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The Ageless Black Prince


At 64 Robby Robinson is just as much a phenomenon today as he was in the late ’70s, when he dominated the pages of Muscle Builder/Power. In 1975, after his fifth-place finish at the Mr. America, Robby was talking about leaving bodybuilding. He was ready to move back to Florida, but he made a fateful stop along the way. Arnold was filming “Stay Hungry” in Alabama and had invited Robby to visit. I was standing next to Arnold when Robby arrived. Arnold immediately embraced him and started to tell Robby what he thought of his potential. Essentially, he thought that Robby could be Mr. Universe in two years and be competitive at the Olympia. Robby stayed in Alabama for some of the shooting and returned to California—and the rest is history.

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