Yes, Carl, those were the days. I loved them.
PAUL A. BAUMGARTNER SR.
You have to give credit where credit is due. I think Bob Ottum did an excellent job of covering the zany Paul brothers (Honin' the Barbarians, June 28), and I know, because they have lived with me in the Venice- Santa Monica area on and off for the past two years. These guys are by far the strongest twins alive, as they claim to be.
I must also add that it's true about the sweaty clothes. I've seen David wear the same socks for three weeks.
Spring Valley Lake, Calif.
That was an excellent piece Bob Ottum did on Peter and David Paul. It's great to see an article about two future Mr. Olympias. I hope SI is there when the twins enter their first competition.
CARL DE IMUS
I'm sure glad you ran the article on the Barbarians. Vomiting off balconies? Never bathing? Getting thrown out of restaurants? Manhandling policemen? Destroying property?
Gee, what swell guys! Just the sort I'd like my sons to emulate.
I was discussing Bob Ottum's article on the Barbarian twins with friends at our local weightlifting gymnasium, and we agreed that these brothers could probably lift the entire building. However, one of the participants in our discussion pointed out what seems to be an error in the article. On page 32, the lower picture illustrates David attempting to bench press what is captioned as "500 pounds." The Olympic bar, weighing 45 pounds, appears to hold six plates, presumably weighing 45 pounds each. Now, if our assumptions and mathematics are correct, 7 x 45 = 315 pounds.
STEVEN E. PFENNINGER
New Castle, Ind.
?You're right. We had made the same estimate, but when we checked with the twins, Peter erroneously recalled the poundage as 500.—ED.
If I lift a bunch of weights and act as boorishly as possible, may I, too, have an article written about me in SI? I'm already up to 24 eggs a day.
ROBERT W. BLESCH