The purpose of this issue is to celebrate the life and career of John Grimek. Like most of the other contributors to the issue, I have my own stories about how I first met John and how he affected my life. That first meeting occurred in 1963 on a trip up the eastern seaboard with my mother and sister to visit people who raised mastiffs, a breed of dog in which I’d become interested and, as it happens, a breed I’ve owned ever since that trip. I’d visited York and the old Broad Street gym early in the summer of 1958, but John wasn’t in that day. But five years later, as I walked into the gym in the York Barbell Company’s new office building, there was The Glow, pushing the iron.