was an IFBB show in 1972. Mr. America and Ms. Americana.
was the show where two men fell in love with the same
lady, and one of them engaged to someone else. These two
men were best friends, kind of like "twins"
where one was tall and majestic, while the other short
and stocky. Other than that, when they posed on the stage
in tandem, each magnificent muscle was exactly like that
of the twin.
was Kellie Everts first body building contest, and she
was excited. She was also interested in meeting Arnold
Schwarzenneger and Franco Columbu, the biggest stars of
this special world. She brought with her a magazine with
Franco on the cover for him to sign - by way of approach.
Arnold was sitting nearby, but Kellie didn't see him.
She bent down in front of a sitting Franco to show him
the magazine, and the next thing you know, Arnold turned
around and a picture was snapped with him looking at her
cleavage. This went into muscle magazines throughout the
world. (Later, Kellie saw a similar picture of Arnold
looking at the breasts of Racquel Welch...."a breast
man," she surmized....she also read a story about
Arnold being invited by a bunch of guys to dinner after
a show. Putting his arms around a bountiful blonde, Arnold
said, "We have UDDER things to do." Kellie laughed.)
Columbu, Kellie Everts & Arnold Schwarzeneggar
when the three met in 1972. This was the beginning
of a lot of heat and then a lot of wrath on Arnold's
part. After seeing this picture and a picture of
Arnold with Racquel Welch in the same scenario,
Kellie realized Arnold is a breast man.
of the men, it panned out later, were besotted with Kellie.
the moment, HER mind was on Franco, but that would soon
change. Arnold approached, and both standing there they
had a chat. He GLARED at a photographer NOT to take a
picture of them. Words passed that we shall not enter
here and the next thing you know, Arnold was leading Kellie
backstage to a darker and darker area, to what seemed
like a series of curtains to the end of the wall. Kellie
felt like she was taken over by a magnetic force; like
something that came from the sky with magnetic rays and
sucked you up into a UFO. SHE COULDN'T RESIST ARNOLD EVEN
IF SHE WANTED TO, AND THE NEXT THING YOU KNOW, THEY WERE
they got caught with their pants down, so to speak. Kellie's
back was against the wall, and Arnold facing her. A large
black bodybuilder appeared nearby, as if looking for something.
He was there for a second, and disappeared. Had he seen
them, she wondered? How embarrassing!....maybe he hadn't.
Arnold saw nothing. Within minutes, here comes the same
guy with Franco in tow, and Franco is saying,
I thought you were MY girlfriend!"
turned beet red as Kellie, completely befuddled, blurted
"OK....I can be the girlfriend of BOTH of you!"
in a loud voice, protested, "NO," and Kellie
from that moment, began to feel THE WRATH OF ARNOLD.
is remembered by Kellie of what came next, except they
all dispersed. Each one had things to do on stage - Kellie,
to show her body and win two trophies (In her career,
she won BEST BODY in the IFBB Ms Americana three times,
twice in New York and once in California, and this was
one of those nights plus 2nd place Ms Americana.) Arnold
and Franco were the stars of the show - their posing routine
next day Kellie had her date with Franco Columbu. She
wore a slinky, body hugging black dress, and they had
a snack at the Hofbrau Haus in Times Square. They then
went to the hotel the bodybuilders stayed.
the day before, Franco caught Arnold with his pants down
with Kellie. Now Arnold caught Franco with his pants down
with Kellie. No wonder Arnold didn't want to pose with
Kellie, sitting on her shoulders. (See image section)
everyone was dressed and leaving, Kellie learned that
Franco was a quirky guy. He - the strongest man in Italy
- asked her to carry one of his suitcases. He also thought
they could do an adagio act together where she could hold
him up instead of the other way around. They made another
date, but he broke it - for food. He called up saying
he and Arnold had a date with a lady who made REALLY GOOD
FOOD. Now Franco would feel the wrath of Kellie.
were still friends, but Kellie would never allow him to
make love to her again.
