In 2008 I sent an MD videographer, Butch Peterson, to Andy’s home in Colorado. We did a video entitled, “A Day in the Life of IFBB Pro Andy Haman.” Andy was one of a kind! A “real-life cartoon character” with superhero muscle and looks. He was a great guy, like a little kid in a man’s body that made everyone laugh. I just had to get this larger-than-life figure on video, so people could appreciate Andy the most. I had the most respect for Andy as a family man, a great and loving husband, and father of four children.
In 2013 I remember speaking to Dan Solomon about writing a print article about Andy in Muscular Development magazine. We thought it would be an up-to-date article on the “one and only” Andy Haman. We thought MD readers would enjoy it! It was called “Is Andy Haman the Greatest Show in Bodybuilding?” and was published in August 2013. I needed larger-than-life photographs to go with the story, so I had my ace photographer Per Bernal provide the amazing and larger-than-life photography! We are publishing the story again this month in MD as a tribute to Andy.
I hope you enjoy the article that Dan wrote about Andy’s life and wonderful family, and that it brings joy to everyone’s heart! Whenever I think of Andy, I get this warm feeling about him, which makes me smile.
My condolences to Andy’s wife Michelle, and to his family and friends. Andy was an inspiration to myself as well as many others. Andy will always be remembered, but never forgotten.
God bless! Rest in peace, Andy!
Is Andy Haman the Greatest Show in Bodybuilding?
BY DAN SOLOMON
At first glance, the world of bodybuilding is defined mostly by the muscles that inhabit it. To the outsider, a peek into the muscle culture typically reveals little more than chiseled abs, biceps that tear shirtsleeves, and big dudes who make loud noises. And just like most things, a quick glance seldom tells a complete story. In fact, it was the late Joe Weider who once reminded us that the sport of bodybuilding is not about the physiques, but rather it’s about the stories behind the muscle. Those who have extended their look, beyond just a glance, are often surprised to discover the extraordinary men and women who dedicate themselves to a craft that requires sacrifices few have the courage to make.
While many of the world’s top bodybuilders are motivated by trophies and prize money, this particular story is not about any of those guys. This isn’t the story of another world-class physique who dreams of becoming Mr. Olympia, nor is it a tale of another athlete who takes himself too seriously. With apologies to those who occupy the “Olympia Dreamers Club,” those stories are a dime a dozen, as common as the little boy who dreams of playing for the Yankees.
This story, far less predictable, is about one of the zaniest, oddest and most outlandish men you will ever encounter. Andy Haman is a living, breathing, real-life cartoon character … NOT just because of his superhero looks and pro-caliber physique. His cartoon character-like persona comes from deep within, far beneath the muscle.
Just to be clear, there’s no shortage of muscle on a guy who has once crowned Mr. Iowa and Mr. Chicago (drug free) before eventually winning an NPC Masters National Championship, a title that granted him entrance into the IFBB’s pro ranks. But for Andy, it’s never been about the muscle.
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