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    Bob Paris Was Mr. Universe

    [FONT=Times New Roman]Bob Paris Was Mr. Universe
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    [FONT=Times New Roman]Bob Paris, former Mr. Universe was born on December 14, 1959 in Columbus, Indiana. As an avid personality he has successfully fulfilled his roles as body builder, writer, actor, speaker and civil rights activist.


    [FONT=Times New Roman]Career: Body building[/FONT]
    [FONT=Times New Roman]Paris started body-building while he was [/FONT][FONT=Times New Roman]studying[/FONT][FONT=Times New Roman] at Indiana State University. That is when he participated in [/FONT][FONT=Times New Roman]his[/FONT][FONT=Times New Roman] first body-building competition, The Mr. ISU, however, he could not [/FONT][FONT=Times New Roman]reach[/FONT][FONT=Times New Roman] top place in the event. At the age of 19 years he bagged second place in [/FONT][FONT=Times New Roman]the [/FONT][FONT=Times New Roman]Mr. Teen Florida contest. Soon after, he had to make his own living out of his father’s house. He joined with a friend of his to move to California. Thereon, Bob lived in Santa Monica, the bodybuilding hub. He started working in Orange County for his living and soon started training for professional bodybuilding.[/FONT]
    [FONT=Times New Roman]His two years in Los Angeles was a great period when he won the Mr. Los Angeles title, California Muscle Classic and Mr. Southern California title. Bob participated in light-heavyweight class in these events. [/FONT]
    [FONT=Times New Roman]In 1983 he won NPC National Championships under heavyweight class and overall. And in World Championships, he stood first in heavyweight class and overall. He retired from official bodybuilding competitions in the year 1985 but returned back in 2 years. Finally he announced his retirement in the year 1991.[/FONT]
    [FONT=Times New Roman]Bob showcased his bodybuilding abilities in [/FONT][FONT=Times New Roman]the [/FONT][FONT=Times New Roman]IFBB Mr. Olympia contest too. He stood 7[/FONT][FONT=Times New Roman]th[/FONT][FONT=Times New Roman] in 1984 Mr. Olympia contest held in New York City. In the year 1985 he came back from his retirement and participated in IFBB Mr. Olympia contest in Belgium and stood 9[/FONT][FONT=Times New Roman]th[/FONT][FONT=Times New Roman] position. He continued to participate in Me. Olympia contests in year 1988, 1989, and 1991 and stood at 10[/FONT][FONT=Times New Roman]th[/FONT][FONT=Times New Roman], 14[/FONT][FONT=Times New Roman]th[/FONT][FONT=Times New Roman] and 12[/FONT][FONT=Times New Roman]th[/FONT][FONT=Times New Roman] positions respectively.[/FONT]
    [FONT=Times New Roman]He participated in other bodybuilding events hosted by IFBB and held leading positions in the competitions. In 1988, he bagged 3[/FONT][FONT=Times New Roman]rd[/FONT][FONT=Times New Roman] place in IFBB Niagara Falls Grand Prix, IFBB night of Champions and IFBB Italian Grand Prix, and 4[/FONT][FONT=Times New Roman]th[/FONT][FONT=Times New Roman] place in IFBB Spanish Grand Prix. In 1989, he won third position in IFBB World Professional Championship that was held in Surfers Paradise, Australia. In the same year, he participated in Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic in Ohio and succeeded to reach the fifth position. In the IFBB Montreal Grand Prix contest he stood 3[/FONT][FONT=Times New Roman]rd[/FONT][FONT=Times New Roman] in Montreal, Quebec.[/FONT]
    [FONT=Times New Roman]Bob Paris was a great speaker. He fought for the rights of athletes and boldly spoke to bring about legitimacy of drug testing in the sport.[/FONT]

