Jim as a lifeguard in Des Moines, IA
Jim as a lifeguard in Des Moines, IA

in 1965. He was 19 years old at the time and had just finished his sophomore year at The Ohio State University in Columbus where he was on the OSU varsity wrestling team and President of the OSU weightlifting club.

Howard "Hopalong" Cassady -
Howard "Hopalong" Cassady -

former Ohio State All-American and 1955 Heisman Trophy winner. Jim's father was a professor at Ohio State and used to take him to the physical education building on on campus on weekends where Cassady and some of the other athletes would be there to lead the faculty kids in sports activities. "Hop" taught Jim how to jump rope in 1955 when Jim was 10 years old.

George S. "Skip" Peterson, Jr.
George S. "Skip" Peterson, Jr.

owner of the Silhouette National Health Spas in Columbus, OH, and one of the founding members of the European Health Spa chain - the largest chain of health clubs in the world at the time. Skip is testing the water for basketball Hall of Famer and all-time great Jerry Lucas.

Jim as a lifeguard in Des Moines, IA
Jim as a lifeguard in Des Moines, IA

in 1965. He was 19 years old at the time and had just finished his sophomore year at The Ohio State University in Columbus where he was on the OSU varsity wrestling team and President of the OSU weightlifting club.

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Photos

A picture speaks a thousand words, so enjoy  the following photographs of people, places, and things that Jim has experienced over more than four decades

 in the fitness industry.  

Jim as a lifeguard in Des Moines, IA
Jim as a lifeguard in Des Moines, IA

in 1965. He was 19 years old at the time and had just finished his sophomore year at The Ohio State University in Columbus where he was on the OSU varsity wrestling team and President of the OSU weightlifting club.

Howard "Hopalong" Cassady -
Howard "Hopalong" Cassady -

former Ohio State All-American and 1955 Heisman Trophy winner. Jim's father was a professor at Ohio State and used to take him to the physical education building on on campus on weekends where Cassady and some of the other athletes would be there to lead the faculty kids in sports activities. "Hop" taught Jim how to jump rope in 1955 when Jim was 10 years old.

George S. "Skip" Peterson, Jr.
George S. "Skip" Peterson, Jr.

owner of the Silhouette National Health Spas in Columbus, OH, and one of the founding members of the European Health Spa chain - the largest chain of health clubs in the world at the time. Skip is testing the water for basketball Hall of Famer and all-time great Jerry Lucas.

Jim as a lifeguard in Des Moines, IA
Jim as a lifeguard in Des Moines, IA

in 1965. He was 19 years old at the time and had just finished his sophomore year at The Ohio State University in Columbus where he was on the OSU varsity wrestling team and President of the OSU weightlifting club.

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