Chuck Walla Slim

Chuckawalla Slim posed in Papago Park with his colorful truck in the late 1920s. His photographic postcard was popular with tourists. Courtesy of Tempe History Museum. Chuckawalla Slim – Rockologist Writer: Jay Mark First it was the discovery of the old photograph. Then espying in the picture, “Chuckawalla Slim, Rockologist.” An intriguing snapshot with intriguing details. What was this peculiar …

Tempe & the World’s Fattest Man

Tempean Teodulo Valenzuela, the “World’s Fattest Man” appears at right with fellow sideshow attractions during his early circus days in California. Courtesy of Tempe History Museum. Tempe & the World’s Fattest Man ─ Parts 1 & 2 Writer: Jay Mark Tempe can take justifiable pride in the fact that it is a city of many superlatives ─ the only place …