WPW036 - 1985 "Expo Strength" Contest - (235 minutes)
Wally Boyko was ahead of his time as a promoter in the early-mid 80's- he was running local shows until late 1984 when he began running his 'Superbowl' contests, featuring strength and bodybuilding physique contests for the women. The first one was the 1984 Superbowl, and that is on WPW-25; this was his second, renamed the 'Expo', in 1985, and this was followed by the 1985 Superbowl on WPW-43 and the 1986 version on WPW-61. After that, Wally started to get more involved in the Miss Fitness shows, and WPW began taping the Extravaganza Strength/Physique events in New Jersey starting in 1987.
For this event there was a bodybuilding contest, but that was really a side event to the strength contest. The bodybuilding event featured mainly local women, though a few 'name' women traveled to compete- a 19 year old 'Athena', Lindy Champion, Yolanda Hughes and as far as we know, this was the only contest Doughdee Marie was in, lean and with deep abs ! The strength event featured 10 women doing 8 lifts. Sue Springsteen, Vicki Steenrod, Diana Rowell, Mary Ryan-Jeffrey, Raye Hollitt, Dorothy Herndon, Kelly Pehrson and a few others competed against each other for dips, leg-press, curls, squats, bench press, deadlifts, leg extensions and chinups. In addition, how about this list of guest posers- "Pillow", Kay Baxter, Cory Everson, Deanna Panting and Mary Roberts !
NOTE ABOUT THE QUALITY: The picture quality is 'so so' considering the video technology of the era. The lighting was not the best, and for one 20 minute segment the color turns to black and white, but overall the video is quite viewable, and a great piece of history on two MP4 files.
Running time is about 4 hours. (PART A - 123 minutes, PART B - 112 minutes)
The two B&W photos are from the contest.