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August 31, 2008

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How about "Seaman" Thomas with his big gentle smile? Does Buddy Rogers have a role to play in this political "mellow" drama? Argentino Apollo? Antonino Rocco? The step-over-toe hold?

yes, david is correct to mention "seaman" art thomas. when i was a kid in chicago wrestling on tv originated from several different pro "circuits," each with its own stable of personalities. i was most familiar with the midwest circuit, but we also got some programs from the east -- none from the south. i'm not certain of this, but i think one of the first and maybe the only black "villains" was bobo brazil. he definitely started out as a good guy but i think he turned bad, at least temporarily.

one person who really understood pro wrestling was andy kaufman. he idolized buddy rogers because of the way rogers could drive an audience completely crazy. partly for the same reason, andy was also a great appreciator of elvis in his late period.

i think the only other person who could generate that level of hysteria was michael jackson in the 80s. i'm not sure if i posted the video of his first solo performance of "billie jean." andy kaufman would have loved it. just imagine andy doing the moonwalk!
mitch s.

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