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6376  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: The Europa Super Show & EXPO on: June 30, 2006, 10:51:14 PM

Well - all I have heard in great things about Ed & Betty and their dedication to the sport. This sounds like a great weekend full of events! Should be fun!
6377  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Earn a pro card in wt classes but no wt classes in the pros?? wtf on: June 30, 2006, 10:46:29 PM
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Why do all pro qualifiers have the winners of the wt classes earn pro cards and then have no wt classes in the pro ranks?


At one time, I think 1977-1979, there were two classes in the pros, but many pro competitors have said that they want to compete against each other, not be restricted in a weight class in the pros. This lasted three years, if I remember correctly...

That being said, Larry Peper, host of muscleradio.com, had proposed setting up for the Mr. Olympia, three weight classes, with the top five in each weight classes, being able to compete at night in a single class. It was an interesting idea....

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I still can't fathom why the IFBB would allow convicted felons to compete as pros?

Well, football, baseball, basketball, boxing all of the same problems. Remember Mike Tyson...
6378  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Don Long Meltdown Rant on: June 30, 2006, 10:42:23 PM

For Don Long to go back and compete is dangerous, and I do agree with Bob on that. Don was given a second chance in a new start, he doesnt have to prove anything, and taking a chance just doesnt seem right.
6379  Getbig Bodybuilding Boards / Craig Titus & Kelly Ryan Discussions / Re: Craig writing a book - Kelly finds God! on: June 30, 2006, 01:55:20 PM


Ah - a special letter from Craig to be read on the air Julyh 10th on Pro Bodybuilding Radio, talking all about these special items plus a lot more, including what names he will name in the book, some stories, and events, and more, more, more. But out of courtesy to the radio show, all shall have to wait to hear the letter.
6380  Getbig Bodybuilding Boards / Craig Titus & Kelly Ryan Discussions / Re: Mandy Polk feels alone now... on: June 29, 2006, 11:14:34 PM
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no i am not being overly dramatic, that's crazy, my parents decided it wasn't important to see me, even when i offered to pay for their trip. i've been trying to get them to come out here for the past few months since i saw them at christmas, and i paid for and arranged that trip myself.  they do not want to


Sometimes life and times are tough, and it is hard. Already, things are improving for you, made sure of that, and you see there are friends and people there for you. I am sorry about your parent's, I think it sucks that they don't support you, at least in coming to the show. As I have said before in private, in you need anything, do not hesitate to ask.
6381  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Will "World" Harris - Out of Retirement on: June 28, 2006, 10:03:45 PM

Will Harris is training with a friend of mine. However, not sure if he has officially entered the Europa Super Show yet, or is just getting ready for an upcoming contest...
6382  Getbig Bodybuilding Boards / Craig Titus & Kelly Ryan Discussions / Re: Mandy Polk feels alone now... on: June 28, 2006, 07:03:26 PM

There are always people who care. And can help.

6383  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: PBW Radio: Ferrigno, Milos, Ben Weider on: June 28, 2006, 05:46:37 PM
Agreed - Lo Ferrigno should be very interesting, and we know that Dan will ask the most interesting question that everybody wants to know - why does Lou insist on collecting $20 from everyone when all they want to do is say hello and take a picture with him via their own cameras.

As for Milos Sarcev - he is going to be great. Milos always speaks his mind, and has had many experiences in the last few years that many people would like to hear about - such as his run ins with Shawn Ray and Steve Weinburger, his outspokeness on various topics, his ability to transform competitors into high quality physiques, and his own career of 60+ (I think) pro contests, and much more.

For Ben Weider - his obsession with Napolean, the stories of the beginnings of the IFBB and how he encountered racism, what he views of bodybuilding in this day and age, and if he hears about the criticism of the fans, the athletes, and what can we do to make bodybuilding better. Also, of course - what happened with Wayne DeMilia and Ben, since they had been friends for 25+ years.
6384  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Montreal Pro Classic 2006!!! 9-3-06 on: June 27, 2006, 11:05:28 PM

Latest poster for the pro figure and pro men's bodybuilding show - which is going strong!

http://www.getbig.com/news/contests/2006montreal.htm





6385  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Message Boards and the First Amendment: With Rick Collins - June 29th!!! on: June 27, 2006, 09:37:17 AM

This radio show is run by Larry Pepe - who now is a public figure, or is he? It is called muscleradio.com.   Bob Cicherillo and Dan Solomon run Pro Bodybuilding Radio, different internet radio show, and one of the first.

I will be on, going over some questions that I have regarding the message boards, and try to get the answers that a lot of us want to know from some experts.

And of course this is relevant, considering that while we all think we know the answers, this way we can get some definitive answers, or will we...

