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Harvard’s 1968 crew came back to New London, Conn., on Saturday to revisit Red Top, the enchanted place by the Thames River from where the varsity embarked upon the magical mystery tour that brought them to Olympus and has bound them together for 45 years.
“It’s wonderful to revisit these moments,” mused Steve Brooks, the youngest member of that eight, who stroked the boat in the final at Mexico City.
“It’s a great way to come back and to pay tribute to Harry.” Harry Parker — no name needed now or then — still is coaching the varsity, and Sunday morning he’ll be marking the 50th anniversary of his first year at the helm when he sends out his varsity for the 148th 4-miler with archrival Yale.