anyone on here ever heard of vinnie conzo or his brother eric? he was a top teenage bodybuilder in the early 80's. showed amazing potential as a 15 year old. another of bob gruskin's discoveries. he trained at mario"strong" gym. he lived in staten island. he could handle 455 in the incline bench exercise.
WOW! Blast from the past there.
Vinny trained a lot at a gym called "D and E" (Dennis and Ernie's) on Hyland Blvd all through the early 80s. He was easily over 300 lbs in the off-season. He was the biggest bodybuilder I had ever seen at that point in my life (I was in early high school). He had the nickname "Beast from the East," apparently given to him from Arnold himself. He had the words "Bury Me Massive" carved into his leather weight belt. He worked the front door at a local movie theatre for years. I had wondered whatever happened to him. I had heard he got arrested smuggling drugs (coke included) across the Mexican border when I was in college. Not substantiated but a lot of guys at the gym were talking about it.
I had an experience with his younger brother, Eric. I hadn't seen him since middle school, and when I had last seen him he had clearly started to train a little but nothing huge. Long-story short, due to a fracas that occurred at a Staten Island roller-skating rink (oh God is this so 1980's), it somehow was arranged that I was to meet Eric Conzo down by the Beach (Gateway Park="The Point", as it was called) to fight him I was pretty big (or so I thought) at that time so I agreed, having remembered that Eric wasn't all that big the last time I had seen him.
Well, that was about 4 years earlier. I show up at the beach with my entire football team (Monsignor Farrell High School), and Eric is there with a few friends, and he is FREAKING HUGE!! My balls shot up into my sac!! Somehow I was able to talk my way out of fighting him, and we shook hands, but he would have literally killed me!!