Columbu & Kellie Everts in 1973 New York City
at her sister's apartment. It was a messy triangle
which started with Arnold & Kellie, then Franco
& Kellie with Franco being the best friend of
Arnold. Did Arnold feel cuckolded?
was the opposite of Arnold in terms of personality.
He was a warm, cuddly Teddy Bear, sweet and kind.
Arnold was more like a jackhammer, his approach
like Atilla the Hun.
on the photos to see larger versions and Franco's
intimate inscriptions to Kellie. The inscription
on the left is in his native Italian, the right
my Kelly the nicest & most beautful angel on
this planet, all my love, Francesco Columbu"
1972 Kellie was 132 lbs. of curvy, lean, sensuous flesh
(on a 5'7" frame) and there were few men who did
not desire her.
then on Arnold was forever pissed and ice cold to Kellie,
while Franco, an easy-going guy, was always sweet. But
shenanigans and pranks were pulled on her over the years
- and after reading material on "The Austrian Oak"
like Wendy Leigh's ARNOLD, Kellie figured it had to be
him. One prank which was not mean but funny went like
1974 Dan Lurie payed Kellie's way to go to London, with
Boyer Coe and other stars, for the Mr Universe, Ms Bikini
competition. While there, a lot of things happened. Kellie
had a way of turning one opportunity into two or three,
and she did so in London. She alerted the British Press
of her forthcoming arrival, regarding the contest, and
that she was a preacher as well, and all that. They loved
it and were all over her and she was already in the paper
these contests are POLITICAL - we will have you know.
There is no objective fairness in any of them. Whoever
the promoters want to win, wins. They count the votes
whatever way they want. Sometimes those who deserve it
win. But sometimes there could be a few people worthy
of the trophy, and they have to make a decision who gets
it, and the decision is subjective and political.
are more than one ways to win. Kellie won with a
magnitude of publicity and a good attitude after
being awarded 5th place in this. She showed no disgust
at her low placing and insisted on having a good
a person has all the clout, even though he looks like
shit in the contest, he wins. (Kellie had become savvy
about contests. She'd been entering them for years, was
friends with promoters and judges, and had even put one
on herself in Hollywood - Ms Queen of Starlets....she
knew the score and "Babe," she said, you have
no idea what goes on behind "closed doors.")
Everts got a free ticket from Dan Lurie to
go to London for the Mr Universe, Ms Universe
Bikini. Come what may, she decided to make
full use of the trip. Before leaving she made
a personal visit to the British Press and
they faxed her story and photos ahead. When
she arrived, she was already in the British
News! Then shortly, a couple of gents visited
her in the hotel and took shots for News of
the World. Kellie told them about the bodybuilding
but also her mission. Little did she know,
that as she sat in a restaurant in London
at 4AM after the show and revelry, (with horny
Mr Universe "Hans" across the table)
she would spot her big picture and story announcing
that she would preach that morning at Hyde
Park! Yipes! Women, get thee to a bed!
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LONDON EVENING NEWS article featuring Kellie's
was a lot of anger in London in 1974. Boyer Coe (a true
gentleman who Kellie respected) had been winning every
year. He looked fantastic. But Chris Dickerson took it
away from Boyer and Boyer got so mad, he threw his second
place trophy in the garbage. When Kellie Everts came out
to pose, she almost got a standing ovation, but the judges
only gave her #5 out of eight! She laughed it off and
vowed to turn it into a success. In her mind, the contest
itself was a paid trip by Dan Lurie to learn something,
make observations, and drum up publicity. There are various
ways of winning. That minor contest is all but forgotten.
The English woman they gave the prize to got on no front
pages nor was she ever heard from again. All these contests
were STEPPING STONES for ambitious people who had a goal.
