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Author Topic: Bill Pettis - the worlds Biggest arms at 23.1/4 - died Tuesday  (Read 3271 times)
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« Reply #25 on: September 29, 2016, 06:32:33 PM »

25 replies in and no mention of Method 101 and the green t-shirt pic yet?

Come on boys, "git ya shit tagetha "
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« Reply #26 on: September 29, 2016, 07:21:55 PM »

Very sad story. I remember Bill well when I trained at World Gym Venice in the late 80's to mid '90s. Very nice guy. He used to sweep and keep up the place. Very sad how his life turned out. Seems he clung to that brief moment of glory and never moved past it. A shame.
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« Reply #27 on: September 29, 2016, 07:44:24 PM »

This is horrible news, Bill was a good friend of mine, we use to spend days hanging at Venice beach talking about working out and being big, it's sad to know I didn't get to see him since I moved from Cali, I will call the Venice beach office tomorrow and talk to my friends who work there at the rec center, you can search CSWOL and bill pettis and see a pic of bill and i from 2013-2014! Rest In Peace my friend! 😓
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« Reply #28 on: September 29, 2016, 07:52:41 PM »

Wow, so sorry to hear.

"His life was gentle, and the elements
So mixed in him that Nature might stand up
And say to all the world, 'This was a man.'"



A young Bill Pearl?
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« Reply #29 on: September 29, 2016, 07:54:36 PM »

Here is legit 60 cm arm (or 23 3/4 inches).
Smart enough not to flaunt self-appointed titles.
https://www.instagram.com/alexfedorovifbbpro/







Tape measurement is LOOSE (on the bottom of his tricep) and it reads 23 5/8" btw, not 23 3/4".
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« Reply #30 on: September 29, 2016, 07:55:12 PM »

CSWOL and Bill Pettis

https://goo.gl/images/qm9WQR
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« Reply #31 on: September 29, 2016, 07:58:38 PM »

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« Reply #32 on: September 29, 2016, 07:59:31 PM »

PIP legend

I was always very interested in this gentleman's life since reading the article by Davis. It came to a quiet end this Tuesday:

http://www.pennlive.com/news/2016/09/bill_pettis_bodybuilding_venic.html

Arnold looked scared/disgusted by him: #Invalid YouTube Link#
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« Reply #33 on: September 29, 2016, 08:52:55 PM »

Bill with Arnold and Tom Arnold

https://goo.gl/images/kHAXkn
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« Reply #34 on: September 30, 2016, 07:13:40 AM »

A young Bill Pearl?
                bill will be 86 years old this year born on oct 31 . 1930


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« Reply #35 on: September 30, 2016, 07:38:36 AM »

Oh my Goodrum (OMG!). That's Bill Pettis? Mea culpa. Sad, really. His gimmicky Venice Beach attire and garbled speech evoked the name 'Sambo Dragontooth' in my mind.
Funk is right. RIP. No one's life is lived in vain, even if it serves as a warning for others not to follow suit.

Gather Ye Biceps (or Εγκώμιο για Σάμπο)

Gather ye biceps while ye may, for Time is always hurried; but know that arms that flex today
Tomorrow will be buried.

The cannonball caps of expansive delts, the sweep of convex thighs, amount to little in one's life
If gained through hollow eyes

So lift those weights, and chase the pump, work to be a freak! but heed the cautionary tale of Sambo Dragontooth
Or you'll end up at Shit's Creek.


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« Reply #36 on: September 30, 2016, 08:11:28 AM »

Since he was homeless and pennyless, who pays for the funeral services in this cases?
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« Reply #37 on: September 30, 2016, 10:58:21 AM »

Billy and I were friends since the early 1990's. Saw him pretty much on a weekly basis I suppose.

-Hanging out at World Gym Venice (Abbott Kinney & Ocean Ave.)
-The Venice Beach weight pit
-Strolling the Venice Boardwalk
-Odds hours at Van Gough's Ear Restaurant

We always spoke. No, he didn't always seem to remember my name. He always fed stray homeless cats and made sure they a a dry place when the weather turned wet in Venice. PIP brother PIP. 
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« Reply #38 on: September 30, 2016, 03:11:38 PM »

Since he was homeless and pennyless, who pays for the funeral services in this cases?

Many homeless don't have funeral services. Hell I had an uncle who was supposedly worth a couple million and he didn't have a funeral service or even have his obituary put out to the public. He wanted it that way in his will. Many people from his past would have zero clue that he died. No trace of it to be found. A basically FU to the world...
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« Reply #39 on: October 01, 2016, 10:56:32 AM »

Saw him one year ago at venice beach. He was a sad sight. RIP
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« Reply #40 on: October 01, 2016, 12:04:40 PM »

Here is legit 60 cm arm (or 23 3/4 inches).
Smart enough not to flaunt self-appointed titles.
https://www.instagram.com/alexfedorovifbbpro/







that arm is holding fat tho. are we talking lean and shredded arms here or what? lol. i got mine up to 20 inches bloated as fuk on 250mg test a week...
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« Reply #41 on: October 01, 2016, 12:28:44 PM »

My condolences to all of Bill's friends as mentioned above.

I first met Bill on one very brief occasion when he was at the peak of his arm development. If I recall correctly it was at the Venice Beach Pit (do they still even call it the Pit any longer?).

And then just about every time I had the opportunity to visit The Pit, I'd see him sitting on one of the benches and simply say something like, "Howdy, Bill!" and he would 'Howdy' me back with a simple nod of his head.

Something is compelling to write the following ....

When people I know pass away, I always regret that I did not communicate with them on a more friendly basis, but I have been somewhat fortunate in making amends with individuals I often argued with before they passed away.

We'd shake hands while laughing at our past grievances and within a week or two a permanent departure would take place.

My past military experiences have taught me that people are basically good people regardless of what I think of them when they cause me a lot of grief and it's always good to let by-gones be by-gones before they move out to greener pastures.

I wish I had sat down beside Bill the last time I saw him sitting on that bench and shared some old time stories about the lifting game.

RIP, Bill Pettis

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« Reply #42 on: October 01, 2016, 01:15:37 PM »

TOMMY W., Did Bill ever 'fine dine' at the Rose Cafe or The German's?
I think I ran into him at one or the other, but I've never heard of Van Gough's Ear Restaurant  and  I thought I was an expert at all things Venice.

And The German's might have been before Bill's time in the Venice area.

I do think that we have many mutual acquaintances in common.



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