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Walter Imahara (2023)

Behind the Glory



Genre: Interview

Place Covered: Natchitoches, Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2023-10-12

Duration: 00:13:00

Subjects: Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame | Sports | Weight lifting | University of Louisiana at Lafayette


  • Rollins, Lyn Host
  • Lecoq, Christopher Producer
  • Imahara, Walter Interviewee
  • Perrin, Warren Interviewee
  • Murry, Joseph Interviewee
  • Meltzer, David E. Interviewee


This episode of the series “Behind the Glory” from October 12, 2023, features Lyn Rollins’ interview with Walter Imahara, a 2023 inductee into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame. Imahara, a resident of Baton Rouge, was a championship weightlifter at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (ULL) and in national and international competitions. He discusses: his time in an internment camp for Japanese Americans during World War II; his weightlifting career at ULL; and his other weightlifting championships. This episode also includes a profile of Imahara’s career, including interviews with: Warren Perrin, ULL weightlifting from 1966-1969; Joseph Murry, ULL weightlifting from 1964-1968; and Dr. David E. Meltzer, a professor at Arizona State University and co-author of four books with Imahara.