What a surprise to see my letter published by you. It's a bit of a shock to see one's name in print. Anyway, I'm enjoying all the back issues I ordered several weeks ago. Your stories, columns, interviews, artwork, ad copies, newspaper reports, clippings, and so on make for delightful reading. I haven't finished catching up, yet, but so far I don't regret a penny spent on acquiring the back issues. You deserve congratulations for sticking in there with your publication through thick and thin over the past years.
DALE M. IWATAKI
Ive enjoyed your publication very much. Although my interest is in wrestling history prior to 1965, I get a kick out of reading every article because of the "fan/critic" attitude of your zine.
I'm glad Gordon Solie is part of your annual. I wish Cowboy Bill Watts was in it also. He could help dispose of Eric Bishoff. I used to like Bischoff until the NWO deal.
As far as sending an extra five bucks a year for an expanded WT&N, no problem. It's worth the extra money. Keep up the great work, it's greatly appreciated.
STATEN ISLAND, NY
Thanks for the August issue, another good one! Appreciate the mention and always glad to help out with copies of clips, etc. Here are more for you, a mixture of stuff, some of which I may have (???) sent before; can't remember at my "feeble" age, as it gets scary at 47!
Glad you saw and liked Jackie Fargo. I grew up on him here in the 1960s and 70s. He was a VERY charismatic wrestler, and gave GREAT interviews, and was "Mr. Action" in the ring. In the late 50s and early 60s, Jackie and his "brothers" Don and Sonny (Roughouse) were the top heels in this area, but, around '62, Jackie turned "face" simply because he was too colorful, and the crowds loved his style.
The bout you mentioned (on Bill Walkowitz's latest Nostalgia Tape) was from Louisville, Ky., 1974. I have it also, plus another '74 Sheik-Fargo brawl (this one in Nashville, Tn.), plus a number of other Fargo bouts and miscellaneous Gulas area matches from the mid 1970s. Some are rare and very few have them on tape.
The Jobber Lock is a fun read. Where'd you find this guy (Bryan Walsh)? The Tommy Young interview and "Working the Indies" were cool reads.
I hope you will do features on Cowboy Bill Watts, Danny Hodge, the Road Warriors and Leroy McGuirk in future issues of WT&N.