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Roger Eells


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Those interested in the history of strength

should pause today to acknowledge Roger

Eells who died Nov 6, 1962 at age 53. Though

at the time of his death he was a minister, he

had in Feb 1940 started publishing his own,

glossy paged magazine titled VIM. It ended in

June 1941 after 17 issues, but the body of work

presented is worth a collector's search

Articles by Hise as well as Eells show the fledgling

status of lifting/bodybuilding at the time.

The issues of VIM that will concern grip board

members would be Oct 1940 thru May 1941 when

Leo Gaudreau ran his 8 part series on "Famous

Stongmen of France".

I spoke to Eells' only child, daughter Gayla in March

2001. She told me that her parents are buried in

either Lisbon, Ohio or Rogers, Ohio at the Mt. Carmel

cemetery(should could not recall which city it was

actually in). So anyone on the board who can help?

Their flat stone is on the Elliott lot at the cemetery.

About the only other connection with grip was that

Eells on March 25, 1938 tried 14 times unsuccessfully

to lift the Cyr dumbell overhead.

Of course, anything written by Leo Gaudreau is

worth your search.

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