Arm Wresting in the Honors Dorm

Education Story

Mar 1, 1959 to Mar 1, 1959

421 N Woodland Blvd, Deland, FL, USA


I’ll never forget when I was a senior. First semester my senior year, I lived in an honors dorm. There are only like 20 of us in there. One of those was an oriental guy. I think he was from South Korea, because we had been involved there. He was probably 5’6”, wiry. Well, we had a night where we all got tired of studying and started having a Best Man Contest.

One of the things we did was arm wrestle. Well, I played football in high school, and I lifted weights, so I felt like I could wipe most of those guys, and I did until this little scrawny South Korean guy came in, “What are you doing?” Then we told him about the arm wrestling, and he said, “Can I try?” and I said, “Come on over here. I’ll show you.” Then, boom! This little scrawny guy put me down so quick. I said, “Wait a minute. I didn’t expect that. Let’s try it again.”

I never could put him down. I could move him a bit, but he would always get me. All the other guys were just amazed at that, so it made me think, “Gosh, how in the world did we ever bet the Japanese in World War II?” I think it’s a mental attitude, you know, just I’m not going let this guy beat me. It really floored me. I had beaten every other guy. There were only 20 of us there, and he was the leanest guy in the group. I don’t think he weighed 130 pounds, and I’m thinking, “Oh gosh, I don’t want to hurt this guy, and boom I could not move his arm.”

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