Body-building icon Ben Weider dies at 85

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  1. TunnelRat

    TunnelRat Active Member

    <div></div><div id="QUOTEHEAD">QUOTE</div><div id="QUOTE">Globe & Mail, MONTREAL — Ben Weider, a legend in the world of body building, died suddenly on Friday in a Montreal hospital.

    He was 85.</div>

    Best known for founding the International Federation of Body Building in 1940 with his brother Joe, he was also a businessman, a philanthropist and a scholar with a keen interest in Napoleonic history.

    Ben Weider Dies
  2. Lol

    Lol Super Moderator Staff Member

    The first weights I ever used were from a Weider set that my dad bought along with a cheap Weider bench. He had that set of Weider exercise wall charts that he pinned up on the spare room wall where he kept the weights. I remember those days with a fondness.

    I don't think BB became what Ben and Joe originally envisioned (or maybe it did!) but it certainly made them a lot of dosh. My biggest gripe with them is not that they turned a blind eye to the drug scene but that they made me think that what I saw in their M&F and Flex mags was obtainable through hard work and supps alone (I was young and stoopid); they ran a lot of pretty misleading supp ads over the years.
  3. EL_VIEJO

    EL_VIEJO New Member

    Thanks for the link, TR. Very interesting. I had no idea that Ben Weider did all those things.
  4. Joe.Muscle

    Joe.Muscle Active Member

    Does anyone know what happened to him?

    He was in great health about a month ago?
  5. colby2152

    colby2152 New Member

    He's Canadian, eh?
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