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Robby at the FitExpo—and Back in the Day

Well I am LMAO. Checking out my “bio” on the Los Angeles FitExpo list of guests who’ll be appearing at the IRON MAN booth this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, January 28 and 29, at the Los Angeles Convention Center, and I see that in the alphabetically listing Ruth comes right after Robby, as in Robby Robinson, a.k.a the Black Prince, bodybuilding legend. Back in the day before there were five different categories of women’s physique competitions, I used to cover men’s bodybuilding and interviewed many of the stars. My conversation with Robby was of my all-time favorites. I can’t recall what issue it was in, but suffice it to say, he was still competing and it was before there were five women’s physique sports on the schedule.

Also a favorite story is the the getting of that interview. We met at the Firehouse in Venice—my first ever visit. I arrived first, I think. Robbie and his wife arrived, and we got a table. She was very friendly, and he was very quiet, expressionless behind his dark shades, and I thought, Oh, chit! This is not going to go well.

Well, we ordered, and the tape recorder came out. Robby paused briefly, then off came the sunglasses, and on came the charm. The result was, as I said, one of my all-time favorite interviews.

Robby started his journey as an art student—did you know that? Meet him at the IRON MAN booth on Saturday, along with me and a slew of IM contributors. I’m looking forward to it.

I’m also looking forward to making the rounds at this growing-larger-every-year event. Hundreds of booths and activities are on the program, including the NPC IRON MAN Naturally on Saturday. Prejudging starts at 10 a.m.

See you there.

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