from Claudia Luther, Los Angeles Times |
Among Mr. Gold's devotees in the early days was bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger, who came to California in 1968, won the Mr. Universe title, became an action movie star and, in 2003, was elected California governor. Gold's Gym was famous as the place where Schwarzenegger trained and, when Mr. Gold opened World Gym on Main Street in nearby Santa Monica, Schwarzenegger followed.
''Joe Gold was a bodybuilding legend, a pioneer, but above all, deep in his heart, he was a bodybuilding fan," Schwarzenegger said in a statement Monday. The governor called Mr. Gold ''a trusted friend and father figure" who was instrumental in his training during his days as a bodybuilder.