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[Birthdays & Anniversaries] Glenn ‘Disco Inferno’ Gilbertti (1968), Lena Yada (1978), and Matt Cappotelli (1979) celebrated birthdays today. Today in Memoriam: Nick Condos (65, 1973), Hardy Kruskamp (88, 1994), and Luke Brown (62, 1997)… [reported by Rich Tate of www.GeorgiaWrestlingHistory.com]
[TNA News] Total Nonstop Action (TNA) Wrestling announced today that it is formally inviting Alaska governor and former Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin to come to the iMPACT Zone, offering a $50,000 check to a charity of her choosing for her appearance. Good luck with that. For full details on the invitation, go to www.tnawrestling.com
[DVD News] Ring of Honor, the official distributor of SHIMMER – WOMEN ATHLETES on DVD, has a 25% off sale going on at www.ROHwrestling.com until November 14th. This means all SHIMMER DVDs regularly priced at $14.95 each can be picked up right now for only $11.21! Early DVDs in the SHIMMER series regularly priced at $9.95 are just $7.46!
[Autograph Signing] Ric Flair will be signing autographs at Chickie’s & Pete’s Cafe in South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on November 28th, 2008 from 2 to 5 PM. Tickets are on sale now. Only 600 tickets to be sold.. [reported by Devin Cutting]
[Book News] The latest book release from ECW Press (www.ECWPress.com) is called “World Wrestling Insanity presents… Shoot First Ask Questions Later” and was written by our good friend James Guttman from the great www.WorldWrestlingInsanity.com website. Check it out at www.ECWpress.com or www.Amazon.com
[Indy Event] BANG TV’s Support the Troops 34, “Thanksgiving Massacre” Sunday November 23rd, Funking Conservatory Showtime is 7:00pm Doors open at 6:30pm in Ocala, Florida – for more information, go to http://www.dory-funk.com
[Indy Event] Rain (aka Payton Banks) will be appearing at the Purely Obsessed Wrestling World event in Elk Grove, Illinois on November 22nd, 2008. Go to http://powwentertainment.com for info about the POWW… [reported by Devin Cutting]
[Indy Event] Ron Simmons will be appearing at the Eastern Pro Wrestling events in White River Junction, Vermont on November 21st, 2008 and Westerly, Rhode Island on November 22nd, 2008. Go to http://epwwrestling.com for info about EPW.. [reported by Devin Cutting]
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The Outrageous Bad-Boy
Wrestler Who Created
American Pop CultureBy John Capouya
On Sale: 9/2/2008
This is the first-ever biography of the legendary wrestler Gorgeous George, filled with incredible never-before-told stories. George directly influenced the likes of Muhammad Ali, who took his bragging and boasting from George; James Brown, who began to wear sequined capes onstage after seeing George on TV; John Waters, whose films featured the outrageous drag queen Divine as an homage to George; and too many wrestlers to count. Amid these pop culture discoveries are firsthand accounts of the pro wrestling game from the 1930s to the 1960s.
The ideal American male used to be stoic, quiet, and dignified. But for a young couple struggling to make ends meet, in the desperation born of the lingering Depression and wartime rationing, an idea was hatched that changed the face of American popular culture, an idea so bold, so over-the-top and absurd, that it was perfect. That idea transformed journeyman wrestler George Wagner from a dark-haired, clean-cut good guy to a peroxide-blond braggart who blatantly cheated every chance he got. Crowds were stunned—they had never seen anything like this before—and they came from miles around to witness it for themselves.
Suddenly George—guided by Betty, his pistol of a wife—was a draw. With his golden tresses grown long and styled in a marcel, George went from handsome to . . . well . . . gorgeous overnight, the small, dank wrestling venues giving way to major arenas. As if the hair wasn’t enough, his robes—unmanly things of silk, lace, and chiffon in pale pinks, sunny yellows, and rich mauves—were but a prelude to the act: the regal entrance, the tailcoat-clad valet spraying the mat with perfume, the haughty looks and sneers for the “peasants” who paid to watch this outrageously prissy hulk prance around the ring. How they loved to see his glorious mane mussed up by his manly opponents. And how they loved that alluringly alliterative name . . . Gorgeous George . . . the self-proclaimed Toast of the Coast, the Sensation of the Nation!
All this was timed to the arrival of that new invention everyone was talking about—television. In its early days, professional wrestling and its larger-than-life characters dominated prime-time broadcasts—none more so than Gorgeous George, who sold as many sets as Uncle Miltie.
Fans came in droves—to boo him, to stick him with hatpins, to ogle his gowns, and to rejoice in his comeuppance. He was the man they loved to hate, and his provocative, gender-bending act took him to the top of the entertainment world. America would never be the same again.
Check out the Gorgeous George book website at: http://www.gorgeousgeorgebook.com