Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Not Quite a Wordless Wednesday - Olympian Johnny Weissmuller

This Date in History:
Johnny Weissmuller sets 100-yard freestyle record

Johann Peter Weissmüller was born June 2, 1904, to Peter Weissmüller and his wife Elisabeth Kersch, in Banat, Freidorf, Timisoura, Romania (Austria-Hungary).
His place of birth is discussed in the Sports Illustrated article:
Johnny Weissmuller Made Olympian Efforts To Conceal His Birthplace

Weissmuller had five wives: band and club singer Bobbe Arnst (1931-1933); actress Lupe Vélez (1933-1939); Beryl Scott by which he had three children (1939 -1948); Allene Gates (1948-1962); and Maria Baumann of Bavaria (1963- his death 1984).

Johnny Weissmuller died January 20, 1984 (aged 79) in Acapulco, Mexico.


Sanjay Maharaj said...

Grate to read about an Olympian especially when my city Vancovuer is hosting the 2010 Winter Games

Lori said...

Very interesting picture! I have never seen him this young before!