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1  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Muscle Beach History - by Stuntmovie on: July 28, 2014, 06:24:58 PM
Yea, Prime! And the price of a movie ticket was a quarter.

And that included three different serials with nerve wracking endings, 12 cartoons, a couple of Our Gang shorts, and  if we were lucky ... one or two Three Stooges episodes.

Popcorn was a nickel a bag and was dispensed from a glass enclosed storage area where the popcorn was kept warm by a 50 watt light bulb.

The bags were small, but so were we .... so there were nio complaints.

Those old time theaters had a ticket seller in glassed in gage out front, a ticket taker in his ticket taker uniform, 2 or 5 kids behind the concession booth dispensing five cent Coca-Colas, and depending on the numb er of aisles inside ...... one or two Aisle Attendents dressed like those Herdy Gerdy monkeys you might have seen sometime during your lifetime.

And we'd scream and shout at the action on the screen and boo when the hero kissed the heroine, and throw popcorn three rows back and three rows forward just because no one gave a damn and no one in that dark auditorium where the 'flicker' flicked was over the age of 9 or 10.

And all this ... for only 25 cents!

Plus another 15 for the popcorn and the soda..

And before I forget to mention this  ..... If the film caught on fire or if the screen went dark for an unknown reason .... an usher would got on stage and keep us busy in our. attempt to catch the tossed  10 cent toys  that became available for such occasions.

ANd meanwhile ... there was a big war going on someplace far away so we had to keep the house lights dim once the sun went down.  I figured that some of the bad guys had landed on the beach a couple of blocks away and we didn't want them to know where we lived  .... so we turned off all the lights to make them think that no one was home.

And while Joe Demaggio played ball with his brothers at the park next door to the highly restricted military campground , we would dig holes under the fence just to prove that we could sneak inside no matter how many guards tried to stop us.

Even in war-time, kids can find ways to have fun.






2  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Muscle Beach History - by Stuntmovie on: July 28, 2014, 01:37:26 PM
YEA, MB! You mentioned that earlier, That's why I posted that photo.

10 cents!!!???

You got robbed! I only paid a nickel.

But my choices were limited ... Chocolate, strawberry, or vanilla.

And when coffee went from a nickel to a dime, I raised hell and gave up drinking but eventually I ended up in Starbucks.

They hate me there when I ask for the ten cent kind.

Do you recall gas at 18 cents a gallon?

Everything was so damn cheap ... you couldn't afford to be a bum.
3  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: 2014 NPC USA Championships - Videos and Info on: July 28, 2014, 11:52:01 AM
The ladies. A difficult task for the judges.

I always encourage the best of them to seek a Hollywood movie agent.

I'll make a separate post on this Hollywood movie agent 'stuff' when time allows as it appears to be a much overlooked or neglected subject.
4  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Muscle Beach History - by Stuntmovie on: July 28, 2014, 11:37:14 AM
Another interesting USA shot. Anyone know how they placed?
5  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: 2014 NPC USA Championships - Videos and Info on: July 28, 2014, 11:34:20 AM
TWINS ... Anyone know how they placed? Identical so it must have confused the judges a bit.
6  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Muscle Beach History - by Stuntmovie on: July 28, 2014, 11:01:49 AM
Miles away from Muscle Beach, but anyone recognize this shot?

Mentioned earlier, I think.
7  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Muscle Beach History - by Stuntmovie on: July 28, 2014, 10:21:02 AM
I have to finish something I mentioned earlier regarding this past weekend's USA CHampionship activities.

The term 'PROUD" may not be an accurate description of this encounter but here's the best I can describe what I saw/experienced.

In the past I've always considered IFBB Pros to be older competitors who spend a good number of very difficult years doing whatever it takes to win that Pro Card ... most of whom I've either met or worked with within the past 60 years or so.

(YEA! .....  That's 60!!)

I've always had a lot of respect for endurance athletes ,,,, and 'strength' athletes came in a very close second.[

Chesty Pulller once told me, "You have to run five miles with a 80 pound pack on your back and once uyou arrive .... you have to kill the enermy".

Those wern't his exact words, but they are pretty damn close.

At that time those words were important to me and they stuck like glue over my lifetime.

Endurance came first. ANd strength was secondary. Eventually uhe killing part became unimportant .

