1972: Pre, UO Track, Nike Shoes and My Life With Them All (Paperback)
Since its start in 1972, Nike has employed nearly half a million people. Only four have outlasted Steve Bence. In "1972," Nike's Program Director in Footwear Sourcing and Manufacturing - and an All-American runner at Oregon in the 1970s - shares about his coach, Bill Bowerman; his friend, Steve Prefontaine; his running career at the UO; and his 40-plus year at Nike. Regarding the latter, Bence offers the seldom told manufacturing story from Nike's early years. Combined, he has created a book that belongs on every running enthusiast's shelf.
Phil Knight, Nike cofounder: "Steve Bence, a nationally ranked 800-meter runner and 40-plus year teammate of mine at Nike, brings a unique perspective on the Nike story. I enjoyed his book and think you will, too."