Thursday, 13 March 2014

Excerpt: GORILLA SUIT by Bob Paris (c)

Rediscovering the Accidentally Discovered

 

Late Spring, 1977 – Southern Indiana 

 

“Cummin’s Book Store was in downtown Columbus.  They had the best newsstand in town.  I went in one afternoon looking for the latest issue of my favorite backpacking magazine and ran across a copy of ‘Muscle Builder’ on the shelf.  On the cover was a picture of some guy named Schwarzenegger, doing an exercise with his gigantic arm up over his head and a straining grimace on his face.  His sweaty, dark hair hung down in his face, and he had on a light-colored tank top, and the arm and hand that weren’t over his head was grabbing on to a bench of some kind, the fingers squeezing into the brown leather, fingernails white from the pressure. 

photo: Art Zeller 1989 (c) Bob Paris all rights reserved

I began to pore through the pages, devouring the pictures of these guys training and showing their tremendously muscled bodies, bursting out of T-shirts or without shirts on or flexing on a beach with mountains in the background…According to what I could tell…these men occupied a terrific kingdom all their own, out in California.”
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Excerpted from: GORILLA SUIT © by Bob Paris (St. Martin’s Press, 1997, all rights reserved ISBN 0-312-16855-1)