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March 23, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
Arnold Schwarzenegger is mourning the death of fitness impresario Joe Weider, who died Saturday at 93, calling Weider his mentor and the "godfather of fitness. " "He taught us that through hard work and training we could all be champions," Schwarzenegger, a Mr. Universe- and Mr. Olympia-winning former bodybuilder turned actor and former California governor, said in a statement released Saturday. "When I was a young boy in Austria, his muscle magazines provided me with the inspiration and the blueprint to push myself beyond my limits and imagine a much bigger future," he said.
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March 13, 2014 | By Steve Chawkins
Larry Scott wasn't exactly a 98-pound weakling - he weighed in at 120 - but his life changed forever after he ran across a stack of bodybuilding magazines in an Idaho city dump. The scrawny 16-year-old started working out in private, doing lifts with a tractor axle. Within 10 years, he was Mr. Idaho, Mr. California, Mr. Pacific Coast, Mr. America and Mr. Universe. In 1965, he became the world's first Mr. Olympia, a title designed by promoter and publisher Joe Weider as bodybuilding's indisputably supreme honor.
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March 23, 2013 | By Megan Garvey, This post has been corrected. See below for details.
Joe Weider, who made millions from a fitness empire and mentored a young Austrian bodybuilder who went on to become a major movie star and governor of California, has died. Weider, 93, passed away Saturday of heart failure  at his home in Los Angeles, according to a news release. The multimillion-dollar publishing empire he built included Muscle and Fitness, Flex, Shape, and Men's Fitness magazines. His death was marked by his protege Arnold Schwarzenegger, who called Weider "the godfather of fitness.
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September 20, 2013 | By Jay Jones
Many of the world's top bodybuilders will be strutting their stuff Sept. 27 and 28  during one of the world's biggest fitness contents. Both men and women will be flexing bulging biceps, thunderous thighs and other body parts at Joe Weider's Olympia Fitness and Performance Expo , to be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center and the Orleans Arena . Before the start of the competition Friday, fans are invited to a free meet-and-greet event...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 23, 2013 | By Rebecca Trounson, Los Angeles Times
Joe Weider, a Los Angeles-based bodybuilding pioneer who created a multimillion-dollar fitness publishing empire and mentored a young Arnold Schwarzenegger from the time the future actor and California governor was a struggling unknown, died Saturday, a family spokeswoman said. He was 93. Weider, who discovered a teenage Schwarzenegger at a bodybuilding contest in Europe and sponsored the young Austrian's move to the U.S., died of heart failure at a Los Angeles hospital, said Charlotte Parker, his longtime publicist.
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March 2, 1989 | DAVID FERRELL, Times Staff Writer
From the moment he built his first crude barbells out of parts found in a junkyard more than 50 years ago, Joe Weider dreamed of power. He was 13, rail-thin, living in a gang-infested Montreal ghetto. Beaten up more than once, he feared traveling from one neighborhood to the next. Lifting weights, he hoped, would change all that. But Weider did not stop at building his biceps. Body building swept him up, he recalls now, "like a religious fervor."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 26, 2009 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
It's now the holiday season, so let's start this by being positive: Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver got it exactly right when they named filmmaker George Lucas to their California Hall of Fame. The writer-director-producer is best known for his "Star Wars" and "Indiana Jones" blockbusters. But for me, a fellow California native, Lucas' most remarkable and entertaining contribution was his breakthrough 1973 hit "American Graffiti." Here's a creative role model who grew up in small-town Modesto in the Central Valley -- cruisin', draggin', listening to Wolfman Jack -- and captured his and millions of California teens' night lives in a semi-autobiographical, iconic flick.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 2014 | By Steve Chawkins
Larry Scott wasn't exactly a 98-pound weakling - he weighed in at 120 - but his life changed forever after he ran across a stack of bodybuilding magazines in an Idaho city dump. The scrawny 16-year-old started working out in private, doing lifts with a tractor axle. Within 10 years, he was Mr. Idaho, Mr. California, Mr. Pacific Coast, Mr. America and Mr. Universe. In 1965, he became the world's first Mr. Olympia, a title designed by promoter and publisher Joe Weider as bodybuilding's indisputably supreme honor.
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January 19, 1988 | JAMES BATES, Times Staff Writer
Weider Health & Fitness, the privately held Woodland Hills publisher of fitness magazines founded by body builder Joe Weider, has bought Weslo Inc., one of the nation's largest makers of home exercise equipment. Neither Weider nor Weslo executives would disclose the price Weider paid for Weslo, which is based in Logan, Utah, and is expected to operate as a division of Weider Health. The sale was final Friday. A Weider spokesman would only say that Weslo has annual sales of more than $90 million.
