IFBB co-founder Ben Weider dies

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    Oct 26, 2008 3:35 PM GMT
    Not sure if this was noted in RJ earlier. Ben Weider, co-founder with his brother Joe of the International Federation of Body Builders (IFBB), died October 17. Under his direction the IFBB created the Mr. Olympia competition. His obit follows, and then an article about the Weider brothers' contributions to bodybuilding.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/21/sports/othersports/21weider.html?emr

    http://www.getbig.com/articles/faq-wdr.htm

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    Oct 26, 2008 7:30 PM GMT
    Ben Weider was an amazing individual. In addition to his most noted work in the field of Body Building, he was a world respected historian, scholar and writer on the Napoleonic Period. Ben was also nominated in 1984 for the Nobel Peace Prize.

    Quite a man, and what a loss to many of us.
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    Oct 26, 2008 11:48 PM GMT
    Wasnt Joe a raging homophobe? I havent heard anything about Ben.
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    Oct 27, 2008 10:13 AM GMT
    Ben seemed like a pretty cool guy. Though Joe was always better known, Ben seemed cool. They definitely were capitalists, and did their best to make the IFBB the one and only bodybuilding organization in the world, he still should be seen as one of the founders of modern bodybuilding along with Joe. They took it from a fringe sport of freaks and are both responsible for gyms now being in every neigborhood. I think Joe and Ben are really the reason that most people work out in gyms today. Before the Weiders and their magazines, very few people worked out. They did take a weird little thing like gyms and make them mainstream.
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    Oct 27, 2008 10:28 AM GMT
    Was Ben a raging homophobe? Maybe. Bodybuilding has always been strongly supported by gays. Most bodybuilders of old had gay patrons that supported them. No shit, suprise, suprise. I think that Joe and Ben tried to get away from that as they tried to seek greater acceptance of bodybuilding as a sport in and of it self. But hey, it is about the most homosexual sport there is. It is based on the worship of the male body (Women's bodybuilding aside which has never done well). The whole sport is about a man in a speedo standing on a stage flexing his muscle's for a mostly male audience. I always thought Ben and Joe might be Gay themselves anyway.

    But they did take an obscure sport to higher levels and made working out a way of life for most American's. In the fifties, there were about 100 gyms in the country. Now, there are 100 gyms in every city. The Weiders are primarily responsible for that.