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Blast From The Past – One Time World’s Tallest Man Was An El Pasoan

El Paso Times

I came across the following article on the El Paso Times’ website.  Jake Erlich grew to be 8 feet 6 inches tall and was raised in El Paso.  He appeared in movies as a child, joined the Ringling Brother’s Circus and eventually became a traveling wine salesman.

He met one man taller than him in his life time, an 8 foot 9 inch man named Robert Wadlow, and when asked about him he said, “I was so flabbergasted when I saw him the only thing I could think to say was, ‘How’s the weather up there?’…  He didn’t like it either.”

Turns out Mr. Erlich was a pretty funny man too.  Check out this link to an interview done back in 1950 from the El Paso Times.  It’s a fun read.

http://www.elpasotimes.com/news/ci_22060698/trish-long-el-paso-man-made-mark-movies

 

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