Back in 2007, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger declared Monday, July 9th, to be named “Joe Weider Day”. Here’s the official proclamation from the Governator. 

From the Office of the Governor:

PROCLAMATION by the Governor of the State of California

WHEREAS, Joe Weider has, for over sixty-five years, promoted a healthy bodybuilding and fitness lifestyle, his passion and vision becoming a force that changed the lives and bodies of millions of men and women worldwide; and

WHEREAS, Joe Weider started his publishing empire in 1940 with one small magazine that cost seven dollars to produce and from that base created an entire sport and a billion dollar industry; and

WHEREAS, Joe Weider is the founding publisher of Muscle & Fitness, Muscle & Fitness Hers, Shape, Mens Fitness and Flex, which are published in twenty-two languages and have taken his message of a fit and healthy lifestyle across the globe; and

WHEREAS, Joe Weider created the Mr. Olympia contest in 1965 and developed the sport of bodybuilding at the professional and amateur levels, by so doing giving competitors the opportunity to achieve their goals and celebrate their physical achievements; and

WHEREAS, Joe Weider has continually shared his good fortune with others by making charitable donations over the decades which have benefited children, students, seniors, law enforcement personnel, neighborhoods and cities; and

WHEREAS, Joe Weider established his publishing business in California in 1972 and brought jobs and prosperity to hundreds of citizens in the state; and

WHEREAS, Joe Weider and his wife Betty Weider serve as role models for empowering men and women to achieve their goals through loyalty to their beliefs, and mutual love and respect for each other through success and adversity;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER, Governor of the State of California, do hereby proclaim July 9, 2007, as “Joe Weider Day.”

IN WITNESS WHEREOF I have here unto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of California to be affixed this 11th day of June 2007.

Read more about Joe Weider’s amazing accomplishments and dedication to the industry in our tribute story, Joe Weider: Bodybuilding, Magazines, and Arnold Schwarzenegger