WWE world champion Hunter Hearst Helmsly, aka "Triple H," has been a very good friend of ours. In spite of his mega-stardom, he's been a regular guest on Heavy Muscle Radio where he lent his insights on the Arnold Classic, wrestling and life in general. He even dropped in our Arnold wrap-up video backstage at the show to show his support and faith in what we're doing. During that same Arnold weekend he also appeared (for free) at the Species booth where he signed autographs and boldly wore a Species t-shirt.
ABC News called the other day wanting to interview me on the topic of anabolic steroids for its 20/20 news show with John Stossel. Stossel, a known Libertarian in the industry, was intrigued by the idea of doing a positive segment on anabolic steroid use in adult men after seeing the movie, Bigger, Stronger, Faster. The producer of the show asked if I knew another older guy in great shape and with tons of enthusiasm. After thinking for a whole 2 seconds, I called up Mr. G and explained to the producers that the two of us (with a combined age of exactly 100 years) were well-preserved examples of hormone replacement recipients. The plan was to fly me to New York City first thing Monday morning.....
August 4 saw Vince Taylor fly into Lynchburg, Virginia for yet another predictable defense of his Masters Olympia title. As four-time Masters Olympia winner and one of the most genetically gifted bodybuilders on the planet, there is little doubt that Vince considered this contest to be like another guest-posing for him; a guest-posing with a $10,000 paycheck. After all, Vince Taylor was the man that none other than 8-time Mr. Olympia Lee Haney named as his most likely successor.
June 24, 2001. Mountaineer Cup. Ed Coan strolls over to a group of metal folding chairs and plops down on a backward-facing chair. He rests his meaty forearms on the rounded chairback and drapes a towel over his shoulders. Surrounded by a group of friends and competitors representing the Chicago area Quad's Gyms, he is clearly the "alpha male" of his pack. Even if he were not considered the king of powerlifting, his easy smile and pleasant personality would still make him a popular figure.
A lot of you have been commenting on how much you enjoy the stories
from back in the old days at Venice Gold's and World Gyms. Since this
era interests some of you I thought it would be fitting to write a
little bit about the guy who started the whole shebang in Muscle Beach
during the 70s. Many of you know the name "Gold," as in Gold's gym;
but do you know Joe, the man?