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Paul Anderson: Superman From the South – Iron Game History – December 1994

The person who “discovered” Paul Anderson was the late Bob Peoples, who then held the record for the deadlift at 725 pounds. At the time Bob met the youthful, natural strongman from Toccoa Georgia, Paul was living in Tennessee where his father was employed by the Tennessee Valley Authority. Bob wrote to Strength & Health in 1952 to report that he had met a 275-pound nineteen year-old who could squat rather easily with 550 pounds as an exercise and that he had a best single of 635—more than anyone else in the world had done at that time!