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July 03, 1960 Gary Stortino wins Mr. Nebraska.

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July 04, 1953 Dom Juliano wins Mr. Muscle Beach.

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Rudy Smith- inventor of the Smith Machine died July 05, 2010. Born July 31, 1925

Rudolph “Rudy” Smith

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Rudolph “Rudy” Smith

 

 
 

Health club entrepreneur and weight machine developer Rudolph “Rudy” Smith died at his Las Vegas home on July 5. He was 84.

Smith was born in Culver City on July 31, 1925. He was the son of Isaiah Smith and Sophia Teresa Dahl Smith, and the brother of Vivian and Thelma Smith.

In the 1940s when Smith was a teenager he worked at MGM Studios for a short period of time. In 1951, he went to work at a local Los Angeles health club, Vic Tanny's Gym. Smith later became the vice president and general manager of Vic Tanny's, which had become the largest chain in the country, at that time.

 

Smith met his wife Virginia in 1954 while working for Vic Tanny. They were married for 50 years, living and raising their family in Sherman Oaks and Malibu. Smith left the Tanny organization in 1962 to open his own club, the Sherman Oaks Health Club, which catered to top television and film stars.

Smith was asked in 1970 by his good friend Don Wildman, a Malibu resident, to run Holiday Spa Health Clubs, which became part of Health & Tennis Corp. (now Bally Total Fitness). Smith's touch made Holiday Spa Health Clubs the envy of the industry and was considered by many the most successful chain of health clubs in history.

After raising their family in Malibu, Smith and his wife in 1979 decided to make their home San Clemente. He enjoyed boogie boarding with his many friends and was nicknamed “T-Street Tarzan” for his award-winning Tarzan yell, as he rode the waves. Smith also enjoyed skiing in Utah and water-skiing at Lake Arrowhead.

After a brief one-year retirement, Smith and his partner Andy Palluck bought Las Vegas Athletic Clubs in 1991. Later, old partners and friends Wildman, Jerry Kahn and George Jaconetti became part of the team. The company transformed from a small local chain of health/racquetball clubs to a major place for working out in Las Vegas

Smith made countless contributions to the health club industry, but most notably was his development of the Smith Machine, which was originally conceived by his longtime friend Jack LaLanne. Smith continued to tweak and improve the device, and it became one of the world's most popular pieces of weight training equipment.

 

In 1996, Smith received the National Fitness Trade Journal's Lifetime Achievement Award. And in 2002, the International Health Racquet and Sportsclub Association granted Smith its highest honor, the Dale Dibble Distinguished Service Award.

The humble and colorful Smith considered his family the most important thing in his life and regarded them as his greatest success. He also enjoyed the people who worked for him and considered them part of his family. Smith's family and close friends knew him as “Poopah.” One of Smith's favorite sayings was, “In all of life, you are either striving to make yourself better or allowing yourself to get worse.”

Smith is survived by his children Todd (Kristi Owen), Ginny (Bret FitzGerald), Barbi (Randy Zamora) and Chad (Karene Kuhn) and grandchildren Aria, Eliana, Jessica Faith, Kali, Canon, Kamio and Carsen.

He will be buried with his wife Virginia, who died in 2006, in Corona Del Mar. A private service will take place for the family. A memorial Web site has been created for the couple at www.smithandvirginia.com

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Susan G. Komen for the Cure (Southern Nevada) or Augie's Quest to cure ALS.

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Joe Roark

July 06, 1974 Len Archambault won the tall class at the Mr. Vacationland contest.

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July 07, 2018 Terry Todd was taken off machines, and passed away. To write a book that stays known as a classic in the iron game is a remarkable achievement. His Inside Powerlifting is so considered. His work with the Stark Center in Austin, Texas, his other writings, his knowledge, and his handling of the Arnold Strongman competition as an organizer (something I did not forsee him being good at, but he proved me wrong) are all achievements which rank him at the top levels for a place in iron game history.

