October 30 Birthday: STRONG ATLAS: THE STORY OF CHARLES ATLAAS

Charles Atlas, athlete
Oct. 30, 1892-Dec. 23, 1972


Strong Man: The Story of Charles Atlas by Meghan McCarthy (Knopf, 2007)

Angelo Siciliano was a one-man revolution for fitness. Tired of being a weak and skinny kid, Angelo embarked on a quest for physical health. A trip to a local museum where he saw a statue of Hercules, and a visit to his favorite thinking place, the zoo, where he watched a lion stretch his muscles fueled Siciliano’s inspiration. He took a new name to go with his new muscles—Charles Atlas—and was ultimately named “The World’s Most Perfectly Developed Man.” Atlas inspired millions to exercise, eat right and live right.

Print out a copy of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services The 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans [PDF Version – 7.8 MB) to learn more about keeping healthy.

October 30 Birthday: THOSE REBELS, JOHN AND TOM

John Adams, U.S. President
Oct. 30, 1735-July 4, 1826


Those Rebels, John and Tom by Barbara Kerley, illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham (Scholastic, 2012)

Opposites in physical appearance, childhood experiences and manners of speech, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, who both grew up to be lawyers, teamed up (with others) to oppose King George of England and create the Declaration of Independence for the newly formed United States of America.

Read more about Adams at the WhiteHouse.gov page devoted to him.