August 1997

Don Reinhoudt, Jr.

by Elaine PEPE

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Don Reinhoudt Jr.’s a Who’s Who of Strong Guys.

The 52 year-old gentle giant held the title of “World’s Strongest Man” from 1973-1980.

As the current Executive Director of the Chautauqua Youth Bureau, Don takes his bulk and his concern for youth on the road. He visits schools, hospitals and jails - dealing directly with children and others who can benefit most from his important message.

“I love kids, and I love the underdogs,” says Reinhoudt, a Fredonia native. “Today’s kids need positive thinking people. I find that the tougher the kid, the better, because once you break through that barrier you can help them.”

While Don talks about positive things, he does strongman demonstrations that make you take notice. From splitting a stack of boards with his bare fist to blowing up a hot water bottle until it explodes, Don shares the realization that dreams can come true.

This forever young and active world record-holder truly possesses the most cherished “record” of his life, the countless hearts and souls of young people whose lives have been uplifted by this compassionate Superman.

Elaine Pepe is a freelance writer.


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