So, it has been a year since we lost one of the very best ever.

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Joe Roark

July 08, 2001 Walter Good died.

His brother Harry had passed in 1998. His brother Bill would die in 2007.

 

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john corlett
On 7/3/2019 at 7:06 PM, Joe Roark said:

July 04, 1953 Dom Juliano wins Mr. Muscle Beach.

Dom (left) with John Decola at last year's AOBS event.

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peter yates

Thanks John, two gentlemen still looking great.

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John McEneany
3 minutes ago, peter yates said:

Thanks John, two gentlemen still looking great.

DeCola in his late seventies.

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Bob Fett
35 minutes ago, Joe Roark said:

The "how" was never answered.

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2 hours ago, Bob Fett said:

The "how" was never answered.

Often, the how is not given.

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Joe Roark

July 10, 1960 3rd annual Marin County Weightlifters' Picnic and open Weightlifting competition annc SH 8-60 p 10

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July 11, 1908 Joe Mills, perhaps the least known great weightlifting coach of all time was born.

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james chaplic
54 minutes ago, Joe Roark said:

July 11, 1908 Joe Mills, perhaps the least known great weightlifting coach of all time was born.

Yes 

Trainer of legendary Olympic lifter Mark Cameron, And so many others, Powerlifting legend Fred Hatfield, Originally Trained the Olympic Lifts with Joe Mills... 

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john corlett
3 hours ago, Joe Roark said:

July 11, 1908 Joe Mills, perhaps the least known great weightlifting coach of all time was born.

Probably his most famous trainee was Bob Bednarski.

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Michael Murphy

Joe's 1st place medal for the 1942 Seniors.

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1 hour ago, Michael Murphy said:

Joe's 1st place medal for the 1942 Seniors.

1942 001.jpg

Is this in your collection?

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Jul 12, 1969 AAU Teen Mr. America MD 11-71 p 28

1. Bob Gallucci

2. Tom Muscolino

3. Scott Olsen

4. Vic Tanny Jr.                                         Judges:

5. Angelo Cuomo                                      Ralph Countryman

6. Casey Viator                                         Jerome Weis

7. David Ferradino                                   Peary Rader

8. Paul Carmondy                                   Joe Joseph

9. Mike May                                             Penny Bloodow

10. Marshall Muirhead                          Dennis Thatcher

11. Tom Mantia                                     Dick Bloodow

12. Allen Nickles

13. Charles Wilson

14. Craig Hattier

15. Terrence Wiencek

16. Rex Weaver

17. Phillip Ray Ellis

18. Mark Kroll

19. Daniel Scott

20. Mike Freeman

21. Greg Kallas

22. Elliot Zallayet

23. Howard Telega

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Michael Murphy

Joe:

I believe that I have all of Joe's medals.-michael

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Joe Roark
4 hours ago, Michael Murphy said:

Joe:

I believe that I have all of Joe's medals.-michael

How many would that be? Knowing how you respect Mills, this must be an honor for you!

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Michael Murphy

Joe:

One of Joe's lifters named Billy Cox had the medals in his possession. After Joe died I located Billy. At the time he was living in Warwick with an unlisted number. When I finally spoke with him he gave me the medals. I then gave them to Joe's sister, Winnie. She gave them to me along with the Bent Press medal that Joe won at Sig Klein's contest and the 1974 Jr. National Championship award. I haven't made a count on the total but it must be about thirty or so.-Michael

 

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Joe Roark

July 13, 1985 David Hawk won the NPC Men's USA in Las Vegas.

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July 14, 1907 Claude Barnholth born.

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john corlett
On 7/12/2019 at 5:27 PM, Joe Roark said:

July 13, 1985 David Hawk won the NPC Men's USA in Las Vegas.

Didn't Hawk defeat Dorian Yates in bodybuilding contest in 1985 or 1986? 

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