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Old 08-13-2012, 10:31 AM
 
Location: Lake Oswego, Manhattan, Aspen
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I was watching a Tennessee Williams' documentary, and saw a photo of him on the beach. He actually had pecs! Not Brock Lesnar pecs, of course, but not the saggy moobs one would expect on a middle-aged, cigarette-smoking, alcoholic.

And I remember his account of being raped by a staff member at a Mexican Resort. You'd expect someone with his substance issues to have to PAY for attentions like that -- unless he worked out. I mean, booze and ciggies each have a feminizing effect, and the synergy of the two is largely responsible for why men from that era were so unbelievably hideous (well, the greasy hair and pants up six inches past their navels probably didn't help, either...).

But Williams seems to have been unusually attractive. So, I was just wondering: did he cruise the 'Y', and actually exercise while waiting to catch someone's eye? Did he swim regularly? Did he have whatever they called 'Personal Trainers' back then? (Most of the big, professional muscle men, back then, offered a variety of 'services', beyond posing exhibitions, and maybe he had them in to give him workouts, before moving on to more interesting and expensive offerings)

So, what was Tennessee Williams' fitness secret? And obviously, I'm all ears for any lurid details fit to print...
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Old 08-14-2012, 02:52 PM
 
Location: Lake Oswego, Manhattan, Aspen
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Oh, for heaven's sake! Is everybody here fixated on the likes of Justin Bieber and Beyonce? Are those the boundaries of your worlds? Sheeeesh!

Anyway, I just found this tidbit at a site called 'commonground.org' : "Built originally in 1904, The Christopher is the site of the former Robert McBurney YMCA, and was an important fixture in Manhattan’s vibrant Chelsea neighborhood. Immortalized in the song “YMCA” by the Village People, the McBurney YMCA provided affordable accommodations for single working men, low-income individuals and merchant seamen. Andy Warhol and playwright Tennessee Williams were among the famous residents who took advantage of the YMCA’s affordable lodging and recreational facilities."

http://www.commonground.org/our-buil...e-christopher/

Yep! Right neighborhood... Definitely a 'playground'.... So, we know he at least knew about exercise facilities, and frequented at least one. And since one of his closest friends said Williams liked to 'hook up' at least once a day, I'm sure the Y was a fave haunt. Surely, he did more than sit around casting lecherous glances, while waiting for the next trick.

Come on, y'all! I want DIRT!!!

_______

Oh, BTW, I consider Williams to be in the top 5 greatest writers who ever lived. I grew up in a nonwhite backwoods area of Mississippi, and discovered the entirely separate world of Delta Aristocrats after I went to college. Tennessee Williams captures the essence of that world with astonishing accuracy.
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Old 08-14-2012, 04:04 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Upstate NY!
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Blow out your candles...Laura.
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Old 08-17-2012, 08:11 PM
 
Location: CHicago, United States
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Yes, I think he did. Together with Richard Simmons.
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Old 08-18-2012, 07:57 AM
 
Location: Keosauqua, Iowa
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Oh, for heaven's sake! Is everybody here fixated on the likes of Justin Bieber and Beyonce? Are those the boundaries of your worlds? Sheeeesh!
Believe it or not, there is a little bit of life that can be experienced aside from Bieber, Beyonce, and the physical fitness regimen of Tennessee Williams.

I don't know if he pumped iron, but it's pretty common knowledge that he pumped Frank Merlo.
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Old 09-03-2012, 07:30 PM
 
Location: Lake Oswego, Manhattan, Aspen
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Update!

From The Selected Letters of Tennessee Williams: 1920-1945:
TW stayed briefly at the YMCA, upon arriving in Los Angeles in 1939.

Maybe he used the rowing machine, etc., while there? That's two YMCAs we know he stayed at.

Aw come on, y'all... Everybody in Jackson had the scoop on Joe Namath and Michael Landon. And Tennessee Williams was far less discreet (though far less attractive). So I know there are people out there with stories to tell...
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