By John McDermott
September 07, 2011
The year was 1987, when Swede would have been 72 years old. I owned a very heavy metal-working lathe at the time, and I told Swede about it. His tool-and-hardware collecting tendency got the better of him, and he stopped by my house to make me an offer I couldn't refuse. So, we struck a deal. I told him to go round up a few burly friends to help us load the lathe onto his trusty and rusty pickup truck. But Swede didn't even consider that option. He grabbed onto the lathe and tossed it into the truck as if it were just a piece of luggage! I knew that Swede was very strong, but I didn't realize that he was strong enough to single-handedly lift and load a 600 pound piece of machinery. As a former powerlifter (Alaska State Powerlifting Championships - 1974), I was no match for the super-human strength of Arvid "Swede" Risland at age 72.
About: "Moved to Ketchikan in 1960.
Received September 03, 2011 - Published September 07, 2011
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