NEWS
September 20, 2013 | By Jay Jones
Many of the world's top bodybuilders will be strutting their stuff Sept. 27 and 28  during one of the world's biggest fitness contents. Both men and women will be flexing bulging biceps, thunderous thighs and other body parts at Joe Weider's Olympia Fitness and Performance Expo , to be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center and the Orleans Arena . Before the start of the competition Friday, fans are invited to a free meet-and-greet event...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 23, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
Arnold Schwarzenegger is mourning the death of fitness impresario Joe Weider, who died Saturday at 93, calling Weider his mentor and the "godfather of fitness. " "He taught us that through hard work and training we could all be champions," Schwarzenegger, a Mr. Universe- and Mr. Olympia-winning former bodybuilder turned actor and former California governor, said in a statement released Saturday. "When I was a young boy in Austria, his muscle magazines provided me with the inspiration and the blueprint to push myself beyond my limits and imagine a much bigger future," he said.
NEWS
March 23, 2013 | By Megan Garvey, This post has been corrected. See below for details.
Joe Weider, who made millions from a fitness empire and mentored a young Austrian bodybuilder who went on to become a major movie star and governor of California, has died. Weider, 93, passed away Saturday of heart failure  at his home in Los Angeles, according to a news release. The multimillion-dollar publishing empire he built included Muscle and Fitness, Flex, Shape, and Men's Fitness magazines. His death was marked by his protege Arnold Schwarzenegger, who called Weider "the godfather of fitness.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 23, 2013 | By Rebecca Trounson, Los Angeles Times
Joe Weider, a Los Angeles-based bodybuilding pioneer who created a multimillion-dollar fitness publishing empire and mentored a young Arnold Schwarzenegger from the time the future actor and California governor was a struggling unknown, died Saturday, a family spokeswoman said. He was 93. Weider, who discovered a teenage Schwarzenegger at a bodybuilding contest in Europe and sponsored the young Austrian's move to the U.S., died of heart failure at a Los Angeles hospital, said Charlotte Parker, his longtime publicist.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 26, 2009 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
It's now the holiday season, so let's start this by being positive: Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver got it exactly right when they named filmmaker George Lucas to their California Hall of Fame. The writer-director-producer is best known for his "Star Wars" and "Indiana Jones" blockbusters. But for me, a fellow California native, Lucas' most remarkable and entertaining contribution was his breakthrough 1973 hit "American Graffiti." Here's a creative role model who grew up in small-town Modesto in the Central Valley -- cruisin', draggin', listening to Wolfman Jack -- and captured his and millions of California teens' night lives in a semi-autobiographical, iconic flick.
BUSINESS
March 8, 2005 | Melinda Fulmer, Times Staff Writer
Did the godfather of muscle magazines use a body double? A former Mr. Universe, Robby Robinson, has filed a lawsuit claiming that Joe Weider is passing off Robinson's spectacularly beefy body as his own in the corporate logo for the Weider publishing and sales empire.
NEWS
March 2, 1989 | DAVID FERRELL, Times Staff Writer
From the moment he built his first crude barbells out of parts found in a junkyard more than 50 years ago, Joe Weider dreamed of power. He was 13, rail-thin, living in a gang-infested Montreal ghetto. Beaten up more than once, he feared traveling from one neighborhood to the next. Lifting weights, he hoped, would change all that. But Weider did not stop at building his biceps. Body building swept him up, he recalls now, "like a religious fervor."
BUSINESS
March 8, 2005 | Melinda Fulmer, Times Staff Writer
Did the godfather of muscle magazines use a body double? A former Mr. Universe, Robby Robinson, has filed a lawsuit claiming that Joe Weider is passing off Robinson's spectacularly beefy body as his own in the corporate logo for the Weider publishing and sales empire.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 13, 1985
Spoken by Joe Weider, publisher/editor of Muscle & Fitness, to writer Francis X. Hale in an article in that magazine about Arnold Schwarzenegger: "Be sure and tell 'em that bodybuilding builds will and determination and perseverance--all the qualities you need for success in the movies and in life! Tell 'em that bodybuilding is what made Arnold what he is today. Look at him, he's a millionaire, he's a star! "
BUSINESS
January 19, 1988 | JAMES BATES, Times Staff Writer
Weider Health & Fitness, the privately held Woodland Hills publisher of fitness magazines founded by body builder Joe Weider, has bought Weslo Inc., one of the nation's largest makers of home exercise equipment. Neither Weider nor Weslo executives would disclose the price Weider paid for Weslo, which is based in Logan, Utah, and is expected to operate as a division of Weider Health. The sale was final Friday. A Weider spokesman would only say that Weslo has annual sales of more than $90 million.
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