Hail to the Dinosaurs!
Today is Pearl Harbor Day.
If you were alive on Pearl Harbor
Day, you can probably remember where
you were when you heard about the
attack on the U.S. fleet at Pearl
My dad was a kid, but he still remembers.
He heard the original news broadcast on
I happen to know where John Davis was
when he heard the news.
He was at a weightlifting meet in
It was a local meet. Just a couple of
lifting clubs going up against one
One of the heavyweights had hit a big
clean and jerk.
It was 300 pounds or more.
And as he stood there, with the bar
locked out at arms' length overhead,
the radio crackled, and the news came
The big heavyweight stood there, holding
the bar, listening in disbelief.
His eyes went wide, he muttered a single
four letter word that sounds like shoot
and uses the same letters as the word
"hits" -- and then he dropped the bar.
It hit the platform, bounced up and down,
and rolled onto the gym floor.
And for many guys, that was the end of
their lifting for the next couple of
America was at war -- and America's
young men traded iron for lead.
The guys went to enlist the following
John Davis was too young to enlist --
but he went anyway. Stood in line with
his friends. And not long after, he, too,
enlisted -- and went overseas, serving in
the Pacific Theater.
You can read more about John Davis and
the other lifters of his era in this
You also can read more about the Iron
Game and the great champions of the 1930's
and 1940's in my Legacy of Iron books.
Start with Legacy of Iron and read them in
sequence. The story builds from book to book.
Legacy of Iron is here:
And book number 4 in the series opens on a
sunny beach in Hawaii -- on December 7, 1941:
By the way, you can order all five of the Legacy
of Iron books and save some clams. See the bottom
of the order page for vol. 5 in the series:
And yes, there will be more Legacy of Iron
books to come. I'm actually working on book
no. 6 in the series. I know that many of you
are looking forward to it. And so am I!
As always, thanks for reading and have a great
day. If you train today, make it a good one!
Yours in strength,
P.S. My other books and courses are available
right here at Dino Headquarters:
P.S. 3. Thought for the Day: "Study the lives
of the champions and learn to think and act
like a champion." -- Brooks Kubik