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- A Night at the Boys and Girls Club
- Call for Hall of Fame Nominations
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Webster Bank CEO Jim Smith and Baltimore Oriole pitching coach Dave Wallace.
The Waterbury Hall of Fame inducted four new members at a ceremony inside the Mattatuck Museum this afternoon; Daniel Buck the co-founder of The Waterbury Clock Company, Gerald Lamb, the first African-American elected to state office in American history, Dave Wallace, right, pitching coach of the World Champion Boston Red Sox in 2004 (and currently pitching coach of the Baltimore Orioles), and Webster Bank CEO Jim Smith (left).
Derek Poundstone, left, three-time winner of the title of America's Strongest Man, watches closely as a competitor completes the farmer's walk during Saturday's "Stay Strong Amateur Strongman Event" held at the Poundstone Performance Center in the South End of Waterbury. Photographs by John Murray
By John Murray
Strongman athlete Derek Poundstone, left, and George Tirado Sr., the long time athletic director at Wilby High School, were both inducted into the Silas Bronson Library's Waterbury Hall of Fame ysterday afternoon at a ceremony inside the Howland-Hughes Center on Bank Street in downtown Waterbury. Poundstone, at age 31, is the youngest member to be inducted into the Waterbury Hall of Fame, and Tirado is the first Hispanic. Also being inducted were choreographer Robert Haddad and manufacturer Eli Josiah Manville, both deceased.
Waterbury's Derek Poundstone set a world record yesterday afternoon in Los Angeles during a qualifying event for the 2012 World's Strongest Man contest. He hoisted a giant 250 pound dumbbell press eleven times, shattering the previous record of nine. Thirty six men are performing super human feats of strength this week to try and qualify for the finals (the top ten make it) which will be held in Los Angeles September 30 and October 1. Poundstone has reached the finals all four years he has competed, but this year his qualifying group includes Zydrunas Savickas, a former two-time champion of the event. Halfway through the qualifying rounds Poundstone is tied for second place in his group with Jean Caron of Canada, they both trail Savickas by one point. Only the top two from each group advance. The final three events are a car deadlift, keg toss and atlas stones. No matter the outcome, Poundstone is making Waterbury proud. And with his motto "no excuses", expect Poundstone to advance to the finals and be in the mix for the championship Monday afternoon. Photograph taken in 2010 by John Murray
A manufacturer/ inventor, director/choreographer, teacher/athletic director, and strongman/police officer were named to the Silas Bronson Library’s Waterbury Hall of Fame by the library Board of Agents at their July 24th meeting. Eli Josiah Manville, Robert Haddad, George Tirado and Derek Poundstone were selected by a 9-person board-appointed committee. An induction ceremony will take place Saturday, October 20 at the Howland-Hughes Center, 120 Bank St. at 2:00 p.m. The public is invited. Admission is free.
In what can be construed as a new form of "car jacking", strongman athlete Derek Poundstone demonstrated the proper technique for hoisting a police cruiser a foot off the ground. Poundstone, a Waterbury resident, and a police officer in Naugatuck, performed the awesome feat of strength in Fulton Park in Waterbury for a magazine photo shoot. The Overlook neighborhood has been plagued by a rash of smash and grab robberies, so when Poundstone contacted Waterbury police chief Michael Guggliotti seeking permission to lift a Waterbury cruiser, Guggliotti said sure, but insisted the event take place in the heart of the Overlook community. Photographs by John Murray.
Waterbury's Derek Poundstone successfully hoisted 913-pounds in the deadlift event at the 2011 World's Strongest Man Competition at Wingate University in North Carolina. It was a personal record.
(The following is an account of Derek Poundstone's attempt to win the World's Strongest Man contest in North Carolina, USA, in September 2011. There were nine other athletes in the finals of the competition, but the Waterbury Observer focused primarily on Poundstone because he lives in Waterbury, Connecticut. He's our strongman. In tribute to the other athletes we've included more than a dozen images of their attempts to bring home the championship to their hometown, or country. It was an historic competition.)
Story and Photographs By John Murray
The massive bodies of strong man athletes are over-sized shock absorbers that cushion the pounding and abuse sustained during training and competition. Running fifty yards with 1000 pounds on your back places unimaginable stress on knees and ankles and lower backs. Pulling a two-ton Mack Truck 100 feet, pressing 342 pounds overhead for repetitions, and dead-lifting over 900 pounds are athletic feats that few men in the world can perform.
Mind Of Steel
Story and Photographs By John Murray
Some might think that genetics and large muscles are the key to Derek Poundstone’s stunning rise to the title of America’s Strongest Man.
They would be wrong.