Solving The Mystery About John C. Grimek’s Middle Initial
By Dennis B. Weis "The Yukon Hercules"
Many years ago I had an interesting conversation
with a friend regarding John C. Grimeks middle initial. I
said that the middle initial in his name stood for Carl
and that was the name I used in the dedication of the book I co-authored
with Robert Kennedy titled: Raw Muscle (Contemporary Books 1989).
My friend said that I wasnt correct and
that his middle initial stood for Carroll. We went back
and forth on this in a few more follow up conversations until I
finally said phooey on this mystery and decided to ask the man (John
C. Grimek) himself about it. Here are his exact words in an October
31, 1990 letter of reply.
Also about my middle initial, youre both
right, but for the past 20 or more years Ive used Carroll,
even as a pen name on many articles (Strength & Health and Muscular
Development magazines) over the years.
However I admit using several ethnic derivatives
because my godfather, whose name was Charles, which in Slavanic
sounded like Carole, but translated it could and does mean Carl,
Carroll from Charles. Over the years I have gone through all three
but kept using Carroll the longest.
So its not an error on your part because
the name of Charles is the ethnic group that covers them all. I
am confronted with that often and those who specifically ask me
what the C stands for, I simple answer CASH none of
which I have except the initial.
For those of you who are not familiar with
the name of John C. Grimek I will just say that he was probable
the most revered bodybuilder of all time. For over 5 decades, until
his death on November 20th of 1998, he was know as The Monarch
of Muscledom. Well there you have it. The mystery of John
C. Grimeks middle initial, FINALLY SOLVED!!!