I can hardly believe that 2001 was the last time I competed. Where the heck did four years go? Man, does time ever fly!
I’ll never forget that last contest, either. It was the National Physique Committee (NPC) Natural Eastern Classic in Hackensack, New Jersey. It was the last time the show was held… and it almost wasn’t held.
On September 15th, 2001, just four days after the worst terrorist attack in US history; on a weekend with no football, no baseball, almost no professional or collegiate sports of any kind, one athletic event proudly carried on – Bob Bonham’s Natural Eastern Classic Bodybuilding championships.