Jim McDermott called on Thursday, and suggested it would be nice if we could republish the Tom Manno Interview that Wendy did in December of 2007. Wendy and I agreed that would be nice, and in fact, we decided to do a Tribute Website of that edition of Wisconsin Powerlifting News, which we intend to pay for, annually, in Tom's Honor, for at least the next 10 years.
Thank you, Jim, for the Genesis of that idea.
Here is the beginning of the interview, with the Link to follow:
by Wendy Hou-Seye
The Manno family has always been very supportive of NASA, traveling to Las Vegas with Team NASA in 2004, 2006, and 2007. Never have they been more supportive, however, than in terms of their sponsorship of the recent 2007 Master's Nationals Meet, out in Mesa, Arizona. They not only provided sponsorship themselves, but also helped line up a number of other sponsors. And everybody loves to watch Tom put up a BIG Bench. So, we decided he would be the perfect national lifter for our December interview.
Wendy: When did you get started in lifting and what was your motivation to become a lifter?
Tom: I was about Tommy's age, 11 to 12, and I had a paper route where one of my subscribers had a High School aged son named Steve. Steve said to me one day, "You're big for your age, Tom, let's see how strong you are." I then went inside where he had one of those old sand-filled weight sets. I would stop regularly and press more weight until I was military pressing 150 Lbs. at age 13. One summer evening at my best friend's house, the neighborhood kids had gathered in his garage as they were lifting weights. They asked to see what I could do and when I pressed over 150 Lbs. their jaws dropped. At that moment I knew I was good and I've never looked back ever since.
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