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Thomas Klose

Wanted to share the crime story (novel) booklet ad that got me interested in the world of muscle as a little boy.

Jerry Cotton is the fictional character in a series of pulp magazine-type crime novels. The novels were written by many different writers in German-speaking countries and in Finland over the course of several decades.

 

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Thomas Klose

Born: January, 17th 1966 in Cologne.

Married, 3 grown-up children

I grew up in Cologne and played soccer in a local club until 1983. I noticed the sport of muscle early while looking at my grandma´s crime story booklets. These booklets included ads of "Provita"-Protein with pictures of A. Schwarzenegger and F. Columbu. My first real encounter with bodybuilding came soon after. My father´s teammate in gymnastics was a competitive bodybuilder. His name was Richard Knaab.I met him when I was around 8 or 9 years old at a public swimming pool. He competed up to the Mr. Germany level.

I also noticed some advertising banners in downtown Cologne. They displayed Karl Blomer´s Fitness Studio. Blomer was the first German IFBB Mr. Universe winning the title in 1971 in Paris. I started bullworker training at around 13 years of age. In April of 1980 I bought my first magazine. It was Albert Busek´s Sportrevue with Lou Ferrigno and Lisa Lyon on the cover. I remember my first workout with weights. In the summer of 1980 I visited my mom´s cousin in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Her son Robert owned a Sears weight set and a bench. I was a lot weaker than Robert, who was also a good wrestler. We visited a YMCA weight room there, too.

In the fall of 1980 my schoolmate Michael Lenzen and I started training at a public weight room that had Berg Barbell equipment and a multi-station like the Universal machine popular in the US. It was obvious by this time that I had absolutely no talent for bodybuilding whereas Michael started to grow fast and had incredible triceps and forearm development. In late 1980 a gym opened up not far away from home and I joined it early 1981. Around this time I had seen a picture of Bill Kazmaier lifting an incredible weight in the bench. From that point on I was fascinated but actually did not know what sport this was.

In 1982 I saw a poster of the IPF World Championships in Munich. Though I could not go there I now knew about Powerlifting. A year later gym owner Gerd Leyendecker saw I had lifted heavier weights in the squat and deadlift. He knew a supplement company´s representative who was also a powerlifter. His name was Mieczyslaw Szafranski. He was the national champion and record holder in the 220lb weight class. Without telling me they registered me in a lifting club in Duisburg. Without knowing any rule and borrowing a wrestling suit and approved shoes I made my first teenage contest in September of 1983 at the State Championships. I competed until 1995 but had realized that I was no top level lifter after the 1989 season. I was a weak bencher and had an hip issue so while I competed for another 6 years it was only for our club´s team matches.

My passion became Powerlfting gear like belts, wraps and suits and I tried to market these things over here starting this in 1987 while studying Mechanical engineering at the University of applied sciences in Cologne. I also started to write articles for German magazine "Power Sport" published by former IPF president Heinz Vierthaler.Later I sent in articles and news to Mike Lambert. He included this in his great magazine "Powerlifting USA" and in "Power Hotline". I also wrote 3 longer articles for MILO.    

I have stopped training for many years but was a powerlifting judge with a national card and also had the position of treasurer for the state federation for a few years.


Currently I am a senior purchaser for a large artist material wholesaler in Witten, Germany. I follow strength sport in general and keep in touch with the younger generation of lifters over here.

I am a member of Iron History since 2004 and enjoy and value Joe´s forum very much. 

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Joe Roark

Thomas, what does 'artist material wholesaler' mean? Art supplies for painters?

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Thomas Klose
On ‎08‎.‎01‎.‎2017 at 1:19 PM, Joe Roark said:

Thomas, what does 'artist material wholesaler' mean? Art supplies for painters?

Joe, just saw this question:

Art material: e.g. easels, oil and acrylic colors, stretched canvases, brushes but also soap stones and all kinds of  tools etc. We offer 26,000 items and have a 1600 pages catalogue and 45 shops in central Europe as well as an online shop.

We supply the (semi) professional artists

Thomas  

 

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Joe Roark

Thanks, Thomas.

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