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Galen Gough: 1923

Galen Gough: 1923

October 5, 1923. Washington, D.C. The war hero and former invalid Galen Gough, known as the "Miracle Strong Man" after recovering from having his head caved in by bomb shrapnel in France. National Photo Co. glass negative. View full size.

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Obit for Galen Gough

Try newspapers in Colorado Springs CO. That's where he's buried.


Mr. Durant's middle name was Crapo, which is no doubt why he only used the letter C in his name. He introduced the Durant following his second and final ouster as GM's CEO.


Galen Gough, 1899-1962

Old-school strongmen

They weren't chiseled or cut, but they could pull off some sick feats of strength.

'23 Durant

The car is a 1923 Durant, named after William C. Durant, founder of General Motors.


Anyone find an obituary for Galen Gough on Oct 6, 1923?

The Original Jackass

Washington Post, Oct 4, 1923

Will Be Run Over By Auto

"Fun-Fest" Strong-Man to Show He Can Not be Injured

Galen Gotch [sic], former marine and strong man who appears nightly at the Coliseum, claims that he can be run over by an automobile with five passengers in it without being hurt.

To substantiate his claim he plans to submit himself to such a test tomorrow afternoon at 12:30 o'clock at the intersection of E street and Pennsylvania avenue northwest.


The last time I had my head caved in was at an LL Cool J concert.

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