6386  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: July 17th - Pro Bodybuiling Weekly on: June 26, 2006, 07:05:10 PM

I think people will be quite surprised on how knowledgable and well spoken Milos is! Should be quite interesting listening to him...

6387  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Vyotech Title Sponsor for 2007 Ironman Pro on: June 25, 2006, 12:03:46 AM
Absolutely they should. The Mr. Olympia is the best bodybuilding event in the world. Especially when it is Las Vegas... simple as that.  Where else can you get a press conference, meet the athletes night, expos that are bodybuilding oriented, shows, seminars, and more.

And this is Vegas... where you can catch many other speciality shows on other nights, or just go listen to some music, have some fun, enjoy the city and a little mini vacation for a few days...

6388  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Vyotech Title Sponsor for 2007 Ironman Pro on: June 24, 2006, 09:13:47 PM
http://hardbodyentertainment.net/
6389  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Vyotech Title Sponsor for 2007 Ironman Pro on: June 23, 2006, 09:52:23 PM
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Any truth to the rumor that bsn and muscletech are bidding for the 2007 O?

Not that I know of - usually they start working on the 2007 O a few days after the 2006 O ends.  At the moment, everyone is working on this years' contest. As for title sponsor, I think last year it was Muscletech. This year, it is Hardbody Entertainment.

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Will the O be webcast this year?

It would be great if they do webcast the event. I am sure that it is perhaps in the works, given that Hardbody Entertainment produces DVDs and has some value in it. And of course, we all know that bb.com is more than happy to webcast it if all else goes awry.

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Did ya broach the age issue with Lonnie? I mean he's passed his sell-by date by now, surely.


Lonnie is probably more fit than I am.  The man is a college professor, teaching various health and other interesting classes at Pasadena City College, and has a journalism degree. And as for his knowledge of bodybuilding, he knows more than almost anyone in our industry, except for perhaps Peter McGough and Joe Roark. And lets all face it - isnt he the best emcee out there, with close to 300+ contests.



6390  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Vyotech Title Sponsor for 2007 Ironman Pro on: June 23, 2006, 05:34:28 PM
I had lunch with Lonnie Teper today at Chili's in Northridge, (he was kind enough to pick up the tab, as he did at the Cheesecake Factory after his Junior Cal show three weeks ago) and he told me that Vyotech has signed on as the Title Sponsor for the 2007 Ironman Pro show!

Lonnie also told me that thanks to Jim Manion, the IM will now be a top five qualifier for the Mr. Olympia. The Ironman will be entering its 18th year next February. It will be again in Pasadena (it's 4th year there), which the venue and town is great! (Unless it will rain again - rained 3 years in a row that weekend).

Lonnie also told me that Bodybuilding.com will also be producing the webcast, like they did last year, but with much better quality, sound and production.
6391  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Gamma-O doing great without Cook on: June 23, 2006, 12:54:53 AM
Interview with Chris Cook on various subjects...


http://www.getbig.com/iview/cook062106.htm






The president of Gammo-O said that you do not have a signed contract?

No - not only do I have a signed contract, but I also have a signed promissory note that that was faxed prior to the contract which was done it late September. Then everything was consummated around the 15th of October which was at the 2005 Olympia. At the Olympia, when I sat at their booth, they paid me my very first paycheck.



Muscular Development said that they do not have a contract with you? Is that true?

Muscular Development had the contract with Gammo-O. Gamma-O and I agreed that I will sell them my publication rights because at the time, I was with Weider, and in order to consummate my deal with Gamma-O, they wanted me to be with Muscular Development instead. So I agreed to the deal. Within the contract, I sold them my publication rights. In other words, they own my publications rights and they own me as the athlete for their company for a certain price, which by the way $130,000 guarantee, plus 5% of the company's growth, plus 2% company ownership, which I have in a contract. Regarding the magazine, Muscular Development and Gamma-O had an agreement in which they would give them $7,500 worth of free advertisement for the use of me being exclusive with MD. But MD also told them that in order to do that, they also have to pay an additional $7,500 a month for more advertising. $15,000 a month of advertising for half the price - not a bad deal, and I was included. Well, a few months later, Gammo-O got upset because they thought that MD was not giving them their extra $7,500 worth of free advertisement a month. So they stopped paying the other $7,500 that was agreed upon, so somewhere, it fell apart there.



$130,000??? Are you kidding me? Guaranteed a year???

Yes, and they paid me that monthly, every month, and I have the check stubs to prove it. What we did was the 5% of the company growth, was we had a deal that they pay me a little less on the monthly check and every quarter, they would pay me 5%, so it would end up being a little more every quarter, which was totally fine, because at the end of the year, I would end up with all of what was owed to me, which was perfectly fine to me.



So when MD said they had no choice but to terminate you, that is true?

