arnold schwarzenegger - how it all began

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  1. 1. WELCOME 1
  2. 2. CONTENT 1! WELCOME 2! THAL NEAR GRAZ 3! THE FIRST COACH 4! GRAZ 5! STUTTGART 6! MUNICH 7! LONDON 8! HIKING TRAILS 9! MUSEUM THAL 10! MUSEUM HOTEL PARADIES 11! THE ARNIE-PAINTER 12! FOREVER 2
  3. 3. To produce an e-book about Arnold Schwarzeneg- ger is a major undertaking. When this project started to rst gain shape, the plan was to only de- scribe the museum, which is housed in Arnold's childhood home. After having taken all the neces- sary pictures, the new management of the museum prohibited me to publish these pictures. But because "quitting" is not a word that is part of my vocabulary, I extended my research and am now proud to present to you an e-book that docu- ments the many important stages of the young Ar- nold Schwarzenegger. Many contemporary witnesses have helped me and supplied me with material, advice and help in this project. This resulted in a compendium of Arnold Schwarzenegger's life "before the USA." In the past months I have had the chance to meet countless impressive people and to hear many stories about the greatest bodybuilder of all times. This e-book is not supposed to be a biography of the great Styrian. "How it all began" documents the years before Arnold's move to the United States. This e-book will help fans of Arnold Schwarzeneg- ger to retrace his steps in Austria, Germany and Great Britain. The pictures show a young Arnold with many of his friends and supporters. At this point I want to send warmest thanks to all friends, who supported me in the completion of this project. Rudolf J. Strutz! Photographer and Author HOW IT ALL BEGAN 3 Rudolf J. Strutz Photographer and Author
  4. 4. The greatest son of Thal near Graz and one of the great- est Austrians, Arnold Schwarzenegger, was born on July 30, 1947 in Graz. Today, his childhood home houses the Arnold Schwarzenegger Museum. THAL NEAR GRAZ 2
  5. 5. The village Thal is situated about 6 km west of Graz and is currently home to about 2,400 residents. The area re- mains pristine and natural, farmers cul- tivate the meadows, elds and forests, which make the area a popular destina- tion for people from Graz who are look- ing for some rest and recreation. But also many visitors from abroad nd their way to Thal to see the unique sights and attractions. The Lake Thalersee offers boating and shing in the summer and provides a dreamy ambiance for ice skaters in the winter. The golf course with its natu- rally designed 27-hole course and cross-country ski runs are other great attractions. These recreational offers are now an indispensable part of the leisure facilities on the out- skirts of Graz. Beautiful hiking trails, such as the Arnold Schwarzeneg- ger trail, that meander through our scenic coun- tryside, invite young and old relaxation seekers to open their hearts and minds. Nature lovers who enjoy biking tours will fall in love with the bike trails, leading from Graz to the Thalersee and all the way to the centre of the village. Gourmets are getting a special treat in Thal. Some local farms pro- duce delicious homemade meat-products and sausages as well as various pumpkin seed oils a regional specialty of Styria. The delica- cies can be bought directly at the farms. Of course the municipality of Thal also offers a very attractive social life to its residents and visitors. More than 20 active clubs and organi- zations cater to the villager's social, athletic, cultural and economic needs and contribute to the Thal's feeling of mutual respect and self- less service. The various clubs and organizations regularly host a broad variety of events and festivities, ranging from soap box derbies to concerts of the regional "Musikverein" or singing circles, to theater performances by the regionally popular laymen's performance group the "Stern-Thaler." The highlight of Thal's club life, however, is without a doubt the yearly Jacobian Street Fair (Jakobikirtag). This event is or- ganized by a group of members of the regional clubs and takes place in front of our beautiful parish church. Education is also an impor- tant topic in our village. The elementary school Thal currently teaches seven classes of students in four grades and even of- fers an after-school-care programme. A well trained team of teachers and staff lead the community Kinder- garten, which hosts three groups of children in the mornings and two in the afternoons. The Agricultural College Grottenhof-Hardt is known far beyond our municipal borders. I also want to point your attention to our "Volkshochschule" (similar to a community college), which pro- vides a broad variety of classes for adult education. Of course there are also many attractions which draw visitors to Thal. There is the famous parish church St. Jakob (remodeled by Prof. Ernst Fuchs) and the Ar- nold Schwarzeneg- ger Museum. The pri- vately owned Castle Oberthal and the ru- ins of the Thal for- tress are also well worth a visit. And don't forget to see the Steinberg obser- vatory. 