Okay, since I’m a fan of the “old time” drug-free bodybuilders, and because I think that these are the very people that today’s weightlifting newbies should try to emulate – no, I’m not preaching here, so please don’t get offended – I thought I’d post an occasional trivia question to highlight some of these old timers’ accomplishments. This first question will be easy, but rest assured they’ll get more difficult with each one. (If you know the answer without having to think about it much – which I hope a lot of you will – please refrain from posting it right away. Try to let those people who don’t research it first; after all, that’s the whole point of this little series of mine.)
Okay, let’s start. Question: This late old timer is regarded by many as the greatest drug-free bodybuilder in the history of the sport. His accomplishments include winning the Mr. America title twice, being a member of the 1936 U.S. Olympic weightlifting team, and winning the Mr. Universe in 1948 and the Mr. USA in 1949. He was also an expert swimmer, diver, and acrobat, and he reportedly could come within a half-inch of touching his elbows to the floor while standing (keeping his legs locked in a straight position, of course). He could also rip a deck of regulation playing cards in half without any effort whatsoever, and he could perform one-arm chins, handstands, backbends, jumping splits and numerous contortive stretches that would make a yoga instructor envious. He died on November 20, 1998, at the age of 88. Who was this very essence of the T-man?