    [FONT=Times New Roman]Personal life: [/FONT]
    [FONT=Times New Roman]The birth name of Bob is Robert Clark Paris. He was second child among the five siblings. The childhood of Bob does not provide evidence of happiness as his parents divorced twice in his teenage. Thereon, he lived with his father until he was thrown out of house at the age of 19 years. [/FONT]
    [FONT=Times New Roman]Bob was born with great talents. He was an all rounder since childhood. As a theatrical artist and strong athlete he excelled in several competitions held in school. When he stepped into high school he performed in the shows- the musicals, How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying and Pajama Game. He was an avid speaker and made his way as a member of International Thespian Society.[/FONT]
    [FONT=Times New Roman]His creativity and skills in drawing and painting won him National Scholastic Awards as a young man. He showed the writing capabilities by writing short stories whenever he found leisure. He was also involved actively in debate team and theatre group. As an athlete he enjoyed a hike (also backpacking) in the woods of Indiana Hoosier National Forest. Besides, Bob was a dedicated bicyclist and an adventure biker.[/FONT]
    [FONT=Times New Roman]Bob was a great outdoor player and was considered as a mascot in the high school football team. He showed interest in other outdoor games like golf and track events. He slowly drifted from the team games to concentrate on weight training and strength building. Pretty soon he was successful in gaining weight and strength that shoved him even more into the bodybuilding arena.[/FONT]
    [FONT=Times New Roman]After successfully completing his schooling he spent the summer in U. S Marine Corps boot camp held at Parris Island, South Columbia. He then continued his higher studies in Indiana State University and Indiana University, Bloomington. [/FONT]
    [FONT=Times New Roman]Paris was the man who declared being gay when he was in the peak of his career. He enjoyed the courtship of Rod Jackson and fulfilled the commitment with a ceremony in the year 1989 in a Unitarian Church. Together they made several appearances in newspapers and magazine and appeared in programs in television and radio. They also lectured on LGBT rights and fought for the same. However, in 1995, they departed.[/FONT]
    [FONT=Times New Roman]Bob got married to his now wife Brian LeFurgey in 2003 after living together since 1996. He is now residing in Island of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.


    [FONT=Times New Roman]Other interests: [/FONT]
    [FONT=Times New Roman]Bob Paris was highly interested in acting and theater. He enrolled at Stella Adler Conservatory for advanced theatre program. He also underwent coaching under Vincent Chase and Arthur Mendoza for added exposure. Bob has been involved in theatre productions that have been highly acclaimed. He became famous with his début in New York stage that was directed by Herbet Ross and Cole Porter Moss Hart. He was seen in television series, Defying Gravity that was aired in Fox Television.[/FONT]

    [FONT=Times New Roman]Bob’s Books: [/FONT]
    [FONT=Times New Roman]Paris also excelled as a writer. The fitness books he wrote has been widely read and highly appreciated. [/FONT]

    • [FONT=Times New Roman]Flawless: The 10-week total image method for transforming your physique published in 1993.[/FONT]
    • [FONT=Times New Roman]Beyond built: Bob Paris’ Guide to Achieving the Ultimate Look published in 1991[/FONT]
    • [FONT=Times New Roman]Natural fitness in 1996[/FONT]
    • [FONT=Times New Roman]Prime: The complete guide to being fit, looking good, feeling great- published in 2002[/FONT]

    “[FONT=Times New Roman]Gorilla Suit: My Adventures in Bodybuilding” published 1998 was a personal memoir. Bob also wrote on gay sensitivities in his book- generation Queer: A Gay Man’s Quest for Hope, Love, and Justice that was published in 1999. Presently he is working on Book- The Preservationist, and a TV drama. [/FONT]
    [FONT=Times New Roman]Few books about Bob Paris include photography books- Duo by Herb Ritts and Bob & Rod by Tom Bianchi.[/FONT]
    [FONT=Times New Roman]Bob Paris has lived his life as per his desires. He justified all his roles in the field of bodybuilding, books, sports, and acting. Given a chance, he would try to put in a lot in his life even more. The artist and athlete in Bob have been highly appreciated. Enjoying his retirement life after decades of bodybuilding and acting, he is continuing to write and act even now.

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    Re: Article: Bob Paris Was Mr. Universe

    Great article Rich!

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    Re: Article: Bob Paris Was Mr. Universe

    Few more pics of Bob Paris. Aesthetics at its best!

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