Jack, I was just getting into wrestling when you won the NWA belt and I was at Kiel in St. Louis when you made your first defense against Gene Kiniski. The crowd was a little light--which surprises me now since it was a really good sell at the time.
I thought I was petty cool because I was the first person to get your autograph in the ring that night. A man I met years later had shot a movie that night and I was really embarrassed to see myself shoving kids out of the way so I could be first. Thank goodness I finally grew up.
I saw your Missouri title defenses against Gene Kiniski, Terry Funk, Harley Race, Dory Funk, Giant Baba, Johnny Valentine, Rocky Johnson and Dick The Bruiser. You always gave us a great match.
I was also at The Checkerdome when you won the Missouri Title and took the following photo after the match.