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May 17, 1986 | CHRIS DUFRESNE, Times Staff Writer
Of all the things to be good at in life, John Brenner had to be blessed with the ability to throw a shotput. He doesn't understand it, either. And while he'd love to revel in the glory of his sport, he has concluded there is none. If he were to throw a baseball as well, Brenner, 25, would get the girls, the condo in Marina del Rey and maybe even a milk commercial.
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June 21, 1988 | MAL FLORENCE, Times Staff Writer
John Brenner said he had been in the best shape of his career. His coach, Art Venegas, said that Brenner had been ready to break the world shotput record. Moreover, the one-time UCLA track and field star had the incentive in an Olympic year to throw farther than he had ever thrown before. "Everything was together, my workouts, a specific diet. Everything was going perfectly," Brenner said.
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April 26, 1987 | MAL FLORENCE
John Brenner will try to improve on his American shotput record of 73 feet 1/2 inch, and Carl Lewis will continue his quest of Bob Beamon's long-standing long jump record today at the Puma-Mt. San Antonio College Relays in Walnut. Other features of the invitational meet that begins at noon include: --American record-holder Jimmy Howard opposing Doug Nordquist in the high jump. They were ranked Nos. 2 and 3 in the world, respectively, in 1986.
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June 21, 1988 | MAL FLORENCE, Times Staff Writer
John Brenner said he had been in the best shape of his career. His coach, Art Venegas, said that Brenner had been ready to break the world shotput record. Moreover, the one-time UCLA track and field star had the incentive in an Olympic year to throw farther than he had ever thrown before. "Everything was together, my workouts, a specific diet. Everything was going perfectly," Brenner said.
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April 19, 1987 | MAL FLORENCE, Times Staff Writer
John Brenner said that he wanted to close the gap between himself and the Europeans. The former UCLA shotputter made a giant step, make that throw, towards that goal Saturday afternoon at Drake Stadium. On his first competitive effort of the outdoor season, Brenner got off a throw of 73 feet 1/2 inch to establish an American record. The old record was 72-9 3/4, set by Brian Oldfield in 1984.
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April 21, 1987 | MAL FLORENCE, Times Staff Writer
Lean is in and fat is out, as far as John Brenner is concerned. Brenner, who set an American shotput record of 73 feet 1/2 inch Saturday at UCLA's Drake Stadium, says he's more effective now that he's at a trim 280 pounds. Now some people would still regard Brenner as a hulk--and he is. But he's a leaner hulk.
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May 8, 1987 | JIM MURRAY
Lots of things that used to be uniquely American aren't anymore. The two-door sedan, the 10 cigar, the clock-radio, the TV set, tires, steel, oil. Shoot! We don't even own parts of our own cities anymore. You half expect them to have to start importing apple pie any day now. And while we're on the subject, what ever happened to us in the shotput? This used to be the most genuinely American specialty this side of cowboy movies.
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April 27, 1987 | MAL FLORENCE, Times Staff Writer
John Brenner didn't throw in practice the past week because his left knee was bothering him. He had difficulty sleeping Saturday night because his right wrist was throbbing. The former UCLA shotputter is also bothered by sore ribs. So Brenner obviously wasn't ready for any sort of a record performance. Wrong. Brenner is on a roll. He broke his own American record that he set April 18 at UCLA with a tremendous throw of 73 feet 10 3/4 inches Sunday afternoon at the Puma-Mt.
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May 8, 1987 | JIM MURRAY
Lots of things that used to be uniquely American aren't anymore. The two-door sedan, the 10 cigar, the clock-radio, the TV set, tires, steel, oil. Shoot! We don't even own parts of our own cities anymore. You half expect them to have to start importing apple pie any day now. And while we're on the subject, what ever happened to us in the shotput? This used to be the most genuinely American specialty this side of cowboy movies.
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April 27, 1987 | MAL FLORENCE, Times Staff Writer
John Brenner didn't throw in practice the past week because his left knee was bothering him. He had difficulty sleeping Saturday night because his right wrist was throbbing. The former UCLA shotputter is also bothered by sore ribs. So Brenner obviously wasn't ready for any sort of a record performance. Wrong. Brenner is on a roll. He broke his own American record that he set April 18 at UCLA with a tremendous throw of 73 feet 10 3/4 inches Sunday afternoon at the Puma-Mt.
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April 26, 1987 | MAL FLORENCE
John Brenner will try to improve on his American shotput record of 73 feet 1/2 inch, and Carl Lewis will continue his quest of Bob Beamon's long-standing long jump record today at the Puma-Mt. San Antonio College Relays in Walnut. Other features of the invitational meet that begins at noon include: --American record-holder Jimmy Howard opposing Doug Nordquist in the high jump. They were ranked Nos. 2 and 3 in the world, respectively, in 1986.
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April 21, 1987 | MAL FLORENCE, Times Staff Writer
Lean is in and fat is out, as far as John Brenner is concerned. Brenner, who set an American shotput record of 73 feet 1/2 inch Saturday at UCLA's Drake Stadium, says he's more effective now that he's at a trim 280 pounds. Now some people would still regard Brenner as a hulk--and he is. But he's a leaner hulk.
SPORTS
April 19, 1987 | MAL FLORENCE, Times Staff Writer
John Brenner said that he wanted to close the gap between himself and the Europeans. The former UCLA shotputter made a giant step, make that throw, towards that goal Saturday afternoon at Drake Stadium. On his first competitive effort of the outdoor season, Brenner got off a throw of 73 feet 1/2 inch to establish an American record. The old record was 72-9 3/4, set by Brian Oldfield in 1984.
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May 17, 1986 | CHRIS DUFRESNE, Times Staff Writer
Of all the things to be good at in life, John Brenner had to be blessed with the ability to throw a shotput. He doesn't understand it, either. And while he'd love to revel in the glory of his sport, he has concluded there is none. If he were to throw a baseball as well, Brenner, 25, would get the girls, the condo in Marina del Rey and maybe even a milk commercial.
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April 27, 1985 | Mal Florence
If there was any one event that Americans figured to dominate in the Olympic Games last summer, it was the shotput. The U.S. was represented by three 70-foot-plus throwers--Dave Laut, Mike Carter and Augie Wolf. Two others, John Brenner, the collegiate record holder at 71-11, and Brian Oldfield, who has the unofficial world record at 75 feet, hadn't even made the team. Brenner was fourth in the U.S.
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September 22, 2006
Sept. 22, 1921: Mrs. Clara B. Brenner told Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge J.W. Summerfield that she wanted to divorce John F. Brenner on the grounds of cruelty. "My husband went 18 years without smiling," she told the court, according to The Times. "He crabbed all the time and even when he drank liquor he appeared to get grouchier than ever." Mrs. Brenner's story ran in The Times under the headline, "Booze Fails as Smile Coaxer."
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April 27, 1985 | Mal Florence
If there was any one event that Americans figured to dominate in the Olympic Games last summer, it was the shotput. The U.S. was represented by three 70-foot-plus throwers--Dave Laut, Mike Carter and Augie Wolf. Two others, John Brenner, the collegiate record holder at 71-11, and Brian Oldfield, who has the unofficial world record at 75 feet, hadn't even made the team. Brenner was fourth in the U.S.
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