Kellie's goal was MISSION. Arnold's goal was fame and
fortune. You achieve success by MOVING ON.
was a dinner after the contest and Kellie sat at the table
talking with Chris Dickerson about opera. Chris is a handsome,
charming, African-American - who just happens to be an
OPERA SINGER. This went great with Kellie as she was an
opera fan and went to the Met all the time. (Metropolitan
Opera House, New York, mostly to see her beloved Franco
Corelli.) He told Kellie that the next time she'd see
him on the stage, he may be doing Rigoletto instead of
flexing muscles. He was truly remarkable that year and
many other years, and he kept winning contests including,
eventually, Mr Olympia. (His turn came up to win...patience,
patience, don't get mad or give up...keep trying.) Over
in London, every time Kellie saw Chris there were ten
men sitting around him, doting on every word he said.
We don't have that in the feminine world. Women are catty
and don't admire great women; they hate them as competition.
But there is a brotherhood with men that women should
take note of. In fellowship there is strength.
the funny story begins. Kellie got to know Albert Busek,
one of the best friends of Arnold, in London. He sat across
from her at dinner, banging the table with his fist, arguing
with an English guy about Arnold. The Englishman said
that Arnold had a flaw.
flaw!...what flaw!...Arnold is perfect!,"
mad Busek proclaimed.
Englishman volunteered, now feeling intimidated - as English
people are not demonstrative or violent. (The Englishman
was wrong. Arnold had had a problem with his calves in
the beginning, but he conquered it.)
Kellie told Albert that she was born in Germany. Mr. Busek
once again started banging his fists, yelling,
why don't you speak German!"
came a struggle. These guys were all plotting to go out
and do the town, and Kellie insisted on going. But Albert
didn't want her - for some reason. But Kellie wouldn't
take no for an answer, and more or less, just said she
was going and that was it. And so they took her. Later
she figured they were ashamed as they were going to all
the strip joints, and one of the men in the bodybuilding
show was up there butt naked doing some sort of act with
a naked lady. This didn't bother Kellie at all. In fact,
she went to the managers office and applied for a job,
and the manager said he was interested, but couldn't afford
her price. They were paying much less than $1,000. a week
at these clubs.
date was a handsome, huge blonde German with blue eyes,
who couldn't speak a word of English. He was one of the
guys in the Mr Universe contest and won an important trophy.
He was Albert's buddy. He was draped around Kellie all
night and kept kissing her. Kellie had a little trouble
relating to a guy who she could not speak with. (This
is a good argument for the universal language to be hand
signals...something all of us could be taught in school.)
doing the town, they went to breakfast about 4AM. Europe
has a way of seating people where strangers are lumped
together. As Kellie sat at breakfast with the German across
from her, an Englishman was at her left reading the world's
foremost newspaper: NEWS OF THE WORLD..9 MILLION CIRCULATION.
Something caught her eye. She turned her head left and
saw her own picture, a big one in a bikini, staring at
herself. Underneath it said,
EVERTS, A WOMAN WITH A 44" BUST AND A MISSION IN
LIFE, WILL BE PREACHING AT HYDE PARK THIS MORNING AT 11
AM, HOPING TO CONVERT SOME OF THE DON'T KNOWS TO GOD,
gasped. She had to GET TO BED IMMEDIATELY. When she told
reporters she was going to preach in Hyde Park, she didn't
think they'd take her seriously or announce the time!
She was just going to saunter over there and give a sermon
off the cuff to whoever was listening. (After she obtained
a SOAPBOX, for God's sake! from the basement of the hotel.)
That's what people did in Hyde Park. Now she had to get
some sleep (by the time she got to bed it was six and
had to be up by 9:30) and go out there! How could she
explain this to the German? She got up and gestured "time
to go", and somehow, he got the message. He followed
her to her room (bad idea) where she had a wrestling match
with Mr Hulk before he finally consented to leave. (He
listened because she kept saying, "tomorrow, tomorrow,"
and to him it meant we get together tomorrow.) The next
day she gave her sermon, and photographers were there.
contest Kellie entered was small potatoes compared
to the Press she gathered in London. What mattered
if they picked her first or last? (The fix or
favoratism is in all these shows. You could be
Godzilla, but if the Promoter loves you, you're
in.) She was all over the front pages of newspapers,
expressing her Freedom of Preach. Kellie always
saw the larger picture and searched for Stepping
Stones between the Stumbling Blocks. She never
did believe in failure, but with God on her side,
sooner or later, she would win.
