin, and his wife. After they exchanged pleasantries, the president took Jones to meet the other American on the team, Hank Holiday, a brother from Connecticut who had been playing in the Rucker Pro Tournament in Harlem before coming overseas. During the last game of the season, Gus Melchen, the manager of Amicale Steinsel, a Luxembourg team, came to see them play against another French team. After the game, Gus approached Jones and wanted him on his team. They worked out the terms of a contract: Amicale Steinsel would hire him as a player and coach at a salary comparable to what he was getting in France. Jones accepted his offer and prepared to start a new life in yet another European nation.

Keywords: France; Connie Boyer; Allen Jones; French team; Philip Kin; Hank Holiday; Rucker Pro Tournament; Gus Melchen; Amicale Steinsel

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Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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