The Strongest Filmmaker in the World

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  1. Geoff Fleming says:

    Very nostalgic photo! In 1978, I met ‘Uncle Vassili’ at JFK Airport, N.Y., when the Soviet team arrived for the world championships. I was filming the arrival with a 16mm news camera, about the size of the Eclair NPR in the photo.
    Vassili beckoned me to hand him the camera, which I did, then he pretended to film. A few minutes later, he held it at one arm’s length, to the delight of the onlookers. When he gave it back, I held it out also…unfortunately, he turned around and saw me do this. I think he was a bit upset, as he probably thought I was trying to make him look bad but I was simply curious. The camera was only about 15 or 20 lbs fully loaded, so it wasn’t all that hard.
    Great new photos on the Lift-Up site! Very interesting.

    • achidlovski says:

      Hi Geoff!!!! So glad to hear you. I was about to send you some of these enhanced photos but you read my mind 🙂
      I miss the old Go Heavy forum. One day I went there and it was gone…
      Great story about Alexeev and you in the JFK Airport!!!!

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