Above - Chris at his desk working on artwork for RetroSyracuse, a sportswear company.
The HOPC Team received the very sad news that our beloved member and illustrator 'Sticks' passed away yesterday morning (May 3rd, 2019). Artist, musician, fabricator of exercise equipment and all-round decent guy, Chris has played an integral role in the development of HOPC. The volume of work he has contributed is amazing when one considers he was working several jobs and was also caregiver to his ailing brother.
Chris and i met when we were both contributors to Rob Drucker's Muscles of Iron site, and from that time on we became and remained firm friends. We undertook quite a few projects together and were in regular contact. It did not take me long to realize that he was a good, kind and generous human being concerned for the welfare of others. Many times he would make equipment for youngsters who had little money and give them solid training programs so they could train at home.
He was caregiver for both of his parents and his younger brother until they passed. He did this always with love and compassion and no complaint. He had a great sense of humor which would often show in his art work and took pleasure in giving pleasure. His work has without doubt enhanced the quality of HOPC as he entertained, amused and instructed through it. It is a wonderful legacy he leaves behind even though he now leaves a void that cannot be filled. How blessed I was to have known him, spent time with him and lucky to have him as a friend. Now he is at peace and we must let go. God bless you dear Sticks and may you find eternal rest.
Our sincerest condolences to his sister Diane, family and friends.
Peter Yates, HOPC Editor-in-Chief
Art Director, CHRIS BOSTICK had a pencil in his
hand as far back as he can remember, at least 2 or 3 years of age.
Throughout childhood he would draw objects, diagrams and anything
that took his fancy. Further inspiration came from comic book and
movie poster artists, the foremost being Frank Frazetta. This
interest and activity has continued his entire life.
His journey into Physical Culture began around 10 years of age as means of becoming stronger for sports. Early mentors were football player Dan Luziski and high school coach, Carl Bjork. This gave Chris sound training advice and a good solid base from which to develop.
Starting out with a Billard 110# set, he made his own bench and rack. His biggest supporters, Mom and Dad, also contributed to his home gym. From the age of 14 every birthday for the next four years Mom would buy him a pair of 40# Roberts plates, his Dad made him a beautiful knurled 6ft bar.
From an interest in sports he turned at first to bodybuilding and then to the newly formalized sport of powerlifting. Entering local competition in the late 1960s/early 1970/s he did quite well and totaled 1400 in the 198# class. However moving on to regional events he got his first taste of reality, seeing the front runners with totals of 1600 plus, in his weight class. Gradually training was relegated to a hobby and a means of communicating with those of like mind who enjoyed training for training's sake.
Throughout this time and to the present his interest in creating, designing and fabricating sturdy but inexpensive training equipment has never waned. He has helped many a youngster set up a decent home gym without breaking the bank. His mission through his art and training advise is to inform and amuse. He believes that in training there is nothing really new. He continues to custom design equipment, create personalized images for T-shirts and give one on one training advise for those who are interested. Chris can be contacted through the HOPC.
Special thanks to Peter Yates, HOPC Editor for writing this bio.
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