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Posted 11 June 2019 - 06:28 PM

The only pro wrestler I know anything about is from way back in the 50's/60's/70's - Gene Kiniski. Anybody else remember Gene Kiniski?

He lived his final years right here in Blaine WA, and I met him and talked to him, had beers with him, etc, many times. He was a local "celebrity" of sorts. Despite his wrestling "persona" as a "bad guy", in real life he was a great guy. Nice, personable, friendly, intelligent.

He died here in Blaine in 2010.

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Posted 11 June 2019 - 08:07 PM

View PostMontyPython, on 11 June 2019 - 06:28 PM, said:

The only pro wrestler I know anything about is from way back in the 50's/60's/70's - Gene Kiniski. Anybody else remember Gene Kiniski?

He lived his final years right here in Blaine WA, and I met him and talked to him, had beers with him, etc, many times. He was a local "celebrity" of sorts. Despite his wrestling "persona" as a "bad guy", in real life he was a great guy. Nice, personable, friendly, intelligent.

He died here in Blaine in 2010.

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Yeah, back then wrestling was more of a regional thing, nothing like today. I remember as a kid my dad taking me to see Big Time Wrestling...at the local high school gym. But they did have a card every Saturday night at Cobo Arena.
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Posted 11 June 2019 - 11:59 PM

View PostHieronymous, on 11 June 2019 - 08:07 PM, said:

Yeah, back then wrestling was more of a regional thing, nothing like today. I remember as a kid my dad taking me to see Big Time Wrestling...at the local high school gym. But they did have a card every Saturday night at Cobo Arena.


Where was that? I mean what city in what state? From my childhood in the PacNW I mostly remember the Portland OR based wrestling league. I already mentioned Kiniski, and other famous names like Roddy Piper, Jimmy Snuka, Buddy Rose (and several others I can't think of right now) were frequently featured.

Pro wrestling was a lot better, a lot more entertaining back in those days.

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Posted 12 June 2019 - 08:44 AM

View PostMontyPython, on 11 June 2019 - 11:59 PM, said:

Where was that? I mean what city in what state? From my childhood in the PacNW I mostly remember the Portland OR based wrestling league. I already mentioned Kiniski, and other famous names like Roddy Piper, Jimmy Snuka, Buddy Rose (and several others I can't think of right now) were frequently featured.

Pro wrestling was a lot better, a lot more entertaining back in those days.

B)


Cobo Arena is in Detroit. And probably the only place in Detroit that Jimmy Hoffa HASN'T been rumored to be buried under.
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Posted 12 June 2019 - 10:27 AM

View PostDean Adam Smithee, on 11 June 2019 - 06:06 PM, said:

Jim 'The Anvil' Neidhart, member of Hart Foundation, dies at 63
Tim Fiovanti ESPN.com Aug 13, 2018

Professional wrestler Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart, part of the legendary Hart family wrestling dynasty, has died at the age of 63.

The Pasco Sheriff's Office said Neidhart fell at home, hit his head and "succumbed to his injury'' on Monday in Wesley Chapel, Florida. No foul play was suspected.

A two-time WWF tag team champion as part of the Hart Foundation with real-life brother-in-law Bret Hart, Neidhart was among the most recognizable characters in the WWF explosion of the late 1980s and early '90s, with his signature goatee and the Hart Foundation's pink and black wrestling gear.

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If he was from Pasco county FL I likely met him back in the pre-WWF days. Before the "WWF Explosion" and BEFORE Orlando FL became a "Big City" rather than a "small southern town" (Which started about '83 or so) (If you're familiar with the area, I can remember when what is now "International Drive" was an almost-driveable dirt/sand trail in the middle of orange groves. I got my car stuck in the sand once, and AAA said "we don't go off-road".)

Anyway, there was this place in Orlando called the "Eddie Graham Sports Arena" started by the namesake sport promoter who was also a former wrestler. It was a "thing" for a while, until financial difficulties led to Eddie Graham's suicide in '85. Sucks that Eddie Graham couldn't make it another couple of years to see the WWF/WWE explosion. I wasn't particularly a fan, but my best friend at the time was... Don Breslin, cousin of NYC sportswriter Jimmy Breslin (Small world, eh?). Free tickets. Got to meet any number of wrestlers, because any wrestler of renown from any surrounding county came there.

