Jim Thorpe's Family Wants His Body Back

Jim Thorpe's Family Wants His Body Back

There are 46 comments on the WFMZ story from Nov 9, 2009, titled Jim Thorpe's Family Wants His Body Back. In it, WFMZ reports that:

The borough of Jim Thorpe is a big tourist attraction in the Poconos, because of its famous namesake.

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Mayor McCheese

Springfield, NJ

#47 Sep 9, 2012
John Gilbunny wrote:
Tell Thorpe's family they can have the body back if they take Jack Kmetz with them as well
Yes, please take Jack Kmetz, Jim Thorpe and his statues, hell we'll even throw in Randy Smith and pay for the shipping.
barry s

Lehighton, PA

#48 Sep 12, 2012
everyone wants to use tyhe name jim thorpe just for profit, maunch chunk purchased the rights for profit....not because they love jim
Pundy

Springfield, NJ

#49 Sep 14, 2012
Mayor McCheese wrote:
<quoted text>Yes, please take Jack Kmetz, Jim Thorpe and his statues, hell we'll even throw in Randy Smith and pay for the shipping.
Please ship Jack Kmetz, the dead indian and Randy Smith back, Mauch Chunk never wanted them.
Laylor Joyce

Lehighton, PA

#50 Sep 14, 2012
Pundy wrote:
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Please ship Jack Kmetz, the dead indian and Randy Smith back, Mauch Chunk never wanted them.
Why hello John "PUNDY/ayatollah" Martunyak long time no speak. I knew you were smarter than everyone thought. Mauch Chunk would be a much better place if you shipped those three annoying half wits to some reservation with the rest of the feather indians. I am sure the ****'s would only accept Jim Thorpe and not Jackie and Randall for obvious reasons. I wonder if the Injuns have to pay 50 bucks a year to keep their horses in the stable.

Laylor
yes

Lansdale, PA

#52 Oct 6, 2012
juju282 wrote:
Have a big ceremony and give the body back. Then all the attention will be where he was buried all that time. Have a lot of advertisement about the upcoming event. You can still advertise as him being there all those years,and being returned to his family. There's a solution if you want one.
Brilliant. And keep the memorial, etc. I like it. Except...

Only problem, and it's a big one, is that this has always been about utilizing a dead man's reputation to make cash. What do we do with the memorial that was designed to bring in tourists? Can we say, oh yeah we so loved him that here is this nice memorial! No we can't. How rusty and ignored does it have to get before it's leveled?

They would have to pay to have the memorial removed and for the name to be changed back to Maukchunk or whatever it was.

Otherwise do the honest thing and honor the contact as promised. Do the same advertising of the legal battle. Take the high ground in saying the truth, that this agreement was made with his wife, or whoever it was and that we are going to keep or word to her.
General Custer

Meadville, PA

#53 Oct 6, 2012
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