October 1, 2004 - by Brad Dykens
Two months ago when OWW celebrated its THIRD year of existence, I made a request for donations from the readers to help compensate for the time, effort and money that it takes to run such a huge website. Well I didn't get ANY donations. Please, if this website is to thrive and continue, I am going to need help from you. You can make donations to the PayPal account firstname.lastname@example.org. Even if it's $10, $5, even $1 it will all be greatly appreciated and put to good use. Thank you!
THANKS for clicking. Well I'm sure many of you have noticed a major change in the website. Yes yes, I submitted to the legions of requests to dispose of the blood-red layout of the page and made it a little more eye-friendly. I hope this is a little more acceptable and makes your time on OWW.com a little more comfortable. As you can imagine, this was a huge time-consuming job that I have worked diligently at for the last few weeks; however, the job is not yet complete. I just got it to a point where it was presentable to, you, the readers. I will continue to work on converting all the old pages over to the new layout. This is where you come in; as you travel through the website, I ask that you keep your eyes open for things I may have missed, such as broken links or images that do not load. Please drop me an email to report the URL with the error and I'll be sure to fix it as soon as possible. If the page looks completely off, and you'll know it when you see it, it means I probably haven't gotten around to that section of the site, so there is no need to report that stuff.
I also wanted to pass along this messege I received from SLAM! Wrestling's Greg Oliver:
You are getting this email because you maybe helped me with this story, are a fan of wrestling, you write about wrestling or maybe even you knew Michel Martel or Rick Martel. Feel free to help spread the word about this article, and about this great, forgetten talent.
The feature story on Rick Martel's older brother, Michel "Mad Dog" Martel, that went up today is the longest and most in-depth we've ever run on SLAM! Wrestling.
Featuring interviews with Rick Martel, Frenchy Martin, "Cowboy" Dan Kroffat, Leo Burke, Earl Black, Tor Kamata and others, the piece talks about Michel's entry into wrestling--including some rare photos from the Martel archives--and his career, right up until his death in Puerto Rico at age 33.
You will be moved by the comments of Frenchy Martin, who was there when his partner died, and by the recollections of Rick Martel, who at just 21, was dispatched to bring his big brother's body home from Puerto Rico.
I encourage you to take the time to read it, and take the time to share your feedback with me afterwards.
Author, The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame: The Canadians by Greg Oliver
Order it now from the SLAM! Wrestling store: CLICK HERE
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