Friday, April 13, 2012

Muscle mag publisher Robert Kennedy dies

The eponymous founder of Robert Kennedy Publishing of Mississauga, which produces Oxygen and American Curves, has died of complications of skin cancer at the age of 74.
Kennedy, a lifelong bodybuilder, started in publishing by cutting-and-pasting  the first issue of Muscle Mag Inernational on his kitchen table in Brampton. It went on to become one of the premier bodybuilding magazines in the industry.
Kennedy launched a chain of fitness stores and a fitness clothing line, but eventually sold those to concentrate on book and magazine publishing. He then launched Oxygen, dedicated to women's fitness. Clean Eating, Reps! and American Curves.
Last month, Kennedy was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Arnold Classic in Ohio by former Califorian governor and famous bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger. The award is one of bodybuilding's highest honours.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Robert was a character. Never worked for him and I do understand he could be difficult but nevertheless he was a success story in Canadian publishing and one of the relative few who saw a market on both sides of the border. Like the late Stuart Morrison (CLB Media), who passed on last August, Bob was a Brit transplanted to Canada and showed the more timid amongst us how to haul some periodical publishing ass.

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