- Aug 14, 2012
Back when the 220 was a new weight class, all the reigning Stars were in other weight classes. Jim Cash is the first name I learned @ 220. (similar memory about the then-new 275 weight class; Larry Kennedy was the first "name" there that I remember). Pretty sure this was all around the time 198 was all Pacifico, 242 was Doug Young, and Kaz was the next great Super.
(there was no 308 back when I became a fan)
Mike Bridges ... HE was "all that" around that time too. His fame came from being the guy who toppled legends like Crain + Gaugler @ 165, and from gh abuse gossip discussing the size of his forehead. What I'll always remember most was how he described PL-style Squats as looking like Grandma easing herself back onto a chair ... as opposed to how OLs and BBs did Squats
I know most all of those guy personally. Larry Pacifico and Cash were from the same town. I know RIcky Dale Crain very well as he hated John Inzer. Met Bridges and Kaz, Ted Arcedi. I did not get along at all with Ed Coan. Fred Hatfield was a very close friend of mine for years and got me a job writing for Muscle and Fitness when he was Editor. How about this one Gus Rethwisch talk about having a huge fall out with an individual. I still won't talk to Gus to this day.