We misplaced a historic determine within the bodybuilding world when Gene Mozee died in Santa Monica on July 4th, age 82, because of coronary heart illness. Gene had been in failing well being for fairly a while. However, fortunately, earlier than he handed, he went to his archives and retrieved a few of his most iconic photographs for me to scan and digitize.

A few of the finest had been of Arnold Schwarzenegger, whom Gene met after they had been each coaching at Vince Gironda’s fitness center proper after Joe Weider introduced Arnold to the U.S. and commenced selling him in Muscle Builder journal.

The legendary John Grimek mentioned Gene was “the primary and finest bodybuilding photojournalist.” In line with the Iron Guru web site, Vince Gironda, himself a legend, known as Gene a “strolling bodybuilding encyclopedia.” As a prolific sports activities photographer and author, Gene’s photographs represent a vivid report of the sooner days of recent bodybuilding.

Gene’s curiosity in bodybuilding began on the tender age of 16. His aim at the moment was to bulk up a slender 129-lb. body to play soccer. His curiosity in bodybuilding led him to change into a competitor, a photographer, and editor-in-chief of Muscle & Health journal.

Gene was the primary lifter to bench 400 lbs. with a two-second pause—at a body weight of solely 200 kilos. So, it’s comprehensible that his introduction to Arnold was by means of the bench press. Gene was figuring out at Vince’s Fitness center in Los Angeles in 1969 when Arnold started coaching there.

When Arnold first started coaching at Vince’s, Joe Weider, the grasp publicist, requested Gene keep watch over him. Good as he was, Arnold was new to the U.S. and the tradition of Los Angeles. Joe was involved that the fallacious type of folks may start to affect his new protégé.

Gene was “the correct individual on the proper place and time” when it got here to doing photographs of the most important stars of the Sixties and Seventies. His curiosity in bodybuilding developed and on the Mr. Los Angeles competitors, when an opportunity assembly with Ed Fury led him to start out coaching in earnest. Fury took younger Gene and his brother George below his wing to Muscle Seaside, the place they met champions like Steve Reeves, Malcomb Brenner, Armand Tanny, Marvin Eder, Dominick Juliano, Al Berman, Joe Sanceri and Zabo Koszewski.

As a aggressive bodybuilder, Gene gained a number of trophies and “Greatest Poser” at each occasion that held this subdivision.

Gene previously owned the Pasadena Fitness center. Throughout that interval, he helped prepare 12 bodybuilding title winners and a whole lot of athletes, together with corridor of famer David “Deacon” Jones of the Los Angeles Rams. The Pasadena Fitness center produced 5 straight California state weightlifting champion groups, and three state powerlifting championships.

Whereas attending the Los Angeles Faculty of Chiropractic, he was the editor of the school’s newspaper, the place he got here to the eye of Walt Marcyan, who provided him the job as editor-in-chief of Bodily Energy Journal. Accepting the place, Gene quickly realized that the journal wanted extra photographs to go together with the superb coaching articles primarily geared toward athletes. So, he started finding out images.

He started taking footage of his fitness center members, together with future champions Don Howorth, Gordon Wong, Alex Delianedis and Bernie Ernst. He then discovered muscle images from Wolf Schramm and Russ Warner. Peter Gowland, one of many nice glamour photographers again within the day, helped him with glamour images and Gene gained awards for his pictures of lovely ladies.

Truly, after I first started capturing photographs of match and fabulous females again within the Seventies, Gene had already been doing the identical factor for fairly some time. However it’s due to his bodybuilding photographs of nice champions like Arnold and Larry Scott that he’s finest remembered in the present day.

As he was growing his images abilities, Gene went to work within the film business for Paramount Studios, MGM and Warner Brothers within the photograph division for six years. With this in depth background, he’s had greater than 100 journal covers and 3000 pictures printed.

As a author, he wrote greater than 2,000 articles about bodybuilding and 20 coaching booklets for such superstars as Arnold , Larry Scott, and Franco Columbu.

He was the editor-in-chief for Joe Weider’s Muscle Builder Journal throughout Arnold’s peak aggressive years and his photographs and articles helped launch the careers of such legendary champions as Mike Mentzer, Robby Robinson, Denny Gable, Roger Callard, Bob Birdsong, and Dale Adrian.

On July 4th, 2001, Gene acquired the highly-coveted “Spirit of Muscle Seaside” award at Muscle Seaside, becoming a member of such legends as Steve Reeves, Vince Gironda, Joe Gold, Armand Tanny, Larry Scott, Dave Draper, George Eifferman Sharon Bruneau and Reg Lewis to call only a few.

Gene was additionally a senior author for Ironman for 12 years, and his sequence Mass From The Previous was a very fashionable function.

Gene Mozee, RIP and thanks for leaving us all of those terrific and historic photographs.