Cleek Tackles ALS With the Heart of a Tiger

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Story Summary

On Nov. 19, 1973, John Cleek’s father died in a plane crash on his way home from a Missouri football game at Iowa State. That meant Cleek, who was just 23 years old at the time, was suddenly in charge of running the family’s appliance and home furnishings store.

He had a lot to learn, but he was sure of one thing: He would carry on his father’s tradition of predicting the scores of Missouri football games and posting them in the window of his store and the pages of Columbia’s newspapers.

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