“Where in the World is Ashgabat, Clarence?”
“No idea. Somewhere in Russia, Bob?”
What?!. History purists are getting frustrated now.
And they are absolutely right. It is highly unlikely that this conversation between Bob Hoffman and Clarence Johnson ever took place.
Besides, be serious, due to the upcoming 2018 IWF World Championships in Ashgabat, everybody knows that Ashgabat is in Turkmenistan.
The History in Color cover features a fragment of Team USA 1959 at the 1959 Pan American Games in Chicago (left to right):
Clarence Johnson (IWF), Bob Hoffman (Manager)
Tommy Kono (75kg, GOLD), Clyde Emrich (90kg, GOLD), Jim George (82.5kg, GOLD), Chuck Vinci (56kg, GOLD)
Just a glimpse from the history of this sport and Super Happy Weightlifting in Ashgabat to all!