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Kevin Levrone from Flex May 2009:

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Ron Love from Flex July 2006:

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Lisa Lyon from Flex July 2000:

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Rachel McLish from Flex October 1999:

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Mohamed Makkawy from Flex November 2005:

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Mike Mentzer from Flex August 2002:

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Sergio Oliva from Flex June 1999: [please notice the weightlifting contest druing which he defected- many sources get this wrong]

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Danny Padilla from Flex March 2009:

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Great stuff, Joe.

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Danny Padilla from Flex March 2009:

It's good to see an old friend get some publicity.

I'd forgotten that I'd seen Danny win Mr. Syracuse in 1974. Coming back home Joe Fuster and I saw a peculiar stationary light in the sky.

Danny did well in the '73 & '74 AAU Mr. Americas. Many of the guys who placed ahead of him had friends among the judges. I think that's why Danny placed out of the money at AAU Mr. World.

I saw Danny win Mr. USA - the contest that put him on the map - & take second in his class at Mr. Universe in Montreal the next year. Had dinner with him the night before both contests. I watched Danny workout for the Mr. USA and even participated a little (donkey calf raises).

Danny thought he won his class at the 1975 Mr. Universe in South Africa. At the last minute the judges pulled him out of the contest - USA had too many entrants. Danny was filmed for "Pumping Iron" but that footage was never used to avoid embarassing the IFBB. When Arnold watched Franco pose - he was talking to Danny.

After the last contest I trained seriously for Danny told me "whatever it takes to win, you don't have it. you should workout for fun as a hobby and forget about contests". Best advice I ever received. 38 years ago.

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Reg Park from Flex March 1999 and February 2008:

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Bill Pearl from Flex April 1999:

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Danny Padilla from Flex March 2009:

It's good to see an old friend get some publicity.

I'd forgotten that I'd seen Danny win Mr. Syracuse in 1974. Coming back home Joe Fuster and I saw a peculiar stationary light in the sky.

Danny did well in the '73 & '74 AAU Mr. Americas. Many of the guys who placed ahead of him had friends among the judges. I think that's why Danny placed out of the money at AAU Mr. World.

I saw Danny win Mr. USA - the contest that put him on the map - & take second in his class at Mr. Universe in Montreal the next year. Had dinner with him the night before both contests. I watched Danny workout for the Mr. USA and even participated a little (donkey calf raises).

Danny thought he won his class at the 1975 Mr. Universe in South Africa. At the last minute the judges pulled him out of the contest - USA had too many entrants. Danny was filmed for "Pumping Iron" but that footage was never used to avoid embarassing the IFBB. When Arnold watched Franco pose - he was talking to Danny.

After the last contest I trained seriously for Danny told me "whatever it takes to win, you don't have it. you should workout for fun as a hobby and forget about contests". Best advice I ever received. 38 years ago.

Interesting info, Ed.

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Danny Padilla from Flex March 2009:

It's good to see an old friend get some publicity.

I'd forgotten that I'd seen Danny win Mr. Syracuse in 1974. Coming back home Joe Fuster and I saw a peculiar stationary light in the sky.

Danny did well in the '73 & '74 AAU Mr. Americas. Many of the guys who placed ahead of him had friends among the judges. I think that's why Danny placed out of the money at AAU Mr. World.

I saw Danny win Mr. USA - the contest that put him on the map - & take second in his class at Mr. Universe in Montreal the next year. Had dinner with him the night before both contests. I watched Danny workout for the Mr. USA and even participated a little (donkey calf raises).

Danny thought he won his class at the 1975 Mr. Universe in South Africa. At the last minute the judges pulled him out of the contest - USA had too many entrants. Danny was filmed for "Pumping Iron" but that footage was never used to avoid embarassing the IFBB. When Arnold watched Franco pose - he was talking to Danny.

After the last contest I trained seriously for Danny told me "whatever it takes to win, you don't have it. you should workout for fun as a hobby and forget about contests". Best advice I ever received. 38 years ago.

Interesting info, Ed.

I would not describe Danny as doing well at the 73 and 74 Mr. Americas. He was about midway down the roster of final placings in each case, so unless all those who placed ahead of him had friends who were judging...

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Tom Platz from Flex September 2003:

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Harold Poole from Flex November 2004:

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Shawn Ray from Flex July 2007:

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Steve Reeves from Flex February 1999: [Reeves died in May 2000]

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Clarence Ross from Flex March 2000: [Ross died in April 2008]

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Eugen Sandow from Flex February 2001, Factoids

and Sandow The Man, The Trophy, The Legend, co authored with Shawn Perine from Flex May 2004:

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Arthur Saxon from Flex September 2007:

Thomas Klose offers this: One small correction: The name of the city he died is Duisburg.

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Norbert Schemansky from Flex July 2007:

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Arnold Schwarzenegger from Flex July 2007 (some contests need to be compared with David New's updated list)

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Larry Scott from Flex May 1999. (Larry died March 08, 2014)

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Chuck Sipes from Flex July 2002:

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