Larry Griswold – acrobatic clown

Not Clark Griswald, of National Lampoon, Larry Griswald.

Laurens (Larry) V. Griswold (September 17, 1905 – August 24, 1996), known as “The Diving Fool”, was an American gymnast and entertainer who was involved in the early development of the trampoline. …

(in 1931) he became a gymnastics coach at the University of Iowa and met George Nissen who was also a skilled gymnast and tumbler. …

Griswold and Nissen worked together to develop the first prototype trampoline. Later they set up a company, the Griswold-Nissen Trampoline & Tumbling Company …

In the 1950s and 1960s, he took his physical clowning and acrobatic act all across the United States becoming one of the top draws in show business. …

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In 1941, he wrote Trampoline Tumbling, the first textbook for the sport of trampolining. In 1971, with George Nissen, he founded the United States Tumbling and Trampoline Association (USTA). They honoured him by inducting him into their Hall of Fame and by the naming of the Griswold-Nissen Cup for outstanding trampolinists. …

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1 comment so far ↓

#1 Jim from Seattle on 01.07.11 at 11:20 am

Rick,
where the hell do you come up with this stuff???
this is AMAZING!!!!!
George Nissen’s college coach?
are you kiddin’ me?????
the most spectacular, crazed (and i mean that reverently!!!) acrobatic nonsense
(and Paul Hunt is a “god”) that ever existed……
(until of course, you dig up something else…..)
we truly should be humbled….we stand (as Newton claimed somewhat self-promotionally) on the shoulders of giants.
Damn, first Bragglia, now Griswold…..what are you going to do to top this?

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