Macfadden, Bernarr

Born: Aug 16, 1868 AD
Died: 1955 AD, at 87 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Businessmen

1868 - Born on August 16th near Mill Spring, Missouri. American physical culturist who, by sometimes eccentric means, spread the gospel of physical fitness and created a popular magazine empire.

1897 - Macfadden traveled to England where he collaborated with bicycle entrepreneur Hopton Hadley to market the wall-mounted muscle developer that he had created.

1898-1899 - With Hadley's support, Macfadden founded an early muscle magazine, Physical Development, and later an even more successful American version, Physical Culture.

1903 - Macfadden staged the first physique (bodybuilding) contest in America and fostered the emergence of physical culture's greatest icon, Charles Atlas.

1919-1924 - He published a wide variety of fictional romance magazines, including True Story, True Romances, and True Detective Mystery Magazine, to teach the lessons of life in story form.

1935 - His pulp publishing empire had a total of 35 million readers.

1955 - Died on October 12th in Jersey City, New Jersey.

         - Macfadden died a multimillionaire after refusing medical treatment for a digestive disorder.
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