Glenn Sundby was one of the biggest “names” at the original Muscle Beach in Santa Monica, CA, co-founded USA gymnastics, helped establish the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame and was the editor and chief of several successful gymnastic magazines. Sundby was born in Minneapolis, MN and as a youngster, became fascinated with gymnasts, bodybuilders and Hollywood stunt men. At 5 feet, 5 inches, he was a perfect “top man” and eventually teamed up with wrestler and bodybuilder George Long as a traveling acrobatic group. Not long after, Sundby’s sister Delores joined the group. They famous as the Wayne-Martin Trio appearing at nightclubs, carnivals, The Ed Sullivan Show and even with Spike Jones and his Musical Depreciation Society (how you know you have REALLY made it!)
Just for kicks, on December 29, 1949, Sundby walked down all 898 steps of the Washington Monument on his hands. At various points in time, Sundby was the editor in chief of “Acro-Chat,” Acrobat Magazine, Modern Gymnast, and International Gymnast magazine. Here’s Glenn doing a little light reading at his desk.