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1963 History Question

In the summer of 1963, I spent 6 weeks in Venice, California, training at the outdoor “Muscle Beach” area. It was fantastic and I got to meet and watch many well-known bodybuilders and strength athletes. One guy really stood out. He was the most massive man I’ve ever seen and two or three times a week he would come walking down the beach with a quilt, with a cutout for his head, over his shoulders. He was friendly and usually had a smile on his face. His favorite exercise was the incline barbell press.

Who was this man?

Steve Marjania, Big Steve?

Correct. I’m impressed. Okay, try this one.

Who was the best-looking couple (man and woman) at Venice that summer? I only saw them twice (they weren’t regulars), but they were both lean, muscular, and tan.

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Was it Reg Lewis and his wife Shari?

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Right again. Reg won Weider’s Mr. America later that year and Sheri won Miss Americana. A while later, she started calling herself Silky.

I remember how great they looked together on the beach. She was the first woman I ever saw do dips in good form.

I asked Reg to show me how to do Sissy Squats and he gave me a superb demo.

Reg and Sheri had California golden tans. No one who I saw on the beach that year had better tans.

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:smile: thats awesome


Impressively done @Leash

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@Leash oh come on man haha jk well done

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