Ten Bell salute, archive and tribute to dead wrestlers: Eddie Graham, Dead at 55 after committing suicide 1930-1985 (Age 55)

RIP Eddie Graham 1985
RIP Don Breslin 2008
RIP Kelly Breslin 2009 (Jimmy's daughter)
RIP Jimmy Breslin 2017
RIP Jim Neidhart 2018


Thank you Dean, I knew it was kinda recent, just didn't know if it was this year or last year, now I know! He passed away last year! Thanks again, and have a good day my friend! :)

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Posted 12 June 2019 - 10:55 AM

View PostDean Adam Smithee, on 12 June 2019 - 08:44 AM, said:

Cobo Arena is in Detroit. And probably the only place in Detroit that Jimmy Hoffa HASN'T been rumored to be buried under.


OK thanks. That's what I thought (I'd heard of Cobo before.) It's just that Hieronymous mentioned "Big Time Wrestling", and that's what they called the Portland TV wrestling league too. I was confused because I didn't think Cobo was in Portland. So I asked.

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Posted 15 June 2019 - 10:25 PM

Franco Zeffirelli memory eternal
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Posted 16 June 2019 - 12:52 PM

R.I.P Franco Zeffirelli, though with mixed opinions. I like his early films: His Taming of the Shrew (1967) is my favorite Richard Burton + Liz Taylor film, and Brother Sun, Sister Moon (1972) was pretty good too.

But... his later Endless love (1981) was just TOO close to Child Porn. I mean, a then-16-YO Brooke Shields playing a 15-YO in a film that was initially given an X rating by the MPAA for 'her' scenes (Though actually a body double) - And allegedly had to be cut five different times to get it down to a R???

Today, that same film would be illegal to produce. (The 2014 remake was much tamer and got a PG-13). At the time, the loophole was that the body double was 'old enough'. Since then, the law was changed to include not just actual minors in such scenes but also "visual depictions... indistinguishable from an actual minor."

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Posted 17 June 2019 - 10:44 AM

RIP Gloria Vanderbilt

I wore the jeans back in the 70s, early 80s.
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Posted 17 June 2019 - 03:31 PM

View PostLadybird, on 17 June 2019 - 10:44 AM, said:

RIP Gloria Vanderbilt

I wore the jeans back in the 70s, early 80s.


R.I.P.

I remember her line of jeans, I think Mrs. Smithee still has a pair or two. Back then, the equivalent "fashion" jeans for guys was a brand called "Brittania" (Anybody else remember Brittania Jeans?) Unfortunately, Brittania was a classic example of a company becoming TOO successful too fast and not knowing how to handle it. Brittania Jeans came out of nowhere in the early '70, Ruled the latter half of the '70s as THEE brand of jeans that every cool guy had to own, and then disappeared just as quickly into bankruptcy in '83 or so. (Where is Brittania now? Levi's bought the trademark after bankruptcy, and tried to revive the brand without success and then sold the trademark to Vanity Fair the parent of the Wrangler and other brands but who never did anything with it AFAIK. I guess VF is waiting for '70s fashion to make a comeback. It might take a while.)
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Posted 17 June 2019 - 03:43 PM

Yup, I remember both Brittania and Vanderbilt jeans. Not because I cared about any of that "fashionable" crap. Mostly I remember them because they made me laugh about people who'd pay two or three times the price of regular jeans in order to wear "trendy" stuff.

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Posted 17 June 2019 - 05:25 PM

View PostMontyPython, on 17 June 2019 - 03:43 PM, said:

Yup, I remember both Brittania and Vanderbilt jeans. Not because I cared about any of that "fashionable" crap. Mostly I remember them because they made me laugh about people who'd pay two or three times the price of regular jeans in order to wear "trendy" stuff.

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Oh, you think prices were ridiculous THEN??? You should see what lightly worn used ones from the '70s are going for NOW.

If I recall correctly, I remember paying $25 or $30. Which was a LOT at the time when even Levi's or especially Wranglers could be had for less than $10.

Ah, well. The more things change the more they stay the same. Or, as the good book says, "There is nothing new under the sun" (Eccl. 1:9). It's probably no more ridiculous than what kids are paying for sneakers these days - I've never paid more than $25 or $30 for sneakers in my entire life, and I think I'll need clearance from my cardiologist before I take our GrandNephew shopping for back-to-school clothes this year; It would be undignified to go into cardiac arrest whilst looking at price tags at the local Footlocker.
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Posted 17 June 2019 - 06:13 PM

View PostDean Adam Smithee, on 17 June 2019 - 05:25 PM, said:

Oh, you think prices were ridiculous THEN??? You should see what lightly worn used ones from the '70s are going for NOW.

