Believe me, I really WANT Koehler to be 8 foot 2!!! Here are the issues I have with him being that height...
In fourteen years of research, I have not come across ONE SHRED of medical documentation on his case. Not one mention in a medical journal, not a single reference in an endocrinology textbook...nothing. There must be something out there...doctor's notes, an unpublished medical paper...something that will shed some light on his true height.
Now, I have no doubt that Koehler was eunuchoidal and continued to grow well into his adulthood, possibly to the age of forty. However, another issue I have is the claim of 8' 2" at a time when he clearly wasn't 8' 2". As I stated in a previous post, his height was ALWAYS listed as under 7 and a half feet during the period of his life BEFORE he became a public figure. Every press clipping, every plug for the Tall Club...NONE of them mention him as 8' 2" throughout the mid to late 1940s. Then, as he begins making public appearances for an automobile manufacturer called Hudson, demonstrating just how roomy this car is for the tall driver, he suddenly becomes 8' 2" and remains so for the rest of his life. Although photographic evidence from later in Koehler's life suggests that he might have flirted with the 7' 10" mark, I just cannot believe that he stood more than 7' 6" or so in the early 1950s. Also, is it merely a coincidence that he miraculously eventually stopped growing at the height he had been claiming as a young man?
I will query a few of my friends in the endocrinological profession here in Chicago to see if any of Koehler's medical records still exist. In the meantime, I will submit a pair of recently acquired photos, taken in 1951 and 1952, respectively, for your scrutiny. IN these photos, Koehler is in his mid twenties and seems to NOT be affected by spinal issues. In any case, it appears that he is standing rather straight...
- Koehler 1951.JPG (200.94 KiB) Viewed 2008 times