COLSTON LEIGH SPEAKERS BROCHURE, 1940
In 1938, Jim Thorpe was named to Knute Rockne and Grantland Rice's list of "All-Time All Americans." The publicity put Thorpe back in the public eye, and he found himself in demand on the lecture circuit. In 1940 the W. Colston Leigh Bureau, a small booking agency, sent him on a nationwide tour. Often in full regalia, he gave at least four talks a week and spoke to hundreds of service groups and school audiences.
The topics offered were his life and colorful career; a personal analysis of the current sports season; the importance of sports, physical fitness and good sportsmanship in modern life; and a talk on American Indian culture and the hopes and problems of the Indian in contemporary America. The Colston tour and a tour that followed for the Circus Saints and Sinners Agency of New York were bare bones. Thorpe drove thousands of miles across the country in his old car, with his favorite Airedales in back.