Thank you, Joe. My first contact with bodybuilding was when I was 14. I picked up a Joe Weider fitness magazine in Germany with the 1980 Mr. Olympia contest coverage. I knew then that this is what I wanted to do with my life. I met Joe for the first time in the California headquarters where he signed me to a Weider contract back in 1999. I always was, and still am, proud to be a Weider athlete today.
I always looked up to the man that made it possible for many others and myself to live their dream of being a professional bodybuilder. You have helped change the lives of millions for the better and for that you will always be missed, and remembered as the Master Blaster.