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Ken Patera

2009-03-11T21:04:58.164-07:00

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We are proud to announce yet another first timer for the CAC reunion. In 2009, Ken Patera will make his way to Las Vegas to attend the CAC reunion.

Ken Patera was one of the first "strongmen" in professional wrestling following his weightlifting career. He wrestled mainly as a heel for the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), National Wrestling Alliance (NWA), and American Wrestling Association (AWA) during the 1970s and 1980s. In 1976, he challenged Bruno Sammartino for the WWWF Heavyweight Championship. This was a huge draw around the northeastern part of United States and at Madison Square Garden and was one of Sammartino's last challenges before he lost the title to Superstar Billy Graham. When Bob Backlund won the title, Patera unsuccessfully challenged him. At the height of his career (in the early 1980s) he simultaneously held the WWF's Intercontinental Championship, and the NWA Missouri Heavyweight Championship, two of the most important non-world championship titles of that era. He also was one of the most hated heels in wrestling during this time. Patera often used his Swinging Full Nelson to "injure" opponents during matches (most notably Billy White Wolf in August 1977). The Swinging Neckbreaker was a simple full nelson applied with the opponent then swung in a circle so his feet would leave the ground.



Seminars are announced!

2009-03-16T20:13:39.652-07:00

After a very successful time with the seminars, The CAC has planned yet another outstanding lineup of personal in the pro-wrestling business to conduct seminars at this years reunion. If you are in the wrestling business and want to further your career, this is a must attend seminar. Below you will find the schedule(s) listed. These seminars will be conduct by world famous names such as, Harley Race, Superstar Billy Graham, Dick Byer, Percival A. Friend, Rip Hawk. just to name a few. And we have others that are asking to volunteer to help the young guns of this business out. Due to popularity of certain wrestlers, we will have "surprise" speakers. Just to add to the excitement of the seminars. If you are truly dedicated to the business, I ask you this, were can you go and get all this knowledge and information, FREE?This is just one more way the CAC proves there motto, "The Ring of Friendship".----------WRESTLING SHOW MONDAY NIGHT! ----------Seminars are as follows:TuesdayYou're a professional wrestler....look it and act it! (Day 1, Seminar #1 - 10:00 am) Guest speaker(s), Harley Race, Leo BurkePromote Yourself! (Day 1, Seminar #2 - 11:30 am) Guest speaker(s) Superstar Billy Graham, Dick "Destroyer" BeyerCan you promo.....effectively? (Day 1, Seminar #3 - 1:30pm) Guest speaker(s), Terry Funk, Ted Dibiase, and a SURPRISE guestBooking 101 (Day 1, Seminar #4 -:3:00 pm) Guest speaker(s), Nick Bockwinkel, Bob Geigel, Karl Lauer, and a SURPRISE guestWednesday Managing and Being Managed (Day 1, Seminar #1 - 1o:00 am) Guest Speaker(s),Ken Ramey, Percival A. Friend, J J DillonWorking Hard or Working Smart (Day 1, Seminar #2 - 11:30 am) Guest speaker(s), Bob Roop, Tom DrakeIt's not what you make, it's what you keep (Day 2, Seminar #3 - 1:30 pm) Guest Speaker, Magic Schwarz, Bruce Swayze and Nick BockwinkelLife after wrestling -- career planning and choices (Day 2, Seminar #4 - 3:00 pm) Guest speaker, Rip Hawk Rock RiddleDetailed overview of seminar content:You're a professional wrestler….look it and act it!YOU:your bodyyour ring attireyour workyour attitudeyour image: why would anyone pay to see someone who looks "just ordinary"?Your Professional Conduct: in business dealings in the dressing room in the ring in publicPromote Yourself!What have you got to market? Take careful, honest stock of your skills and abilities Your package: written materials, publicity photos, VHS/DVD video, business card Your website Networking Contacting and following up with promoters Nobody works for nothing – why should you? Negotiating fees, transportation, accommodation Gimmick sales at events Return bookings Non-wrestling appearances – fanfests, conventions, Hall of Fames, reunions, etc. Booking 101It isn't about who goes over, or who gets to shine -- it's about putting butts in seats! You're the booker – now what do you do? The promoter-booker relationship The good booker always keeps the big picture in focus, short-range and long-range You're the wrestler -- know the role of the booker, and how to deal with him Know your role as a wrestler, manager, or referee Got suggestions? How to present them to the bookerCan you promo….effectively? Interview and promo techniques, face and heel TV versus in-ring promos Tailor your promo to the situation Keep focused, keep on topic Less is more: design your words and delivery for maximum impact Anybody can scream, yell and threaten: does anybody listen? The most riveting promo is often intense and quiet Body languageWorking Hard or Working SmartLessen your wear and tear, lengthen your career, leave it with a working body. Face or heel? What you want, what the promoter wants Working snug vs working stiff - North American vs Japanese style You're hurt, your opponent's hurt: how to handle it in a match Potatoes and receipts The ropes or the ring break: take advantage of itManaging and being managed: What does a good manager do? What does he not do? Developing your manager character Know your role: you're there to add to your boy's performance, not distract from it Make your [...]



Keller Entertainment Presents "The Karaoke Show with Bob Keller"

2009-02-28T17:10:12.732-08:00

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We have been ask by several members if the Karaoke show will take place this year. The Answer? YES!

