WEIS Radio welcomed best-selling author David Hartline into the studio on Friday morning to talk about his brand new book “The Real Tarzan – the University of Alabama’s Legendary Arthur P. ‘Tarzan’ White.
Hartline is best known for “What a Soldier Gives” – outlining his experiences before, during and after serving in Vietnam. That no holds barred look at life, and politics, in that era went on to become a best-seller, building a large following across the nation for the author – with each following book receiving rave reviews as well.
Now, he turns his attention back home – to tell the amazing life story of long-time Cherokee County resident Tarzan White, considered to be one of the finest athletes ever to come out of the state of Alabama.
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White was named to not one, but to two of the University of Alabama’s half-century all-time teams; he went on to be an All-Pro with the New York Giants and with Chicago; he played in the first-ever Pro Bowl as a New York Giant – following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, White enlisted in the Army Air Corps where he was asked to perform on the military football team which played exhibition games to sell bonds and help promote the war effort.
After finishing his stint in the military, he returned to the New York Giants eventually going into wrestling on the side where he actually won the “World Championship” belt on THREE different occasions over the next few years. And that’s just for starters.
White coached high school sports for several years including Gaylesville – where he formed the football team. In later years, he served as a mail carrier in Cherokee County.
David Hartline was a close, personal friend of Tarzan White’s for some 30 years – and its all there in his new book “The Real Tarzan”.
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