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Encyclopedic Terry Todd

Encyclopedic Terry Todd

Let me start by saying, I have never met the man, or if I have, it was only briefly and only incidentally. Last month was the five-year anniversary of the passing of Dr. Terry Todd. While I never had the privilege or the honor of sitting down and spending time with the man, I did...

August 25, 2023September 14, 2023
A Tale of Two U.T. Cheerleader Barbies

A Tale of Two U.T. Cheerleader Barbies

I’ve walked past her a hundred times since I started working at the Stark Center a few months ago. She’s at the end of a row on the top shelf, housed amongst the trophies, plaques, and awards of iconic U.T. Coaches, seemingly a bit out of place. She’s one of thousands of artifacts hidden behind...

August 11, 2023September 14, 2023
Treasures Behind Locked Doors

Treasures Behind Locked Doors

I’ve spent a lifetime around people who passionately pursue the perfect body. In my younger days, I was a dedicated gym rat and trained shoulder to shoulder with Olympians, top college athletes, and professional athletes, all who looked like they were carved out of stone like statues of Greek gods and goddesses. My motivation in...

July 12, 2023September 14, 2023
A photo of (L-R) Charles A. Smith, Joe Weider, Reg Park’s mother, British bodybuilder Reg Park, Reg’s father, and an unidentified man taken outside of the Weider offices in Jersey City.

Celebrating Jewish-American Heritage Month with Joe Weider

In celebration of Jewish-American Heritage Month, The Stark Center would like to recognize Joe Weider, the man who made bodybuilding part of global culture. Born in Montreal, Canada, Weider began his athletic career as a competitive weightlifter and, during his lifetime, he led weight training from the closets and primitive gyms of the first half of the 20th century...

May 23, 2023May 23, 2023
Walter Imahara raises his arm during the introductions of athletes before competition.

Celebrating AAPI Heritage Month with Walter Imahara

In celebration of Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, The Stark Center would like to recognize the career of weightlifter Walter Imahara. Like so many other families of Japanese heritage, the Imahara family was relocated to an internment camp during WWII while Walter was only six years old. In 1955, Imahara began classes at Southwestern...

May 15, 2023October 30, 2023
Two classic theatre seats with blue upholstery. A black plaque with bronze lettering features a quote by Arnold Schwarzenegger, reads "Help others and give something back. I guarantee you will discover that while public service improves the lives and the world around you, its greatest reward is the enrichment and new meaning it will bring your own life."

New Floors, New Exhibits: Time to Visit The Stark Center

Last week, much of Texas—and especially the Austin-area—was iced over after winter storm Mara made its way across the state. As a result, The University of Texas campus was closed Tuesday through Thursday as roads were covered in as much as a solid inch of ice; trees and other above-ground appendages wilted and snapped under...

February 10, 2023June 13, 2024