Australian Ironman

For everyone in Australia, be sure to read the September issue of Ironman Magazine on newstands now, specifically pages 106-109. There’s a nice article about me and the Muscle Memory website. Thanks to Daniel Nash for thinking this story was worth telling, and for sending me a few copies of the magazine.

There are a few lines in the article that I would have stated slightly differently. For example, “Almost all of the 65,000 entries on MuscleMemory have come from magazines.” While in the 1950′s and into the 1970′s, even local contests got mentioned in the back of magazines like Strength and Health, we’re lucky if national level contests receive any coverage today. While most of the vintage results in my database came from magazines, almost all of recent contest results have come from other websites. Also, about 10,000 entries came from Harry de Jonge, who had created his own personal database in the mid 1990′s. His contributions almost doubled the size of my database at the time.

Also, I believe in the quote I gave regarding drugs in the 1990s destroying the aesthetics of bodybuilding, I said “growth hormone, insulin and diuretics”. But that’s a minor point.

And everyone whom I’ve shown the article to has commented on the same thing. In the article they use my last name 15 times, but only mentions my first name once, such as “Fogarty said” and “Fogarty believes”. In the US it would be more common to use one’s first name. The last time anyone called me by just my last name was high school gym class.

FOLLOW-UP: It was pointed out that I’m mentioned in the Editorial as well. Very cool.

2 Responses to “ Australian Ironman ”

  1. Don Says:

    I’m so glad you’re finally receiving some “official” notice about your website. It is a wonderful resource on the web and so intelligently put together and intuitive in its layout. It’s really a class act!!

    The issue you raise about bodybuilding reporting on contests is true. So much of the magazines are devoted to selling products that actual news on the “sport” is hard to come by and lesser known athletes don’t have the access to the bodybuilding magazines they once had. I remember in the early eighties a man winning a state level contest such as the California would often appear on the cover of a magazine. Now, it is rare for someone winning the Nationals to get that kind of exposure. And, ironically, there are less contests to report on due to the demise of the AAU’s bodybuilding division and the undernourished state of the current NABBA USA. There are some aspects of bodybuilding coverage that I wish were more like the old days.

  2. Twink Says:

    Good job