And muscle was only important if it complimented  either of the above ,,, endurance and strength.

So with the above hopefully understood .....   Last Saturday morning just prior to the  USA prejudging, we were gathered together waiting to file into the auditorium when 4 young 'kids' came walking through who appeared to be great endurance athletes.

They walked through the crowd ... young, neat, polite, and confident  (and maybe a little bit cocky ... but rightfully so) ..... each wearing a tank top with some advertising on the front.

As they passed you could see the back of those tank tops which said in big, bold, letters ....IFBB PRO.

I guess you'd have to be my age to understand and appreciate the significance of what I was seeing ..... In my mind it was the  transition of  the "old IFBB' into the "new IFBB".

The start of the "NEW BREED"' of IFBB contenders who would more than likely be instrumental  in forming the future  growth of bodybuilding, physique and fitness competitions.

It's possible that I witnessed another historical moment within the NPC/IFBB while many others around me simply continued to talk about what they had for breakfast or who was favored to win this year's USA.

That 's when I stopped discussing blueberry pancakes and stopped these brand new IfBB Pros  and asked them to line up for   these photos. (Possibly a Joe Rosenthal mopment! Look hum uo).

CHANGE is inewvitable ... and here it comes ... like it or not!

No need to fight it. It just happens.
8  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Muscle Beach History - by Stuntmovie on: July 28, 2014, 09:39:09 AM
I wouldn't be surprised if Bill was reading this or if someone was telling him about these great comments. Comments definitely well deserved.

I plan  ot make a call today in the hopes of getting an update.
9  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Muscle Beach History - by Stuntmovie on: July 27, 2014, 07:37:34 PM
OPPPS! I think I jumped in before thanking you guys for your latest contributions .

Or maybe I just forgot!
10  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: 2014 IFBB Nordic Pro - Info and Videos on: July 27, 2014, 07:28:37 PM
GETITON, Thanks! You said it will and even though I'm none of those individuals you have mentioned ... what you said is appreciated and factual based on many years of personal experience and observations.

Thanks again.
11  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Muscle Beach History - by Stuntmovie on: July 27, 2014, 06:35:07 PM
But first I gotta tell  you all this story before I forget. (It only happened at the USA yesterday so it's gonna be pretty damn accurate!).

Every once in a while I personally witness something happen within the bodybuilding world that makes me proud that I've played a very small part within it.

If I look back in time, this 'bodybuilding pride" initially started when I saw a contender win a trophy even though he was missing one leg from hip to toe.

It was the kind of 'proudness' that makes you cry a bit and do your best to hide from the others who are also trying to hide their semi-guarded  emotions.

And then it  was the day when a few of us volunteered to help some kids participate in the Special Olympics.

One physically hampered kid of 12 or there-abouts cried because he could not complete his 100 pound benchpress (maybe less).

So Keith (Only  Me)  got up (he was a judge) and sat beside this kid and started crying too and told the kid that he himself was crying because he was happy because he TRIED while many other never did.

That was a long remembered emotional moment among all who witnessed Keith's understanding and remedy that helped that kid overcome his humiliation.

And then it was the bald-headed girl who was a Cancer survivor who entered and did damn well in some NPC event many years ago.

Her contest photo was posted and some adverse remarks followed submitted by  some unknowing individuals.  (UNKNOWNING meaning that it was possible that THEY did not know or realize that this contestant had overcome a deadly illness and proved it could be done by being on that stage.) Another emotional episode within the world of competitive muscle.

And a picture is worth a thousand words (and in this case a hell of a lot more), so I'll just post this photo and leave those words up to you GetBiggers.

And before I forget . I gotta remember to tell you all what made me feel pretty damn proud just yesterday

It happened at the USA.

(Coming up)
12  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Muscle Beach History - by Stuntmovie on: July 27, 2014, 05:19:40 PM
WOW! I met Bill Smith once on one of the Universal sets a few years before he because famous in RICH MAN, POOR MAN ... if I am correctly remembering this old time 'stuff'.

Just before thqt TV program he had a major role in some movie tn which he played a real bad guy tring to do something bad to the real good guy on some delapidated  waterfront.

