By Lou Thesz
Six-time World heavyweight champion
Thesz has a Message Board on his Web site, the Lou
Thesz Message Board Forum. You can ask Thesz questions
directly. You can see photos and listen to an interview
with Thesz on the
official Lou Thesz Web site. You can also get information
about Thesz' biography Hooker,
one of the definitive histories of professional wrestling.
He also has a Collector's
Edition Photo Biography available.
know I am really lax in the column business. This time I have an
excuse - moving! My wife and I have left the beautiful Chesapeake
Bay for the warmth and sunshine of Winter Garden, Florida. It was a
great move for us.
computer had a few rough moments, but seems to be well and healthy
here in Florida.
move went fairly well, if you can call having all your worldly
belongings shipped 800 miles over five days. Ahh! The imagination
reels with disasters, and that could still have happen, since we
still have not opened all the boxes. I couldn't believe all those
boxes had our stuff in them, but so
far they do. But enough of my personal life.
the 11th of February, in Las Vegas, NV, I resigned as president of
the Cauliflower Alley Club. It has been a great 7 year run, but I
guess you could say I have the seven-year itch. The itch is not to
get away from the CAC, but to have time to spend on raising money
for the International Wrestling
Institute and Museum.
is the link to the past and is at a crucial time in its development.
We are trying to raise the money to buy the building, so we don't
have rent to pay, or endure restrictions on growth. If you have not
been to Newton, Iowa to see the Museum, try to come on May 5 and 6.
We are having a Celebrity Golf Tournament with several former
amateur champions and Olympic winners. To me, Dan Gable is
enough reason to go. I guess we all have heroes, and Gable is mine.
the golf thing, we are inducting the second round of wrestlers into
the Hall of Fame. I was honored to be inducted last year - on my
82nd birthday at that. I was in good company with Verne Gagne,
Ed Lewis and Frank Gotch. It doesn't get any better
has set up a discussion board and I hope you will direct any
questions you want to ask me to the board. I apologize for not
visiting it sooner. I have had my password but haven't had time to
get my "secretary" and answer questions. I cannot tell you
how flattered I am to have anyone interested in the "the old
days". Please don't hesitate to ask questions on the message
board. Don't worry about offending me, if I don't like the question
I will tell you it is none of your business. :-)
promise to get to the board before I leave for St. Louis to be part
of the autograph signing show there. It is in conjunction with the
NCAA wrestling competition, and I look forward to being back
"home" for a few days. We will all be at Union Station if
any of you care to come by. Mike Chapman, Executive Director
of the Museum, will be there selling memorabilia. We are considering
selling some of the posters produced for the Museum. Until now the
only way to acquire one was a $1,000 membership to the Museum. There
have only been 1,000 printed and there will be no more. The poster
is a reproduction of a painting done of me (from a photo taken when
I was 40). Dan Smith is the artist and the painting hangs in
the Museum, of course.
A trip to
Korea for the retirement ceremony of Oki Kintaro has been
postponed until after Korea's general elections. For those of you
who don't recognize the name, he was very popular in Japan years
ago, although he is a Korean. I will be honored to be a part of the
ceremony and serve as wrestling commissioner. I think it is about
time I went back to work. It has to be easier than moving.
Hope to see
you in St. Louis or Newton, Iowa,
Lou Thesz is
arguably the greatest professional wrestler of all time. He held the World heavyweight
championship six times in four different decades. He is the only wrestler to ever compete
in seven different decades. His book, Hooker details the history of professional wrestling
through his perspective as the top wrestler in the business. He has just released a
Collector's Edition Photo Biography. You can also visit the Lou Thesz Web site.
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