A pair of individuals with super human powers spent time together in Kodiak on Saturday.
Captain America and Bill Kazmaier — a world champion strongman — formed the island’s own Avenger squad at an open house at Arctic Chiropractic and Massage on Mill Bay Road.
Lindsay Knight, dressed as Captain America, posed for photos, while Kazmaier signed autographs and turned skillets into tacos with his uncanny strength.
Kazmaier, 63, was the main attraction. The former world champion powerlifter, strongman and professional wrestler now works for Arctic. He travels around the state, and the world, giving motivational talks to youths.
Originally from Wisconsin, Kazmaier has been in Alaska for five years. This was his first visit to the Emerald Isle. A religious man, he spent time talking to church youth groups, hanging out with adoring fans at Rotary Club meetings and deer hunting. His hunt was not successful.
“I brought 300 blackout, which was only good for 100 yards,” he said. “I saw a lot of deer, but didn’t see a buck that was within 100 yards. I’m going to bring a 7 magnum next time.”
The trip was successful, as he spread his message of “conceive, believe, achieve” across Kodiak.
Kazmaier said he grew up in a rough environment at home and was given no positive encouragement from his father.
“I was always discouraged and never encouraged, and told I would be worthless,” he said. “That was a tough way to grow up and I know a lot of kids are hurting just like I was.”
Kazmaier certainly did something with his life. His powerlifting records include a 925.9-pound squat, a 661.4-pound bench press and an 886.7-pound deadlift. He won the world’s strongest man title from 1980 to 1982. He is proud of all those numbers, but is quick to point out some of his other feats.
He talked to students at 10 schools and YMCAs in one day in South Carolina, covered 15 schools in 30 hours in North Carolina and 27 locations in three days in Seattle. Even more impressive is that he did not lose his voice.
“I use my voice,” Kazmaier said. “Often times they offer me a microphone and I just say, ‘the world’s strongest man does not need a microphone. I will crush it.”’
Being Kazmaier is tiring. He just made stops in Africa and Asia, and the next two months is traveling to Las Vegas, England and Niagara Falls. He will also be back in Kodiak from Oct. 5-18 to work at Arctic.
“I try to help kids make right decisions,” he said. “And to play the video game of life.”