Muscular Development, Vol 2, No 10, Page 32, October 1965


IT WAS A GREAT DAY FOR THE SOUTH. Not only did Jerry Daniels of Chattanooga capture the crown but two other Tennesseans were in the first five. Third, fifth, sixth, eight, twelfth and fifteenth places went to Southerners! Chicago came in strong for second and fourth places.

Handsome Jerry Daniels has a 51½-inch chest; 32-inch waist and 19-inch biceps. He started training at the age of 17 at Dave Collier's Colonial Health Studio in Chattanooga. Four years later he won his first big contest - the Teen-age Mr. America.

Jerry takes a three-hour workout four times a week, doing his chest, shoulders and back on Tuesday and Saturdays; his legs and arms on Thursdays and Sundays. (His complete training routine was given in the August '65 issue of MD.)

He east four times a day favoring plenty of fruit and lean beef which he supplements with Hi-Proteen and Vitamin-Mineral tablets.

In 1962 Jerry was voted the Most Valuable Player award in the Chattanooga All-star football game. A good all-round athlete, he is well educated and well spoken.

In the big '65 America contest we expected that California would get a man in one of the first three places, perhaps two men, but the best position one of their native sons could make was seventh. We expected California men like Bill McArdle of Studio City, Von LaMon of Rosemead, John Corvello of San Jose or Ken McCord of San Leandro to make the first place battle a hectic one but it just didn't turn out that way. A Tennessean, one of the youngest men in the contest, took the coveted crown.

There were other upsets; Sergio Oliva, the muscular superman from Chicago who placed second in the Junior Mr. America, placed fourth. His winning the Most Muscular Man award however, was a foregone conclusion. There is no one who can compare with his massive musculature.

We thought that Dennis Tinerino of Brooklyn, third place man in the Juniors, who had been showing great promise, would be right up in the first five but he dropped to ninth place. Mike Ferraro of Buffalo, holder of the Mr. United States title, was another who found the going tough and was forced into tenth place.

The first ten men were: - Jerry Daniels, Chattanooga, Tenn., the winner - 2nd, Bob Gajda, Chicago, Ill. - 3rd, Randy Watson, Manchester, Tenn. - 4th, Sergio Oliva, Chicago, Ill. - 5th, Charles Estes, Nashville, Tenn. - 6th, John Gourgott, New Orleans, La. - 7th, Von LaMon, Pasadena, Cal. - 8th, Craig Whitehead, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas - 9th, Dennis Tinerino, Brooklyn, N. Y. - 10th, Mike Ferraro, Buffalo, N. Y.


- Jerry Daniels in his moment of victory. At left is third place winner, Randy Watson and right is Bob Gajda, second.

- 1965 MR. AMERICA, Jerry Daniels of Colonial Health Studios, Chattanooga, Tenn.

- MR. AMERICA RUNNERS-UP ... Bob Gajda, Chicago, Ill, 2nd; Randy Watson, Manchester, Tenn., 3rd; Sergio Oliva, Chicago, Ill., 4th; Charles Estes, Nashville, Tenn., 5th;

- An array of amazing studies of top contestants BEFORE they competed in the Mr. America contest. The photos were taken by Swan as they appeared for the interviews and had no opportunity to "pump up". Here you see some of the men exactly as they appeared before the interviewing judges. These photos are not in any sequence as the winner was not known. John Gourgott, New Orleans, La., 6th; Von LaMon, Pasadena, Cal., 7th; Mike Ferraro, Buffalo, N. Y.; Dennis Tinerino, Brooklyn, N. Y.; Lee Roy Saba, Oakland, Cal.; Ken McCord, San Leandro, Cal.; Bill McArdle, Studio City, Cal.; Nick Spano, Atlanta, Ga.

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