The Wit and Wisdom of Doug Eidd

Back when we officed on Commerce Street, Zac Crain and I were three-times-a-week regulars at Doug's Gym, which looks today more or less like it did when it opened in '62. I still drop by on occasion to see Doug Eidd, one of my favorite people in the world. At 80 he could still drop a man half his age with just a hard stare.

A colleague still works out there and says business is better than ever. No doubt the influx of downtown denizens has helped, because back when we were down there the east end of the CBD was still a bit ... barren, let's say. No 7-Eleven, for instance, just a convenience store that sold bootlegged DVDs.

While we await some return calls, here's a short film about Doug just posted to Vimeo by filmmaker Jim Hanon, a lensman of some renown who's also the same guy who directed those "Happy Trails" spots for Mike Rawlings's pals at Jake:Ferguson. Man, I need to get back to the gym.

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White_Rock_Tex
White_Rock_Tex

Doug's right you got nothing without your health. I could use some gym time myself.

Warren Nash
Warren Nash

Doug is a wonderful guy, helpful and welcoming to all.  He has done wonders for my fitness.  I have been working out at his gym for at least 8 years now.  As Doug tells me: "Warren, you've built a fine physique!" and it is all thanks to him.

Jim Ferguson
Jim Ferguson

Robert, this is one of three short films Jim and I worked on that will be used in Doug's website www.dougsgymdallas.com We are also in the process of making a documentary about this remarkable man. Glad you liked it. 

Jim Fergsuon
Jim Fergsuon

Robert, this is the first of three short films that Jim and I are putting together for Doug's website www.dougsgymdallas.com  We eventually plan on turning it into a documentary about this remarkable man. He is an inspiration! 

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

Excellent. Good to know. He certainly deserves it. I really need to get back there. Thanks for the heads-up.

Jim Ferguson
Jim Ferguson

Over the past year, I have lost 35 pounds thanks to Doug an his workout. 

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