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.
am so bad at this I forget when I should update you guys. My life
seems to get busier and busier, and I am not sure I have filled you
in on the exciting things.
was great but the follow up - booking the Mexican wrestlers - is not
working so well. The big promotions are not interested because they
have stolen the Mexican style and do not want to be "shown
up", since the Mexicans are much better at it. The small
promoters cannot really afford the trans and the weekly fee. It is
really a shame because the Mexican wrestlers have more flying in
their repertoire than any other country, including this one. Korea
is a hope, but then the trans is even more for them. This business
isn't getting any easier!!
always, Mexico was an adventure...it also gave me an opportunity to
check out a possible place to live. We have vowed to move there if Al
Gore is elected. Age hasn't made me more tolerant of fools, or
carnival promoters. I listen to TV and wonder if the talking heads
are right...that single mothers (women who have already made one
poor choice in a man) are going to decide our country's leader. (Hey!
If movie stars are qualified to tell you how to vote, I sure as hell
am) I may be old, but I can't see selling my country and its future
for free (?) prescription drugs.
back on track here. The Mexican wrestlers are more daring than ever
and some of the matches I saw were enough to make me stand and
cheer. It made me realize how much the U.S. boys have tried to
emulate Mexican style wrestling. The country plods along
industrially, but the people are happy and hard working. The family
units always touch me and the devotion to home and hearth, even in
the wrestling game.
have given up my home and hearth one night a week to coach in a
nearby town. It is pretty experimental, but we are working on a
seminar set up for one or two days in a weekend. Keep checking out
the website of kokogym.com. Thank God all I have to do is the
coaching. Adam Pollock will do the rest. I am enjoying the two-hour
session once a week and will do more when we have more students come
in. All this came about on the forum here at WrestlingClassics. It
does feel good to know there is still some interest in wrestling as
well as hooking.
exciting event coming up is in St. Louis. I haven't followed the
movie and TV industry since I lived in California, and even then it
was just the people I knew - Mike Mazurki, Suni War Cloud,
Vince Barbi, Royal Dano,
and other CAC members. TV was never a big part of my life when I
on the road. Now the National Academy of Television Arts and
Sciences have asked me
to be a presenter in St .Louis for the regional news awards. Hey,
it's an opportunity to wear my tux and see old friends in St. Louis.
All this happens on October 14th. I guess I can learn new tricks.
sent me the schedule for the Olympics and I missed the first night
on TV, if they even showed it? I did hear good reports on the young
Greco wrestler for the U.S. Now Greco Roman takes me back about 75
years. I knew Dan Gable was there for the freestyle guys, but
don't know the Greco coach. We had some terrific friends, Mary
(we are distant cousins, also) and Frank Frost here with us
to see the historical match between Alexander Karelin and Rulon
Gardner. I know Gardner performed an amazing feat for the U.S.,
but think about what he has done for wrestling! I have been excited
to see some wrestlers in commercials, too.
wheels are finally in motion to get my autobiography on the market.
I wanted a Christmas release on Amazon.com and I am hearing
Valentine's Day for sure. I have put this off for years because I
really enjoyed signing each copy as it was sent out. However, I
won't mind just singing checks as they come in. Keep your fingers
crossed. I hoped to see a hardback version with lots of color photos
and additions and rewrites before I die, but settled for a trade
paperback with some black and whites and my top 25 wrestlers of all
those of you who don't know about Johnny Valentine, he fell
on the 11th of August and broke his back again. He finally had
surgery in the 15th of September to alleviate the pain. It has been
a rough road for John for so damn many years. I am as guilty as
anyone for not keeping in touch. My wife Charlie says once a
person grows up thinking a "long distance phone call" is
for emergency only, we just don't take the opportunity to
"reach out and touch."
have made a trip to the Museum for an emergency board meeting. Dan
Gable had to be there electronically, since he was almost en route
to Sydney at that time. The Museum is hoping to raise some funds for
marketing. It is such a shame so few people know about it. Wrestling
is the most misunderstood sport because the factions are split into
amateur and pro. Most people who love football, basketball and other
sport love the amateur and professional. I know I am prejudice, but
I feel like the world is missing the point where wresting is
concerned. The Museum will dispel the preconceived ideas of both
from my everyday kitchen boy duties of cooking and washing dishes, I
spend my time signing books and working on the computer (when my
computer typist is available), and working out in the local gym. The
coaching is a bonus for me and I hope to do more of it. I have hopes
of a trip to California, but don't know if I can do it before the
holidays. I will try to get some more update to you before the
know I have not been very diligent about the forum, but I will try
to get there once a week when Charlie and I are both available (that
is the problem). I do want you to know I enjoy the questions and a
chance to give my perspective on wrestling history. I think a few
guys still leave the gloves on but some are pretty bold and brutal.
So, come join us. Take your shot at the old man! And someone on the
board remind me when we have to have another column ready. As you
earn on the forum, memory is not my strong suit.
for your interest,
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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