Thursday, July 28, 2016

July 29

Vintage Olympic Heroes

Buster Crabbe

California native Buster Crabbe (1908-1983) attended Southern Cal as an undergrad
and a law student. Although he won only one NCAA swimming title,
he went on to win 18 AAU championships and set 16 world records.
In 1928 he won a bronze Olympic medal (1,500 meter freestyle),
and at the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics (above) he was the only U.S. gold medalist
in men’s swimming.

After the games, he was signed by Paramount Studios, which was looking for a rival
to Johnny Weissmuller’s Tarzan at MGM.
He went on to make 175 movies, but he portrayed Tarzan only once.

 King of the Jungle 1933

Crabbe was a life-long advocate of physical fitness
and conducted televised physical fitness programs.
In 1971 at age 63, he set a world age group record for the 400 meter freestyle.
He also had extensive business interests, including Buster Crabbe Swimming Pools.

With a side of jockstraps:


You gotta have art:

Renato Laffranchi

Italian Jesuit priest Renato Laffranchi (b. 1923) is also an author and painter.
In 2004 the Catholic university faculty of St. Louis University voted to remove
one of his paintings, which symbolized four rivers flowing
from the Garden of Eden, with gardens in four quadrants.
Critics pointed out that the work resembled a swastika with shortened arms.
However, the university's president refused to remove the painting
prior to its scheduled annual rotation.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

July 27

Vintage Olympic heroes:

Johnny Weissmuller

Johnny Weissmuller (1904-1984), Olympic Gold Medal winner for the USA in swimming
(and perhaps the most famous screen portrayer of Tarzan at MGM).
He kept a secret his whole life – that he was born in Freidorf in the Austro-Hungarian Empire
(present day Romania). As an ethnic German, his birth name was
Johann Peter Weißmüller; he switched birth certificates with his American-born brother
in order to claim American citizenship.

Weissmuller won five Olympic gold medals for swimming
and a bronze for water polo.
Paris 1924: 3 gold medals, 1 bronze
Amsterdam 1928: 2 gold medals
As well, he set 50 world records and remained unbeaten
his entire competitive career.
At age nine Weissmuller contracted polio,
and his doctor suggested swimming as physical therapy.
The rest is history.

Athletic pursuits:

You gotta have (Olympic) art:

Cyril Power

The Eight

Cyril Power (1872-1951) was one of the pioneers and leading exponents of the linocut* in England. depicting the speed, movement and flow of modern urban London in the 1920s and 30s.
Architecture was the subject of many of Cyril Power's linocuts, as well as modernity and the urban environment. He was well-known for his artistic partnership with Canadian artist Sybil Andrews and for co-founding The Grosvenor School of Modern Art in London in 1925. He was also a successful architect and teacher.

*Linocut, a variant of a woodcut, is a printmaking technique in which a sheet of linoleum (sometimes mounted on a wooden block) is used for a relief surface. A design is cut into the linoleum surface with the raised (uncarved) areas representing a mirror image of the parts to show when printed. The linoleum sheet is inked with a roller, then impressed onto paper or fabric.

Men in shorts: