Diane Robert, Chief Librarian/Site Administrator

Diane RobertDiane has weight trained most of her adult life.  She met her late husband, Leo Robert, former Mr. Universe Pro at the local gym. After a lengthy career in health care she became a research coordinator in complementary medicine for a private botanical company. 

Diane has always had a special interest in computer technology and worked as a web developer in her spare time for many years. She launched this website over 15 years ago to showcase the extraordinary work of  David Gentle, internationally acclaimed PC Historian and Author. 

"Along with being a prolific writer, David has been a special friend over the years and it is a privilege to know him and be involved in his work."-D. Robert

Through the amalgamation of United Kingdom's Sandow Plus the website grew to become the History of Physical Culture. Its Library now contains over 500 eBooks along with hundreds of articles and photos. Please visit our Homepage if you wish to become a subscriber and support efforts to preserve PC history. 

About Leo Robert 

Diane's late husband, Leo Robert earned a place in bodybuilding history when he attained the Mr. Universe Pro title at the London Palladium.   Leo continued to pursue his passion of helping others achieve their health and fitness goals.   He went on to own and operate several gyms in his hometown, Montreal, PQ, Canada. 

Leo Robert, Mr. Universe at the backdoor of the Palladium Theatre

"Throughout the years Leo and I spent countless hours in the gym together where he taught me the fundamental principles of weight training, special "Universe" training tips and a large variety of workout routines.  Over the years I relied on these principles when training and still apply them to my workouts today.  Leo's gentle, easy going nature and belief that "anything is possible if we try" had a profound impact on my life. Even though Leo has left us, the positive influence he made on people's lives remains."  

May your journey in life bring you peace, health and true happiness.  Stay Strong!
- Diane Robert

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