Thursday, April 01, 2010

My Peeps.

Me, U of Iowa 1976.
Neil Schmitt, my coach and mentor at Iowa.One serious athlete, gymnast,coach and spotter.



Dan Repp, the best ring man I have ever seen. The first guy I met at Iowa and he had the best ring swing of all time, imo.





The little guy to the far right was my head coach at Iowa, Dick Holzaphael one the early great acrobats and gymnasts.

12 comments:

David R Bradley said...

Rif,

This is God's way of reminding me to ask you if you've ever read anything by Dan Millman and if not, you should start here...

http://astore.amazon.com/thepurvidcom-20/detail/B0029I1YE2/191-2813546-1254744

Tracy Reifkind said...

Sweetie,

I wish you had shared the story of your first encounter with Dan Repp....funny stuff, but a lesson in "judging a book by it's cover" ,lol!

You're the "real deal" sweetie, and anyone that's never trained, much less competed on an elite level can talk the talk, but walking the walk? That has to be earned.

Know of what you speak.....instead of speaking of what you "think" you know.

Mark Reifkind said...

David,

Dan was a gymnast at Berkeley a few years ahead of me who pretty much ripped off Carlos Castenada ideas, imo.I've read the books and saw( almost) the whole movie and am not impressed.he was a better gymnast than he was a writer.

Mark Reifkind said...

Honey,

I will do a blog post on my Dan Repp story. It's just a little embarassing,lol.

Mark Reifkind said...

David,

btw I like your blog and added it to my blog list.

David R Bradley said...

Thanks for following along! Casteneda's next on my list, any suggestions on where to start? I was thinking of The Active Side of Infinity or The Fire From Within...

Mark Reifkind said...

David,

start with Journey to Ixtlan, it's my favorite, and the essence.

Mark Reifkind said...

Craig

his early books had a huge influence on me. He jumped the shark for me after Journey to Ixtlan but no matter, I still love the stuff I got from him.

David R Bradley said...

Riff,

What a nice testament to the power of "Happy Days" on American jargon!

Bought Journey to Ixtlan today, I'll let you know my thoughts in a few weeks.

I smell blog in the water...

Mark Reifkind said...

great David, I have a feeling you will love this book.

North Gym Neil said...

Mark, Fun to hear we both have enjoyed Cataneda over the years. Just a few years back went back through my various editions. Will also do some inviting early next year to join the old guy contingent in Columbus for the NCAA champs and a visit with Nate and who ever else shows up. Cheers, Neil

Mark Reifkind said...

Neil!

thanks so much for stopping by and commenting.I never knew you like Castenada. Shouldn't suprise me though. It would be cool to go to Columbus and see some old friends and teamates and the new young bucks.
take care

Mark