5 The village Thal is situated about 6 km west of Graz and is currently home to about 2,400 residents. The area re mains pristine and natural, farmers cul tivate the meadows, elds and forests, which make the area a popular destina tion for people from Graz who are look ing for some rest and recreation. But also many visitors from abroad nd their way to Thal to see the unique sights and attractions. The Lake Thalersee offers boating and shing in the summer and provides a dreamy ambiance for ice skaters in the winter. The golf course with its natu rally designed 27-hole course and Education is also an impor tant topic in our village. The elementary school Thal currently teaches seven classes of students in four grades and even of fers an after-school-care programme. A well trained team of teachers and staff lead the community Kinder
  6. 6. The broad variety of activities by the municipality has increased the quality of life for Thal's residents tremendously. To connect the village to the public transportation network, a bus route was created in coop- eration with the Holding Graz, a local communal service provider. The social and health organization Gratkorn offers high-quality mobile home car, which allows elderly or sick residents to be able to be cared for in the privacy of their own home. This also ensures that caregiving relatives have medically trained professionals to support them. Well-planned residential construction by the municipality led to a small increase in population and is another reason for the high quality of life in our village. Protection of the environment is of crucial importance in our village, because we consider it our responsibility to retain our outstanding quality of life, not just for our own sake, but also for our children. One can see even on the street signs that we take this commitment very seriously: The signs inform that Thal is participating in the e5- Programme. For example, after switching the entire street lighting to more modern LED lamps, we were able to cut the system's energy and power requirement in half, which saves about seven tons of CO2 every year. In addition, the new LED lamps provide better lighting for Thal's streets, which subsequently led to a noticeable increase in traf- c safety in the village. The motto is: "See and be seen in better light- ing." Appropriate athletic offers for Thal's residents are an essential part of our munici- pal politics. In recent years, the village put spe- cial efforts towards the creation of a modern sports and leisure facility. Today, the two soccer elds, the beach volleyball eld, and the curling rank are a popular meeting point for Thalers of all ages, be it to participate in an athletic competition, or to simply enjoy the action as a spectator. Visitors and guests can enjoy the high quality of life, the broad variety of athletic and cultural offers in the village, and the beauty of the nature of Thal by checking into one of the various guesthouses, inns or B&Bs at and around Lake Thalersee. One of our most famous resi- dents of the village of Thal is denitely our honorary resident Arnold Schwarzenegger. Former mayor Peter Urdl initiated the remodeling of Arnold's childhood home into a museum, which today is one of the most popular sights in Thal, next to the parish church St. Jakob. Peter Schickhofer Mayor of Thal near Graz 6 Appropriate athletic offers for Thal's residents are an essential part of our munici pal politics. In recent years, the village put spe cial efforts towards the creation of a modern sports and leisure facility. Today, the two soccer elds, the beach volleyball
  7. 7. Kurt Marnul was born on May 30, 1929 in Graz. He is consid- ered to be the pioneer of the Austrian bodybuilding scene and was the rst coach of the most remarkable bodybuilder of all times: Arnold Schwarzenegger. THE FIRST COACH 3
  8. 8. In the year 1952, Kurt Marnul started his career in weightlifting. In 1958, he founded the Athletic Union in Graz. The training rooms were located below the grandstands of the sport stadium in Graz Liebenau. Athletes worked their muscles hard with simple exercise equipment. In 1961, Marnul was the rst man to become Mr. Austria and was able to defend it for four years in a row. Because of his muscular body, Kurt soon became an idol for many youngsters. The public response was tremendous and not long af- ter, many young talents came to the gym at the Athletic Union Graz to workout under the instructions of Mr. Austria. In the summer months, Marnul and his training partners often visited the area around the Thalersee. The young, well-trained bodybuilders were often the cause of amazement of other visitors. At this time, Willi Richter worked as a lifeguard at the Lake Thaler- see. In May 1961, he spoke to Marnul and drew his attention to the sons of the local police commander Gustav Schwarzenegger. When Kurt Marnul met the brothers Meinhard and Arnol

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