FLORENCE GRIFFITH JOYNER HANDWRITTEN NOTE SIGNED ON HER HIGH SCHOOL PHOTO, "Love 'Ya", Florence Jr. 19 yrs", (her mother's first name was also "Florence"), 2.5 X 3.25, color, high school protrait photo, to her uncle, written during her senior year of high school, by American Track & Field athlete. Written on the reverse of the photo, in full: "To Dr. Marvin Scott, my uncle I would love to see soon. Write sometimes and keep up the good work. Love 'Ya', Florence Jr., 19 yrs." A rare find of sports history. One small spot on the note, otherwise in fine condition.
Florence Delorez Griffith–Joyner (1959-1998), also known as Flo-Jo, was an American track and field athlete. She is considered the fastest woman of all time based on the fact that the world records she set in 1988 for both the 100 m and 200 m still stand. At the time of this note to her uncle she was a senior at Jordan High School in Los Angeles where she set high school records in sprinting and long jump. Her international fame was to be many years in the future. At the 1988 Summer Olympics she won four Olympic medals, three gold and one silver. In 1989 she announced her retirement due to the responsibilities of many business opportunities outside of sprinting. She died in her sleep as a result of an epileptic seizure in 1998 at the age of 38.