First of all, MD didn't terminate me. The only termination that transcribed was that Gamma-O failed to pay me. They ran out of money. Gamma-O basically is almost bankrupt. The way the were spending money is almost ridiculous. For example, I had to meet them in Vegas to do a photo shoot six weeks at, and they asked us to meet them at a $200 a plate restaurant twice a day. It was unreal how much money was wasted. Plain and simple, they ran out of money. They started bouncing checks to me about three months before this happened, and finally, the beginning of April, I talked to them about it. They promised me that I would have my check guaranteed overnight by the 2nd of the month. When it didn't come in overnight as promised, I called again, and asked him where is my check, he said that we are not going to send you the money, because to make a long story short, we are out of money, and our investor is not willing to give us any more money unless we cut all our athletes?



They bounced your checks?

Oh yes, they bounced three checks on me, but they eventually got covered. They gave me some poor excuse that they are putting some money into a new account, so I just wrote that off, no big deal. But then they couldn't pay me in April. Later on, they sent me a letter that said we are not terminating our agreement with you, not due to your performance, but due to financial hardship with the company.



And you have this letter?

Yes, it is sitting at my lawyer's house, in a package.



Have you talked to John about this after it happened?

What happened was when that happened, they owed more other expenses. Because they told me to buy five pair of sweatsuits, tops and bottoms, and have them embroidered. Which is very expensive. And they also had me do my personal Chris Cook 'Blond Bomber' shirts also - they had me silkscreen Gamma-O on all of the sleeves on the shirts which I sell at various events. They told me they were going to pay for all of that, close to $4,000 in various expenses. They also owe me for expenses for the Ironman Pro, Arnold Classic and the San Francisco Pro show. After they told me that they weren't going to pay me my regular check in April, I asked them if they are at least going to send me the money for expenses? Well - I got into it with them and said I would sue them over the contract, so he said do what you gotta do, that since you want to do that, I won't send you any money for anything.



What is with your missing special DVD tapes?

I made a personal DVD video will getting ready for the New York show last year. I had the original at my home because it wasn't edited yet. Gamma-O wanted to use a clip of it to put on their screens for the 2006 Arnold Classic, so I sent them the tape. They utilized it, and used a clip, and they were supposed to send it back to me, but because they are pissed off on me because of the lawsuit, they are not sending it back. And that is my only copy.



But isn't there an ad stating that you have a contract with Gamma-O? Do you have a contract or not?

They are lying. Why would he even say I don't know. My lawyer has been working on putting this lawsuit together and he probably just found out I was serious about it. He is going to get sued via federal court because he is located in New York and I am located in California. Everything is in the works. My lawyer takes care of it.  I try not to bother with it at the moment. I have written off the money. But every day, my image is still on their website, which is a blatant violation - they are stealing my image. They say they don't have a contract with me anymore, yet my image is there on their website. These New York guys convinced some investors to give them money, and they are pissing it all away. I can say a lot about their products, their lab tests and what is going on, but it will all come out at the end. This sounds like they are jumping the gun, and covering their ass.



Ok, enough of this. How are you doing now?

Fine. Financially, I have not relied on bodybuilding to make a living. I have my own business, and I do well. I currently am not pursuing another contract at the moment, but I am open to talking to companies about it. I know that with how things turned out to be earlier this year that I won't be able to get the right price at the moment. I have had many covers in the last three years, perhaps more than only a handful of bodybuilders. But at the moment, everybody wants to put a price on my placings, which is fair, but the same people that talk shit right now know that if I bring myself into the right conditioning with my next shows, then I won't be beat.



So what happened at the 2006 Ironman, Arnold, San Francisco shows?

You have to look at the last three years. I did the USA's, I didn't win the overall, lost the overall to Richard Jones. Took that year, and fixed my body. Did the USA's again the following year, lost the overall to Mark Dugdale. I went straight from there to the Nationals. Basically, I had a few weeks off before I started to diet for the Nationals, worked with Chris Aceto, and won the Nationals in late November. From there, I took about a month off, then started dieting again because I was competing the following May. I was doing show after show after show, and my first pro show, I took 6th place at the New York Pro. I just was starting to show my potential and my ability. But the problem was that my body was getting to the point that I was just broken down. I decided after that to take care of family matters, so I didn't train heavy for five months after that. I let my body heal completely. After that, I started 12 weeks out from the Ironman Pro, and had to go from 235 pounds to about 265 pounds for the show. I just wasn't able to get my body ready to do these shows. That's all it was. Was it foolish? Maybe so, but I am still one of the younger competitors competing in the pros. It is all relevant to things right now.  I realize that if you want to be in the top, if you want to be Mr. Olympia, you are going to have to have a lot of sacrifices. You need to do things right, you need to stay healthy. The fact is, I will be ready next time. I am 285 pounds right now, and am not going to compete until next May. I am the biggest I have ever been at the moment, and will continue to grow. But I guarantee that when I show up, it will be a different Chris Cook. First, I will be rested, and second, I will do everything I gotta do to win those shows.


