Recently, I was pen to paper and wrote about the famous golden age bodybuilder, Dave Draper, the “blonde slayer.” As of late, it feels like a decade ago where the pandemic separated then from now, but in reality, it has only been a few years.
The first article, related to the struggle, was published on elitefts.com in September 2018. The second article, End of an era? Posted on elitefts.com in December of 2019. Two different articles about one important person. Someone whose influence and influence on the sport of bodybuilding began in 1962 when he became Mr. New Jersey. Influence and influence continued until the end of the Golden Age, with the titles of Mr. America, Mr. Universe, and Mr. Universal being collected along the way. His influence and tangible influence lasted for nearly five more decades into 2019 through his films, appearances, books, and Iron Online newsletter. The Iron Online newsletter ran from 1999 through 2019 with an estimated 800 issues. As someone who writes for the elite, I can tell you that 800 issues is a massive amount of work, and that volume of writing is an embodiment of passion for all things weights and gymnastics.
If you are a true student of the iron lifestyle, someone who literally cannot imagine a life without weights and are not familiar with Mr. Around Dave Draper is the first step towards learning From Dave Draper.
Many students of the sport learn from Dave Draper through his books. His books are a collection of stories, experiences, life adventures, lessons, and personal notes laid out on paper (and audiobooks) that anyone with a passion for muscle, strength, and iron and steel will find. Although I’ve read books, I also have his audiobooks, where listening to his thoughts while you’re driving to the gym gives you more focus before training than the toughest rock or rap jingles you can hear through your car’s audio system.
In this so-called “modern” world of 15-second videos, 280 characters, quick audio clips, exciting bullet points, and short attention spans, Mr. Advice For the meaningless sound bites. The writings revealing the nature of ‘why’ one can raise versus the hanging fruits of ‘what’ one ought to raise.
A food for thought steeped in the authenticity and allure of personal experiences presented with clarity and precision, never drenched to sell the long-lasting lamp or the latest and greatest super-fashion widget you never knew you needed. Instead, Mr. Draper espoused philosophical ideas about what was true then, what was true now, what was true yesterday, and what will be true tomorrow and always… There are no secrets.
no secrets. You get out of it, what you put in it; Though it’s said in Dave Draper’s famously poetic writing style that brings deep common sense and honesty to his message of self-improvement through the world of weights, muscle, and strength.
On November 30, 2021, Mr. Draper passed away at the age of 79, as confirmed by his wife Larry Draper.
In a twenty-first century world where loud voices command attention but have nothing worth saying, Mr. Draper’s kind words have been and remain, to this day, deeply imbued with insight and steeped in meaning, value, and value.
During this time in history where the so-called gurus of the day are here today and gone later in the day, Mr. Draper leaves a legacy for the levitating world through his books, newsletters, Q&A, and timeless teachings. Timeless and valuable education based on experience for the mere desire to help others become better versions of themselves is the highest endeavour. A quest that most men won’t approach, when they inevitably take a “glimpse in the back view.”
Hope you enjoy having something to do with conflict and the end of an era? When they introduce you or perhaps re-introduce you to one of the faces of the golden age of Mount Rushmore, Dave Draper, the “blonde slinger.”
In closing, I would like to convey my deepest condolences and sympathy to Larry and the family and friends of Mr. Dave Draper.
Eric Maruscher is the owner of Monster Garage Gym. Co-founded by Phil Daniels, NFL Defensive End, Monster Garage Gym is a leading weightlifting gym in the United States. Eric is the captain of the Maroscher Powerlifting, two-time WPC World Powerlifting Champion, two-time APF National Powerlifting Champion, North American WPC Powerlifting Champion, and Illinois APF State Champion.