Learn about Robert Wadlow in celebration of what would have been his 100th Birthday

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Dan Brannan is Content Director of RiverBender and EdGlenToday.com. He is a graduate of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, IL with degrees in Journalism and Psychology. Having previously served as the Executive Editor of The Telegraph in Alton, his 17-year tenure led the paper to over 350 awards including several General Excellence awards in the Illinois Press Association, Illinois Associated Press, Freedom Communications, Southern Illinois Editorial Association and Journal Register Company contests. Brannan was chosen to lead Freedom Communications' national pilot on social media.

He is the author of eight nonfiction books including: "The Courage to Live," a biography about Donna Gustavel, a young woman with multiple disabilities; "Everyday Angels," an inspirational book of moving human interest stories; "Live Life to the Fullest: Stories of People Coping With Diabetes" which is endorsed by the American Diabetes Association; "Boy Giant: The Story of Robert Wadlow The World's Tallest Man;" "Damn Cold and Starving" written with Sgt. Marion Ray; "You Can't Kill the Dream" co-written with fellow journalist Ande Yakstis; and "A Life in Parts," the story of Loretta Goebel and endorsed by Beatle Paul McCartney.

Dan, an avid exercise enthusiast, is a member of the American Diabetes Association and lives in Glen Carbon with his wife, Michele, and children.

VENICE - An investigation continues into the death of an Alton man, who died following incarceration at the Venice Police Department early Wednesday morning (February 21, 2018). The man was identified as Clifton C. Lovett, 38, of Alton. Lovett was pronounced dead in the emergency department of Gateway...
ALTON - It was a warm August day in 2000 and Harold Wadlow Jr., the last surviving brother of the Alton Giant Robert Wadlow, was headed to his statue for an interview for the book, “Boy Giant.” As the norm, several people had congregated at the statue. When Harold Jr. arrived, two nuns...
ALTON - Robert Wadlow was a typical Alton teenager, except for one thing - his enormous size. Some may not know this, but Robert Wadlow was the world’s tallest Boy Scout ever. He loved scouting, the outdoors, camping and Scout activities. He was 7-foot-4, 272 pounds when he took Tenderfoot...
ALTON - One of Robert Wadlow's closest friends in high school was Thomas Griesbaum. Thomas was the shortest person at that time at Alton High School at 4-foot-10 inches and Robert towered over him at 8-foot-plus tall. Griesbaum’s favorite story about Robert Wadlow involved sitting by his...
SEE CELEBRATING 100 YEARS OF ROBERT WADLOW VIDEO BELOW: ALTON - Brighton’s Joe Moran has always had an infatuation for learning about Robert Wadlow through school and he decided before the Gentle Giant’s 100th birthday to put together a video remembering him. Moran, who is the...
ALTON - The past month or so I have been besieged with requests to talk about Robert Wadlow because of my book “Boy Giant.” "Boy Giant" was released in October 2003. Those who know me, know I shy away from attention, but I felt it necessary to speak about Robert from what I learned in...
ALTON - A motorist crashed into new oversized poles that had just been installed in the 2300 block of Alby in Alton Wednesday night, just south of Boynton. The accident caused a loss of power for some. The driver of the vehicle refused medical treatment at the scene. ...
Robert Wadlow Height, Weight Birth to Death Birth - Height, no record, weight 8.5 pounds Six months - Height, no record, weight, 30 pounds Age 1 - Height, no record, weight, 45 pounds. Age 1.5 - Height, no record, weight 67 pounds. Age 5 - Height, 5-4, weight 105 pounds Age 8 - Height, 6-0,...
ALTON - Paulene Robin, now 94, has a Robert Wadlow story she hasn’t shared in a public forum until today, his 100th birthday. Paulene, now a resident of Methodist Village, owned Paulene’s Dress Shops in Alton Plaza and Monticello Plaza in Godfrey in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. A beautiful...
SEE THE EXPLORE THE RIVERBEND ROBERT WADLOW VIDEO: ALTON - Throughout the Alton area, there will be several birthday cakes with candles lit in celebration of Robert Wadlow’s 100th birthday, today, Feb. 22, 2018. Robert was born on Feb. 22, 1918. It is likely the legendary Wadlow statue...
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