Again ... my memory is sliiping here  but within the last year or so I had some forgotten reason to make some phone calls to inquire about Bill's physical condition as I had heard that he was  then in a hopital somewhere within the Thousand Oaks area.

Word came back that he was indeed receiving medical treatment and that all seemed to be going well at that time.

I hope that he is doing well. I guess it's time for me to make another phone call  unless someone else can verify his physical condition.

Since we have gotten this far distant from Muscle Beach, I guess I can start telling stories about my days in Hollywood.

But "NO AUTOGRAPHS, please!"
13  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Muscle Beach History - by Stuntmovie on: July 27, 2014, 04:56:57 PM
DAMN!! If yu guys are gonna talk "old day, muscle stuff", I'll join in and do the same. But first I gotta take a break and find myb "old time, muscle stuff" baseball cap and dig out some old time "muscle stuff" memories.

Some of this stuff inside that hat I cannot tell ya, because some of those of time geezers whom have become public figures or just plain daddies or mommies (Bless 'em all!) have warned me that it could be certain death before the publicatin date if I wrote about some old time muscle stuff.

But that old time muscle stuff was not as career nor life threatening as some of the muscle "shit" that has been previously mentioned on this board.

So ....Stand by to stand by! (And when you read it, do you best not to fall alseep!"

It's the kind of shit your weight trained gran-daddy might have told you over the breakfast table while downing his first of many daily protein shakes.
14  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: 2014 NPC USA Championships - Videos and Info on: July 26, 2014, 06:51:22 AM
Sorry about the no-name nonsense
15  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: 2014 NPC USA Championships - Videos and Info on: July 26, 2014, 06:50:18 AM
Is the winner here in any of these shots?
16  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: 2014 NPC USA Championships - Videos and Info on: July 26, 2014, 06:48:23 AM
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17  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: 2014 NPC USA Championships - Videos and Info on: July 26, 2014, 06:46:34 AM
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18  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: 2014 NPC USA Championships - Videos and Info on: July 26, 2014, 06:45:16 AM
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19  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: 2014 NPC USA Championships - Videos and Info on: July 26, 2014, 06:44:00 AM
....Great haircut.
20  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: 2014 NPC USA Championships - Videos and Info on: July 26, 2014, 06:42:32 AM
MORE RANDOM UsA SHOTS
21  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: 2014 NPC USA Championships - Videos and Info on: July 26, 2014, 05:14:01 AM
Concentration
22  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: 2014 NPC USA Championships - Videos and Info on: July 26, 2014, 05:10:45 AM
Sorry but I don't know the names of the contenders.

Someone might want to fill in for my stupidity.
23  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: 2014 NPC USA Championships - Videos and Info on: July 26, 2014, 05:07:53 AM
The lighter weight classes were impressive this time out.
24  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: 2014 NPC USA Championships - Videos and Info on: July 26, 2014, 05:03:55 AM
GREESZ, I hope you don't mind if I post some shots of  some of the contestants.

These photos are submitted based on the quality of the photo itself and not  on the quality of the contestant in the photo (due to low battery power a lot of the shots were blurred.)

5:20 in the morning, I gotta get some sleep before heading back to shoot more blurry shotts and maybe a couple of good ones.

Lady shots to be posted tonite. A great line-up of great looking ladies.

I think that there are 824 contestants this year. POSSIBLY.
25  Getbig Main Boards / Gossip & Opinions / Re: Suffering - Being shredded is for those that want to be miserable on: July 25, 2014, 08:12:26 AM
SEV, Damn good improvement. Great job!

But best lesson learned ... I bet .... Is  the HARD WORK and SUFFERING you had to put up with in order to get into the physical condition you wanted to get into.

I've only read a couple of this topic's pages so this shot or one similar to it may have been  posted earlier.

It's a shot of Sergi Constance who has been dieting and training and "etc" for a good number of years now ... and is damn impressive as a result off his determination and dedication and a hell of a lot of 'suffering' (as I think you mentioned earlier).

Only someone such as yourself who has somewhat ...  "been there", "done that" can fully understand.

Not sure just yet but I believe SERGI will be 'graduating' from Physique competitions and enter Bodybuilding contests. To the best of my knowledge he is currently a Physique Pro. (And rightfully so.)

Anyway, CONGRATS to ya, SEV!
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