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NEWS OF THE WORLD article featuring Kellie. The
size of her picture and its prominent position
on page 4 pleasantly surprised her.
Everts never thought about the German, whose name she
couldn't even remember. Let's call him Hans. A few months
later a strange call came from Germany. It was Albert
Busek, and Hans was with him. Albert was going to be the
go between and ARRANGE THE MARRIAGE BETWEEN KELLIE AND
HANS, more or less. (These were not exact words, but the
feeling was there.) Kellie was stunned. What were they
talking about? She was polite and charming and very baffled.
After she hung up she thought, and only one idea came
to her: ARNOLD. Arnold had been in Germany. They told
him about that night, and Arnold set her up. He must have
told them Kellie was in love and wanted to marry Hans.
quirky incident. Nothing to do with Arnold. Albert Busek
said he was meeting a friend and they were going to a
Museum of Art, and would Kellie like to go also? Sure!
Kellie went to the coffee shop to meet the friend already
there, a lovely lady with nine children, dressed rather
hit it off with the lady and had a nice chat, exchanging
phones and addresses. Albert came. They all went to the
museum. For a few minutes they were together and then
Kellie stared at a painting for a minute. Looking around,
they had gone. They had given her the slip. Of course!
How could she have been so stupid! They wanted to be alone
together. The "museum" was no more than a COVER
to prove to Kellie,
having an affair? We're both married. We have friends
and go to museums together."
had a nice ending. Months later, Kellie gets a package
from the lady. A magazine, 'TITBITS' featured Kellie on
the front page, in a bikini, and a centerspread story
about her trip to London and her sermon. If Kellie had
not met this nice lady, she would not have known about
it nor received the copy! Thanks, Albert Busek!
leaving London Kellie was amazed by the appearance
of this article, sent by a lovely lady of London.
She mused about the grace of God that gives so much
for so little effort. All glory to God!
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appeared in Britain January 2-8, 1975.
bodybuidling press that talked about Kellie after she
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the many years, Kellie Everts watched Arnold getting bigger
and bigger, with Franco trailing along as usual, getting
bit parts in all the Arnold action movies, until it seemed
Arnold couldn't GET any bigger. He had now beaten Sylvester
Stallone as the #1 movie hero.
terms of the world's standards, Arnold is huge and Kellie
is small. Does that make her feel left behind by the man
who once loved her, then hated her? Kellie remembers a
quote from the great Winston Churchill after he'd lost
an election. He turned to the winner and said,
HAS NOT HEARD THE LAST OF US YET.'
winning guy was so befuddled he called his aides to find
out what the count really was - was it he who won, or
bottoms of these pictures tell a strange tale.
Arnold put out the word to all his friends that
he did not want any photos which he and Kellie
appeared together in to be distributed. One of
Kellie's fans wrote Tom Minichiello asking for
pictures of Kellie from bodybuilding. Tom Minichiello
sent the bottom headless photo back to the man.
The only thing Kellie could figure was that Tom
feared the wrath of Arnold, and if he cut off
the top of Arnold's head in the photo then no
one would know it was Arnold. Notice the empty
space at the bottom showing that there would have
been ample room for Arnold's head.
don't worry, you're safe. No one will ever know!
Schwarzenegger was in Philadelphia that weekend,
both for the contest and to be chauffeured around
town in a limousine for promotion of his new book.
At dinner that night, over a limitless French meal
at a restuarant called The Garden, he said he really
didn't think too much of women's bodybuilding, that
despite what people might think, he didn't particularly
like to see women sweat."
Iron II: The Unprecendented Woman by Charles
Gaines and George Butler
Arnold really sit on Kellie's back? To find out,
you'll have to read her book, excerpts of which
are on this site.