Casting the Iron Guru

For decades they called him “The Iron Guru.” For a few cherished years in the 1980s, I simply called him “Vince.” A new book by Karl Coyne, appropriately titled Vince’s Secret Locker, is the most ambitious and thorough compilation of what made the late Vince Gironda one of, if not the most influential and significant bodybuilding experts in history. Gironda trained thousands in his Studio City, Calif. gym across six decades, but millions of followers could never experience the inner workings of Vince’s genius — until now. Coyne’s book takes the reader inside that small gym on Ventura Boulevard and taps into the training secrets, nutritional wisdom, philosophy and charisma that made Vince’s Gym a bodybuilding mecca. Make no mistake,…

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The time of toothlessness

A terrible prediction: There is a bacteria that is even now beginning to emerge, and it's primary target will be human teeth. This bacteria will cause teeth to become infected and rot quickly, and it will be easily spread. Within a decade, 50 percent of humanity will have lost all their teeth, and the remainder will suffer from some degree of tooth loss.

We will, of course, soldier on, with implants or dentures. But for the very poor, theirs is a future of toothlessness, of soft food and aching gums. For other, wealthier people, this will be a chance at self-expression, as they choose replacement teeth of unnatural colors, or surprising shapes (vampire teeth will be especially popular.)

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Health Expo 2016

Health fairs, expos and conventions are a dime-a-dozen these days. Corner drugstores, corporate call centers, college campuses, even church basements pull out a few tables, invite a few doctors with blood pressure cuffs, fancy glucose testing schemes and free pens sponsored by drug companies and set out to tell the public what to do and who to see after you get sick. So what makes the Omaha Health Expo different as it presents its ninth annual event, this year at Baxter Arena on April 9 and 10?

“Well, to start with,” informs show producer Bob Mancuso of Mid-America Expositions, “It’s the premier event of its kind in the region offering information and education, products and demonstrations with a particular emphasis…

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Social media addiction

In the next few years, social media addiction will be diagnosed as a mental illness, and will be found to be widespread, especially among those under the age of 20. The addicted will not be able to go more than a few minutes without checking in a social media, and will obsessively spend every spare moment loading pictures and commenting.

Addicts will actually base their self-worth on their social media experience, agonizing about how many likes they get on each selfie, tending to their friends list with the sort of obsessive lunacy of a hoarder. Some will even try to build massive collections of online friends, and insist on interacting with them all, regardless of how well they know each…

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Green Grass for Real

The ugly, deadly trucks of TruGreen have already started their parade through the streets. The killing season has begun for many. Kill those weeds. Kill those bugs. Kill everything that lives except that genetically modified green swath of Kentucky Bluegrass that seems to be the necessity of everyone from homeowners to hospitals, businesses to bumbling bureaucrats who budget poison sprays for our boulevards and right-of-ways.

Last spring, the fog of poison gas was so heavy in Dodge Park that we often turned our vehicle around and left the minute we got within detection distance. I confirmed by phone with the park ranger on duty that the poison spraying would continue for a few weeks. The pall of toxic fumes waft…

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Color my future

America is about to develop a longstanding obsession with coloring books. Already growing in popularity, these complex, visually absorbing books will soon become a nationwide craze. Many will find them soothing, saying they experience almost Zen levels of relaxation doing them.

But they will also develop a social dimension, with groups meeting to spend time together working on coloring, and something showing the results. There will be contests, and there will be some colorists so skilled that they will be able to sell their completed coloring books as works of art. There will even be odd trends that spin off, such as television shows that you can color as you watch and clothes that are meant to be colored liked…

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Clean Green

Yes, it’s time for spring cleaning. Behavioral scientists say that it’s natural for humans to want to organize and clean things up at springtime. Look around and you see Mother Nature doing the same thing. Spring is a time of purging the detritus of December and making room for the rebirth of the season of growth. Birds are sprucing up nests. Squirrels are dumping the trash out of their wintertime hidey-holes. Soon the thunderstorms of April will wash away the logjams and dead leaves from the past. So if you feel impelled to grab a mop, some cleaning supplies and get to work around the apartment or house, you’re in good company.

But while you’re in the midst of getting…

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Casting the Iron Guru

For decades they called him “The Iron Guru.” For a few cherished years in the 1980s, I simply called him “Vince.” A new book by Karl Coyne,...

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