August 31st, 2017

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America's Numero Uno


Anthony (Tony) Terlazzo (1911-1966) was the first U.S. Olympic weightlifter to win an Olympic gold medal (1936) and a World title (1937).

Tony Terlazzo was a graduate of the York Barbell Club of Bob Hoffman.

Known as the York Oil Burner Athletic Club, Hoffman’s weightlifting venture consisted mostly of Pennsylvania Dutch (Walter and Harry Good, Art Levan, Joe Miller, Dick Batchell and more) and the Sicilians from Italy (Tony Terlazzo, Joe and Anthony  Fiorito, Gus Modica, Angelo Taormine and others).  The club became a true representation of the American melting pot concept with the addition of such Eastern European athletes as Lithuanian Wally Zagurski, Ukrainian John Terpak, Czech John Grimek, Hungarian Steve Stanko… Employed by Bob Hoffman, they all worked at his oil burner plant for a $10-per-week pay and trained in the weightlifting gym.

Team USA and Bob Hoffman’s gang was still on its way to become a true leader in Olympic weightlifting when Tony Terlazzo became one of the most talented and strongest featherweights in the world.

In 1932, he won the bronze medal at the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles with the 280kg total. He added 32.5kg and won the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin with the 312.5kg in total.

In 1937 and 1938, Terlazzo won the World Championships hosted in Paris and Vienna.

In 1944, American Numero Uno left York, PA for Los Angeles when he owned and ran his own gym for years.

Tony Terlazzo set 5 world records in Olympic weightlifting.

Like many weightlifters from York, Terlazzo also was an avid bodybuilder featured on the Strength and Health covers. In 1939, he won the Mr. America (AAU) title.

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First Anniversary of the eLicensing System Launch


Celebrating the eLicensing System Launch!!!

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The eLicensing project was perhaps one of the longest and biggest projects that I was involved in my over 20-year long career in the information technology field.

For the most part, my responsibilities included data conversion from SQL and mainframe to Oracle databases and conversion of front-end and middleware applications to the commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) solutions. It was a good experience in terms of learning Oracle database servers and getting into the world of product configuration vs. in-house developing and programming of custom built systems.

To be honest, I’ve never worked before with the project involving so many teams and team members. In my previous life, I worked in the film and TV field where production teams were also huge. Rolling credits for movies sometimes takes close to 10 minutes with all producers, directors, writers, cameramen, best boys, actors, personal assistants, stuntmen and more involved. I used to be almost embarrassed that my own films didn’t have that many credits to list. Although some were broadcast on major TV channels and earned national and international awards, those films didn’t have mega budgets had no super stars and their personal assistants to list (see the credit roll for my “Lenin and Me” film).

Now, back to the modern IT world, it seems that the “jack-of-all-trades” time is fading away nowadays. Projects run by 3-5 key personalities is being replaced with much bigger teams and groups of experts.

Anyway, enough of technical thoughts and observations. While celebrating the 1st anniversary of the eLicensing project, I am including some fun graphics from my archives. Those are “graphic versions” of credit rolls showing people I worked with on the eLicensing project. My apologies if I missed someone at the time. Those are only the ones I had photos of and there are no off-site team members on the posters.




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1968 Team USA Weightlifting in Mexico City

Team USA 1968

Mexico City, 1968 – The group photo of 1968 Team USA Weightlifting in the Olympic village.

Left to right:

Major George Ottot (trainer), Phil Grippaldi (90kg, 7th place), Joe Puleo (82.5kg, -), Joe Dube (90+kg, bronze medal), George Pickett (90+kg, -), Bob Bartholomew (90kg, 9th place), Fred Lowe (75kg, 8th place), Russ Knipp (75kg, 4th place), John Terpak (Coach)