Opening Ceremony of Muscle and Grace

at the Joe and Betty Weider Museum of Physical Culture

July 21st, 2011

Photo credit Robert Gardner

UT President Bill Powers with Joe WeiderThis photo of Joe Weider and Arnold at a bodybuilding event in the mid 1970s hangs in the Weider MuseumWhat a gathering of celebrities . .  Standing (l-r)Larry Scott, Chris Dickerson, Mark Henry, Bill Pearl, Betty Weider, Lee Haney and Arnold Schwarzenegger.  Front Frank - Zane, Joe Weider and Boyer CoeThe Weider museum brochureTad McKeee of the Stark Foundation visits with MUSL TV personality Robb WellerStark Center director with three-time World's Strongest Man Bill KazmaierMr. Universe Boyer Coe, poses with David MillsJoe WeiderJim Lorimer, director of the Arnold Sports Festival helped plan the Weider Museum Opening Joe and betty Weider pose for the dozens of photographers in attendance in front of Joe's picture on the Wall of Physical Culture Icons. Highland Games athlete Bert Sorin and Arnold visited in the art galleryStark Center director Terry ToddPresident Bill Powers and his wife, Kim Heilbrun visit with Troy Menchofer and his wife Vickie. Terry Todd speaking to the assembled guestsPhoto of Arnold and Dave Draper in the Weider MuseumPresident Bill Powers speaks with Stark Center donor Troy Menchofer and his wife, VickieJan Todd, was master of ceremonies during the dinner partyJan Todd, Mark Henry and Joe and Betty WeiderEight-time Mr. Olympia Ronnie Coleman poses with wrestling star Mark Henry Dr. Ellington Darden (center) visits with Texas powerlifting pioneer Ronnie Ray (right)Dozens people personally thanked Joe Weider for all he's done to promote healthy living that eveningGovernor Schwarzenegger visits with Joel Parker.  David Webster and collector extraordinare Michael Murphy pose in front of ADavid Webster's photo on the Wall of Physical Culture Icons David P. Webster (dressed in kilt) travelled all the way from Scotland for the galaBodybuoilding legend Boyer Coe is interviewed by Robb Weller of Muscle TVJoe Weider shook many, many hands on this special evening. The largest jumbotron in Texas proclaimed our thanks to Joe and Betty WeiderJoe and Betty Weider pose with UT President Bill Powers, Stark Center director, Terry Todd, and WWE superstar Mark HenryUT Art professor Vincent Mariani visists with bodybuilding great Dave GoodinBill Powers with Joe and betty WeiderIn the art gallery, Arnold talked with several friends about interconnectedness of art and bodybuilding Bill Powers gave a wonderful talk in hoor of the Museum's formal openingDan Bullock at the openingArnold speaking 1Arnold Schwarzenegger speaking at the dinnerArnold Schwarzenegger and Stark Center director Jan Todd admire Volume 1 No. 1 of Your Physique, Joe  Weider's first magazineBill Kazmaier is interviewed by Robb Weller as he stands in front of the gigantic photo of himself in the Weider Museum. Arnold loved the large oil painting of the powerlifter done by Austin artist Bill Wiman.  Wiman donated the painting to the Stark Center in 2010Arnold during speechArnold SchwarzeneggerArnold Schwarzenegger visits with Joe Weider as (l-r) Chris Dickerson, Bill Pearl, Bett Weider and Bill Kazmaier look onArnold and his long-time friend Jim Lorimer discuss a painting in the Stark Center's lobby as Jan Todd look on Arnold at the receptionBill Kazmaier donated to the Weider Museum his first World's Strongest Man Trophy that evening.Austinite Daniel Hood examines the wall of icons that leads into the Weider MuseumArnold and Jan Todd talk about some of the artifacts on display in the reading room as Jim and Bob Lorimer look onRichard Sorin, founder of Sornex Equipment, stands in front of the large barbell he made that is now known as Sorin's MonsterA number of rare artifacts were on display during the gala including this set of springs which only David P. Webtser of Scotland has straightened to  full length.  Webster donated the set to the Center in 2010.  Arnold Speaking 2