If I recall correctly, I remember paying $25 or $30. Which was a LOT at the time when even Levi's or especially Wranglers could be had for less than $10.

Ah, well. The more things change the more they stay the same. Or, as the good book says, "There is nothing new under the sun" (Eccl. 1:9). It's probably no more ridiculous than what kids are paying for sneakers these days - I've never paid more than $25 or $30 for sneakers in my entire life, and I think I'll need clearance from my cardiologist before I take our GrandNephew shopping for back-to-school clothes this year; It would be undignified to go into cardiac arrest whilst looking at price tags at the local Footlocker.


The sneakers I'm wearing right now cost about 12 or 13 bucks at Walmart. They're already three or four years old, and are holding up just fine; They've got several more years in them easily, before I'll need to spend another $13 replacing them. I can't grasp why anybody would pay more than that.

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Posted 26 June 2019 - 07:03 PM

'Dog the Bounty Hunter' star Beth Chapman dead at 51

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Posted 26 June 2019 - 07:47 PM

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'Dog the Bounty Hunter' star Beth Chapman dead at 51

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I remember a few days ago seeing a blurb on TV saying that she had taken a turn for the worse, and was unlikely to last much longer.

RIP Beth.

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Posted 27 June 2019 - 06:42 AM

Billy Drago, Actor in 'The Untouchables,' Dies at 73

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Guy was really unforgettable in that movie. "I said, 'Your friend died screaming like a stuck Irish pig'. [runs comb through slicked hair] Now, you think about that while I beat the rap...HEEEEEEEEEEEEEYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!"

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Posted 27 June 2019 - 08:09 AM

View PostBen Cranklin, on 27 June 2019 - 06:42 AM, said:

Billy Drago, Actor in 'The Untouchables,' Dies at 73

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Guy was really unforgettable in that movie. "I said, 'Your friend died screaming like a stuck Irish pig'. [runs comb through slicked hair] Now, you think about that while I beat the rap...HEEEEEEEEEEEEEYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!"


I didn't recognize the name, so I googled some pictures of him. I definitely recognize him so I must've seen some of his stuff, though I don't know for sure which.

RIP Billy.

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Posted 27 June 2019 - 09:05 AM

RIP, he did very well playing some bad ass dudes in Westerns too.
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Posted 29 June 2019 - 03:20 PM

View PostMontyPython, on 11 June 2019 - 11:59 PM, said:

Where was that? I mean what city in what state? From my childhood in the PacNW I mostly remember the Portland OR based wrestling league. I already mentioned Kiniski, and other famous names like Roddy Piper, Jimmy Snuka, Buddy Rose (and several others I can't think of right now) were frequently featured.

Pro wrestling was a lot better, a lot more entertaining back in those days.

B)

This was in Michigan. The Sheik, The Mighty Igor, Killer Brooks, Pampero Firpo, Dick The Bruiser, Ernie Ladd (also played in the NFL), Chief Jay Strongbow. Those were a few of the names who were always here.

My grandmother watched pro wrestling. She was a fan (or hater) of Gorgeous George.
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Posted 29 June 2019 - 04:40 PM

View PostHieronymous, on 29 June 2019 - 03:20 PM, said:

This was in Michigan. The Sheik, The Mighty Igor, Killer Brooks, Pampero Firpo, Dick The Bruiser, Ernie Ladd (also played in the NFL), Chief Jay Strongbow. Those were a few of the names who were always here.

My grandmother watched pro wrestling. She was a fan (or hater) of Gorgeous George.


Dick the Bruiser. Well known in Indiana as well; He was from Indy and for a while in the '60s owned the local (Pre-WWF) WWA franchise in Indianapolis.

R.I.P. William Fritz Afflis 1991. Met him once in the '70s at a meet-and-greet promotion at the local Burger Chef (Now Hardee's) along with "Cowboy Bob", a local afternoon TV personality (WTTV Indianapolis) who was no relation whatsoever to "Cowboy" Bob Orton, the pro wrestler out of Orlando Fl whom I later met in the '80s.

(And R.I.P as well to "our" (other) Cowboy Bob: 2016: Cowboy Bob,' an Indiana TV legend and animal advocate, dies at 73)

The "Orlando" Cowboy Bob? As far as I know, still alive.
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