Obituary- Robert Thomas Hoskins
The family is planning memorial services at a later date for Robert Thomas Hoskins, who died of heart failure Aug. 30, 2001, at Barton Memorial Hospital. He was 74.
Mr. Hoskins was born May 14, 1927, at Pittsburg, Calif., to Thomas and Ida Hoskins. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1947 to 1950. He had been a resident of the South Shore since 1975 and was manager of the Sierra Health Club at South Lake Tahoe from 1975 to 1976. He had also been head of security for Barney’s Casino as well as a security guard at Bill’s Casino. He most recently worked for the Hornblower Tahoe Queen in public relations. From 1952, prior to moving to Lake Tahoe, he had managed several health and fitness clubs in Washington, Southern California and Las Vegas, Nev. His duties included implementing fitness programs for men and women, giving speeches concerning health and nutrition, helping with club promotions, supervising personnel and directing advertising. He was district manager for the Vic Tanny Gyms from 1952 to 1963, where he originated methods to improve efficiency and income.
Mr. Hoskins, who was best known as “Mr. Clean,” took up body building during his years at Antioch High School, Antioch, Calif., and Placer College in Auburn, Calif. He moved to Southern California in 1955 and was spotted working out at Muscle Beach in 1957 by Proctor and Gamble representatives. They noted his resemblance to the fictional character the company had developed as an advertising trademark for its Mr. Clean All Purpose Cleaner. His bald head, elfish pointed ears and well-muscled body was the essence of the TV advertising character. He went to Hawaii in 1964, where he managed a gym at the Hilton Hawaii Village. A local TV station was going to broadcast a movie and had landed Proctor and Gamble as a sponsor. Mr. Hoskins became Mr. Clean on some local commerals and later was host for a TV fitness show on station KGMB in Honolulu.
Survivors include his brother, William Charles Hoskins of Bend, Ore.; nieces, Lynn Saturno of Fountain Hills, Ariz., and Sandra Wiele of Dixon, Calif.; grand-nephews, Richard Liljegren and Brian Liljegren of Phoenix, Ariz.; and grand-niece, Randi Napier of Casper, Wyo. He was predeceased by his parents.
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