In 1924 Bill Havens was set to go to the Olympic games in Paris as a rower. He was the best in the United States and considered to be the best in the world. His wife was about to give birth and he thought he ought to stay with her. It was a tough decision. It was twenty-four years later that he knew he had made the right decision. He got a telegram from Helsinki, Finland:
"Dear Dad: Thanks for waiting around for me to get born. I'm coming home with the gold medal you should have won. Your loving son, Frank.
His son had won the same event in which he himself would have competed a quarter of a century before.