• UW alum Bert Pound talks about his one-armed push-ups

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    Maybe you’ve seen him at a University of Washington football, or more likely on your Facebook page.

    Bert Pound, a proud UW alumni, does one-armed push-ups every time the Huskies score – and he’s 98-years-old.

    “For those who are lucky enough to reach the age of 98, I think you should just follow your heart and do what you want to do,” he told KIRO 7.

    Pound was part of the UW marching band that went to the 1937 Rose Bowl. At his Mercer Island home he has a photo of the band in 1936 – nearly 80 years ago – when he played the snare drum.

    Pound said the greatest joy in his life is being active in the Husky Alumni Band, of which he was a founding member in 1975.

    Pound started doing two-armed push-ups in 1977 after spotting the opposing team's drill team doing push-ups after touch downs. He switched to one-armed pushups in the 1980s after seeing a young woman cheerleader do one.

    “There have been pictures of me doing the push-ups on Facebook,” Pound said. “And that has caused a lot of comments by the different people on Facebook. Some of them say, ‘Those aren’t push-ups.’

    “I think they better try it themselves sometime and see how they do it."

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