Those like me who grew up in the Eighties will likely be familiar with professional wrestling and the World Wrestling Federation. And if you were a huge fan like I was, you’d also be familiar with the name Bruno Sammartino, a WWE Hall of Famer.
He weighed 83 pounds when he arrived in Pittsburgh at age 14. As a scrawny Oakland teen who spoke broken English, Bruno became the target of bullies. A Jewish friend named Maurice took pity on him, Sammartino says, and invited him and his brother, Paul, to join the Young Men and Women’s Hebrew Association in Oakland.
“It was the first time in my life I saw weights, and it didn’t seem like there were any small enough that I could lift. But on my way home, I had a feeling in my gut that this would be something great for me. I couldn’t wait to go back.”
RIP Bruno, and may his family be comforted.