WWE Superstar and former member of the Shield
John Giammarino wrote: I met Haystacks in Springfield Massachusetts in the mid 1970’s. He drove a GMC Jimmy with reinforced shock absorbers, he used to travel with Man Mountain Mike. This was noteworthy because Mike(billed at 500 lbs.) was a heel and Stacks was a face. They never faced each other in the WWWF that I know of. On the dash in his Jimmy was a nasty looking half of a gallon milk jug with brown spittle on the inside. He was a tobacco chewer, nasty habit. I found him to be a very genial and overall nice fellow.
Tom wrote: I met Haystacks Calhoun and he was not near as tall as you have him listed. He was about 5′ 10″ at most. (I’m 6’2″ and I was looking down at him) Haystacks could drive his own car (I saw it myself). It was an old beat up car. They obviously didn’t pay even top tier rasslers much money back in the late ’60s and early ’70s.
Michelle Steiner sent in these comments: Calhoun started in the mid to late 1950s; he had a notable feud with Dick the Bruiser, resulting in a main event match at Madison Square Garden. In the match, Bruiser tried to body slam him (Calhoun was billed at 601 lbs) and couldn’t get him off his feet. Calhoun did not try to stop the slam, saying afterwards that he wanted to see whether it could be done. The first photo in your gallery of him is in his match with Happy Humphrey, who was billed at 750 lbs. Calhoun won when Humphrey couldn’t get back into the ring by the count of 20. (In those days, there was a 20 count to get back in the ring from the floor, and a ten count from the apron.)