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LOOKING FOR A LIFT
Mark Kram
September 12, 1966
Watched moodily by the one friend who believes in him, Norbert Schemansky works out faithfully in a sleazy underground gym and ponders his years as the world's greatest weight lifter, an achievement that wins him neither glory nor a job to help support his family
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September 12, 1966

Looking For A Lift

Watched moodily by the one friend who believes in him, Norbert Schemansky works out faithfully in a sleazy underground gym and ponders his years as the world's greatest weight lifter, an achievement that wins him neither glory nor a job to help support his family

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"Oh, forget it, Jack," said Norbert, tossing Jack's prose aside. "Nobody's listening."

They moved out of the gym and into the night. Jack, grumbling, said he was going for a walk. He was hungry, he said, and walking made him forget about it. Maybe later, he said, he would try to convince Lois that she truly was clever. Norbert said he had to get home immediately, because his wife had to go to work in the morning. Walking away, Jack waved his hands, and Norbert shook his head from side to side. The drunks in the hotel were quiet, perhaps tired from the night before.

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