In 1965, Arnold Schwarzenegger went AWOL…

In 1965, Arnold Schwarzenegger went AWOL in the Austrian Army (during the 1 year service required by the government) to attend a bodybuilding contest. He spent a week in military prison, but won the contest, propelling the opportunity for larger contests and, ultimately, his ticket to to America.

Three years later, he was living in Venice Beach, California. Along with fellow famed bodybuilder, Franco Columbu, he opened a brick laying business that became quite successful, financially fueling other business ventures, while simultaneously becoming the most famous bodybuilder in the world.