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Byline: Dennis Maffezzoli
SARASOTA -- Alan Ford could swim faster than Tarzan.
Ford grew up in Panama, and as a kid he would swim in the pools and rivers around his town. One day in the 1930s, when he was barely a teen, Johnny Weissmuller showed up to give a swimming clinic.
All of the kids gathered around him and gawked. Ford remembers timidly shaking Weissmuller's hand when the clinic was over.
At that time, Weissmuller was the greatest swimmer in the world and the owner of five Olympic gold medals.
"He was the greatest thing that ever came down the road," Ford said.
Who knew what would happen later? Weissmuller would go on …