Dave Draper used to be one of the top bodybuilders from the sixties. Born in Secaucus, New Jersey, in April 16, 1942, "The Blond Bomber"(as he will later be called) began his training when he was just 10 years old.
Though, at that time, bodybuilding wasn't an attraction for him: gymnastics, wrestling and swimming were by far, more attractive. Yet, due to the fact that he used to have an impressive muscular development, his trainers advised him to go for bodybuilding.
As a result, few years later, when Dave Draper was only 20 years old, he won the Mr. Jersey title.
At that time, the Weider brothers were running "Weider Barbell". Because they've been extremely impressed by Dave, they've offered him a job, with one major condition: he had to move to Santa Monica, California in order to
work for them.
3 years later after Mr. Jersey, he won the title of Mr. America, and right after that, in 1966, he has also won the Title of Mr. Universe.
As a consequence, and also, due to his body – one of the biggest, in those times -, he was invited to play in 2 movies. In 1966, he was offered a role in "Lord Love A Duck" and in 1977, he was given a main role in "Don't make waves".'
As his fame was rapidly growing up, Dave Draper thought that it would be a good idea if he had created his own gym. Therefore, "The Dungeon" has been created, gym that became nowadays the famous "Gold's Gym".
Now, even if Dave Draper was one of the Weider's favorites, he hasn't always competed for IFBB. For example, in 1970, he won the NABBA Mr. Universe title. Though, since then, Dave Draper has been loosing continuously popularity, even though he has tried lots of times, using different methods, to regain it.
Why is Dave Draper famous?
Dave Draper is famous because he used to be one important drug free American bodybuilder in the sixties. As well, because he won several pro bodybuilding contests, but also for promoting his whole life a drug free sport, Dave Draper deserves his place in the Bodybuilding Hall Of Fame.
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