I believe that when Reeves won the Mr.America '47 title he was challenged very strongly by a BB'er by the name of Eric Petersen (or a name close to that) and that Reeves won by a 1/2 a point. I've seen old pictures of Petersen(?) and he looked to be on par with Reeves (Reeves changed the spelling from his original last name..he said for the movies but some say for the number value of the letters). Another top BB'er about that time was a guy from Oakland (I believe) by the name of Jack Dillinger, some what on the short side but massive. And of course Grimek, in my view,who looked thick, muscular & powerful from any angle. Ever come across any of these gentlemen?
Reeves trained at Ed Yarricks gym in Oakland. I would bet that Dillinger did too. Jack Dillinger ran an exercise equipment store in Oakland until he died. I was there in the early 80's.
Other guys from Oakland were JackLalanne and Norman Marks. Marks had one of the very first 10,000 sq/ft gyms when he moved into the facility he is currentlyl at in 1982. Nice gym but no parking.
Winn Paris had gyms in the are also-in fact he had a chain that sold out to Family Fitness (of Nor Cal-seperate from So Cal FF), which sold hundreds/thousands of "lifetime" memberships and then folded. That was 1984-and after that the Cal. legislature then changed the gym business where you coud not sell lifetime memberships-and they also gave the right to cancel a membership within 3 days of purchase- if you wanted to (I did this once).