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Bodybuilding novel weaves York Barbell legends, York, Pa., into story

Legacy of Iron York, Pa., plays a role in historical novels written by Brooks Kubik. ‘Legacy of Iron’ and ‘Clouds of War’ are available via the Web. York Barbell legend Tommy Kono wrote this testimonial about Kubik’s work: “Great book! … Continue reading

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Who are these York County, Pa., people in silhouette?

Jim Rudisill’s artwork York County, Pa., artist/historian Jim Rudisill’s silhouette artwork will appear on the cover of York County, Pa., Heritage Trust scholarly historical journal set for publication in September. Can you tell the prominent local folks the artist captured … Continue reading

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Obscure F.O.E. building to become colorful beacon of York, Pa.’s renaissance

York, Pa.’s West Philadelphia Street F.O.E. – Fraternal Order of Eagles – Lodge, seen in this rendering, will be transformed into an art gallery under a $4 million state grant brought to York as part of the Governor’s Awards for … Continue reading

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York County, Pa. made big, heavy things – and was immensely proud of it, Part II

When this Evening Sun in Hanover, Pa., photo was produced in 2008, about 16,000 pounds of potato chips per hour rolled off the lines at Utz Quality Foods’ High Street plant in Hanover. Earlier this year, a deal in which … Continue reading

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York Barbell’s tall, heavyweight lifter has long helped put York County on the map

A worker with Continental Signs cuts the weights off the familiar statue along Interstate 83 in 2002. The 13-foot-tall, 1,000-pound statue has signaled the York Barbell building since the 1960s. Wind disabled the motor that rotates the statue north of … Continue reading

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York, Pa.’s link to the use of steroids in sports: ‘Pecs, pink pills and power’

John D. Fair’s book “Muscletown USA” gives insight into the role played by Bob Hoffman of York Barbell in the use of steroids in sports. Background posts: Who were most prominent 20th-century sports heroes in York and Adams counties? and … Continue reading

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York Barbell’s Tommy Kono: ‘He’s the greatest weightlifter — and I’m talking worldwide’

Tommy Kono, Coach Tommy Kono at work. The location is unclear but those are York Barbells waiting to go airborne. Background posts: Olympian/lawyer Whitney Metzler comes home to York County, Who were most prominent 20th-century sports heroes in York and … Continue reading

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Don’t know much about York County history? Part III

This panel, part of the Murals of York series, shows the Central Market, one of at least three murals that celebrates York County’s agricultural prowess. The murals can be used as an effective tool to teach county history. Free walking … Continue reading

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Who were most prominent 20th-century sports heroes in York and Adams counties?

The York Sunday New rated Bob Hoffman, founder of York Barbell, at the top of the top 10 York and Adams counties sports figures in the 20th century. Background posts: Lineup full of stars with York County links, Author muscles … Continue reading

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20 questions and answers to prove your York County smarts, Part II

Tommy Kono, center, was America’s best weight lifter in the 1950s. He won eight world titles and went undefeated from 1952-59. Kono lifted for York Barbell, the answer to a quiz question below. Background posts: 20 questions and answers to … Continue reading

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