So what type of Chris Cook will be see next year?

My objective is to be on stage at around 260-265 pounds in the same conditioning or better because I will be more mature, and better than I was at Nationals!
6392  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: 2nd Annual Shawn Ray Pro Fitness Golf Invitational - July 14th on: June 22, 2006, 11:49:20 PM
Kevin actally can fire that ball pretty far out there. Now, only if it was straight.

Melvin Anthony's favorite word was yelling FORE all the time.
6393  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / 2nd Annual Shawn Ray Pro Fitness Golf Invitational - July 14th on: June 22, 2006, 10:00:12 PM
Friday, July 14th at Yorba Linda should be a fun event - watching and playing with some pro competitors golf - all for a good cause - CHOC - which some of us have already donated to. Here is more information on it...


More information here

http://www.getbig.com/news/2006-02/060620choc.htm
6394  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Cathy Priest will be back on: June 22, 2006, 02:32:30 PM


Cathy is great, plain and simple, and her as a female bodybuilder should be what many female competitors should attain to be. She looked great when she won the Ms. International lightweight a few years back. She will enter into the Atlantic show, qualify for the Ms. O, and hopefully, the judges will see what great symmetry and physique she has.

http://www.getbig.com/pics/california/caljr2006/cathy.htm
6395  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Who pays the getbig.com Moderators on: June 22, 2006, 02:29:11 PM

Mindspin, You didnt do 8 hours yesterday and late also! Pay pay - I need 2 Power Crunch Triple Chocolate bars asap!

6396  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Who pays the getbig.com Moderators on: June 22, 2006, 02:04:24 PM
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I know getbig is popular and all that, but also I'm aware that all the moderators are busy maintaining this Board, since the site is free, how do these MODS get paid. just curious


Great question. Being a mod at Getbig, especially on some boards, requires full time status. Minimum requirements is 8 hours a day of your time, in various shifts throughout the day, the ability to get flamed, yelled out, called names, and at least a high school education. For certain boards, we require a college education, and other boards, experience is needed.

For instance, on the Sex Board, in order to be a mod, you must prove that you have had sex, and actually enjoy having sex. You either had to have made a porn movie, or wrote about your experiences with vibrators, or just been having sex for at least 15+ years.

For instance, on the Gossip & Opinions board, you need to like bodybuilding and the industry, and really want to see the sport to grow, and actually go to events and support them, and other causes. And really know what is going on in the industry before you just open your mouth claiming this and that without any proof.

For the X board, you just have to be insane.

As for getting paid, just the idea of being a mod here at Getbig should provide you with lots of satisfaction and excitement. What - they should pay me to be a mod here! Lets get real now! I accept all gift certificates for Chinese Restaurants featuring Orange Chicken specialities.
6397  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: BB Trading cards on: June 21, 2006, 09:29:56 PM
Ok - got a pack here, but not about to open them at the moment. They are from Star International, 1993, Boca Raton, Fl 33487. Made in the USA. They are the Inernational Federation of Bodybuilders trading cards. With the IFBB logo on them, the World's Best Bodybuilders. Each light green  pack contain 9 limited edition cards.

On the outside, they have Lee Labrada, Sandy Riddell, Achim Albrecht, Sonny Schmidt, Lenda Murray, Mike Matarazzo, Christian Duffy and more..
6398  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Gamma-O doing great without Cook on: June 21, 2006, 06:50:17 PM

Interview with Chris Cook on all of this coming out very, very soon. The truth shall come out.


6399  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Help Name Phil Heath's Debut DVD on: June 21, 2006, 06:11:42 PM
Phil Heath: The Gift from Denver...

Phil Heath: The Winning Streak Continues...

Phil Heath: The Road to the Perfect Physique

Phil Heath: Rookie of the Year

Phil Heath: Undefeated

Phil Heath: There can be only one

Phil Heath: Strive for Excellence

Phiil Heath: Action speaks louder than words

Phil Heath: The First Chapter of a Pro

Phil Heath: Episode One: A New Hope
6400  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: BB Trading cards on: June 21, 2006, 05:24:23 PM

I have two full sets of them - unopened. One day, I will open one box (36 packs in a box) and check them out. They were printed in 1993 via Star Cards. There are some famous names in it, including Mike Matarazzo, Lenda Murray, Lee Labrada, and many more... They look pretty good, but havent had the time to open them.

They have not made any others since then that I have seen...


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