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Jim Lorimer, 1926-2022

Jim Lorimer, 1926-2022

On Thanksgiving Day, I received the very sad news that Jim Lorimer had passed away. He was 96 years old, and a dear friend. It was because of Jim that Terry Todd and I got involved with the running of The Arnold Strongman Classic back in 2002 and we kept running the contest in large...

November 29, 2022December 2, 2022
Remembering Chris Dickerson and his Gift to Bodybuilding History

Remembering Chris Dickerson and his Gift to Bodybuilding History

 In 2011, the Stark Center celebrated the opening of the Joe and Betty Weider Museum of Physical Culture; it was a gathering of  the true royalty of bodybuilding.  Arnold Schwarzenegger attended along with many of the then still-living Mr. Olympias—Larry Scott, Lee Haney, Ronnie Coleman, Frank Zane, and Chris Dickerson. Other bodybuilding luminaries joined the...

January 13, 2022September 30, 2022
David Deming with his bronze sculpture of Terry Todd

A Surprise Gift from Artist David Deming

For 15 years renowned artist David Deming and I shared The Forty Acres—as we call UT’s main campus—but our paths never crossed. Deming was in the Art Department teaching sculpture, then serving as chair of the department, and finally as Dean of The College of Fine Arts until he moved back to his hometown in...

October 20, 2021June 14, 2024
Scanned Cover of Iron Game History Volume 15 Number 1

The Terry Todd “Special Issue” of Iron Game History

Since we began Iron Game History in 1990, we’ve dedicated a full issue of Iron Game History to one person as a memorial tribute on several rare occasions. The last person to be so honored, in fact, was Olympic weightlifting gold medalist Tommy Kono whose life is detailed in a special double issue of IGH...

May 13, 2021May 20, 2021
Here’s how the Center looked when we stopped work on Friday, February 19th, with fans running, humidifiers hopefully working, but the water leak still dripping into a big tub.


Please Watch for Updates on Reopening. Some of the most beautiful photos ever taken show a totally still body of water in which the scenery on land is replicated in crystalline perfection in its mirrored surface. The photo might show a pond in New England reflecting the fall leaves, a lake out west reflecting the...

February 20, 2021February 21, 2021
Graduate students Dominic Morais, left, and Ben Pollack, right, pose for a photograph in the Stark Center's archives.

The Ph.D. Program in Physical Culture and Sport Studies

Last October we celebrated our tenth anniversary with a special day-long event at the Stark Center for the subscribers of our journal, Iron Game History: The Journal of Physical Culture (now in its 30th year).  Many of our subscribers had never been to see the Center and so as we planned the day, we allowed...

October 13, 2020May 31, 2024
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