Keller Entertainment (from Columbia, South Carolina)will once again will be performing, "THE KARAOKE SHOW with Bob Keller" on Tuesday night immediately after the blowout. I talked with Mr. Keller tonight. He said, Morgan, we can be there aslong as people want to party and have a good time. I sent President Bockwinkel a email to confirm this, and he replied that he was practicing on a song. And that he should be ready by April.

Bob Keller has been a CAC member for several years. A Professional Wrestler known as the FABULOUS PLAYBOY, traveled with pro-wrestler,the Barbarian for several years and has turned a part time Karaoke job into a full time job. Mr. Keller has made arrangements to have his bookings on the east coast taken care of so he can head west and bring his talent to the CAC.

So for all you KARAOKE stars get ready! Its a go! The KARAOKE show is set!

See you all in Vegas!



Billy Graham, Iron Sheik Among Scheduled Attendees

2009-02-22T08:28:01.506-08:00

Folks, this year's CAC is shaping up to be an exciting, not-to-be-forgotten event. Between the bowling tournament, cribbage games, wrestling show and new, improved venue, it's going to be a year of excitement and fun. We have several attendees confirmed - both first time and returning attendees.

We are particularly excited about all of our first-time attendees, some of whom include:
Superstar Billy Graham
Trevor Murdoch
Rip Hawk
Iron Sheik
Ted DiBiase
Jean Antone

Among the returning attendees we have confirmed are:
JJ Dillon who will be hosting our awards banquet for the second consecutive year
Betty Niccoli
Omar Atlas
Bob Giegel
Terry Funk

Of course, this is only a partial listing of those who are scheduled to attend and there are always some last minute surprises.

If you haven't ordered your banquet ticket yet, there's still time to do so! Ordering is easier than ever now that CAC is able to accept PayPal for banquet ticket orders and membership. For more information on sending your order via PayPal, e-mail wes@caulifloweralleyclub.org. To order your ticket directly, contact cac@fidnet.com.

We'll see YOU there!



This year is one that is truly not to be missed.



2009 CAC Raffle Belt Design Revealed

2009-01-21T22:12:53.392-08:00

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Rico Mann who designed our 2006 and 2008 raffle belts has, once again, generously donated more than 80 hours of his time to design a one-of-a-kind collectibe that is sure to go over huge. As most everybody knows, Rico, Dave Millican and Reggie Parks regularly donate their time, labor and materials to provide these belts and each one is more special than the last. This belt will, undoubtedly, be our most successful yet!




Don't forget, you can win this belt with as small as a $1 investment! The most important thing to remember, though, is this: You have to be there to win!!



Only Two Advertising Spaces Left in Banquet Program!

2009-01-11T22:47:38.643-08:00

Want to get word of your business, product, service, promotion or other event out to CAC members? There's no better way than through advertising in our annual Banquet Program.

As of today, there are only two main advertising spaces left in the publication - one full-page ad ($200) and one half-page ad ($125).

If you're interested in purchasing this advertising space, please contact Wes Daniel at wes@caulifloweralleyclub.org as soon as possible.



What Happened to the Board Briefs?

2009-01-11T08:38:39.018-08:00

If there's anybody out there who regularly reads the site (is there?), I'm sure that you may have wondered over the past several weeks what happened to the weekly Board Briefs.

After a year and a half of regular weekly board briefs and nearly three years of the feaure on a less-regular basis, believe it or not, our Directors just ran out of stories to tell! I know it seems hard to believe taht wrestlers would EVER run out of stories, but I guess it's true!

In all seriousness, we have decided to shelve the "Board Briefs" section of the website (the archives will remain in place for anybody to read) in favor of some other features. We have worked with several members to come up with monthly articles that will be posted in their place. The first monthly article, "Morgan's Corner," will be coming up within the next couple of weeks followed by some other writers and pieces.

In the meantime, we're making regular announcements of upcoming honorees and adding other tidbits of interest.

Have you made your 2009 banquet reservations yet? Time is ticking away!



Happy, Healthy New Year from Rolla, MO!

2009-01-04T13:01:16.186-08:00

Wishing everyone a very healthy and happy new year! Needless to say, we are in a very bad economy at this time, but America has been there before and will once again come through. Those of you over 50 can remember and us over 70 can reallly remember coming through bad economies before. I hope this will not keep you from the big trip for the 44th CAC reunion in Vegas this coming April13th, 14th and 15th. We are in a new location that promises to be a good move, plus very affordable rates of $57.00 and a delux upgrade for $71.00. The Gold Coast Casino and Hotel have a lot to offer, check out their web site, http://www.goldcoastcasino.com/ I think you will be impressed.

Look and see if Allegiant Airlines flys from a smaller airport near you, if so you may find a great air fare, I flew from Springfield, MO to Las Vegas last November in peak time for $99.00 round trip, with tax and fees a total of $137.00. They do not fly from everywhere, but are nice big planes and clean and newer and all leather seats. If they go near you at least check it out, also Southwest has some really good fares to Vegas via Phoenix.

Last year a lot of members complained that they did not come but would have if they knew that Steve Austin, Jim Ross, Bret Hart and Terry Funk were all there, all I can say this year there will be a bunch of first timers there, and some major names, the CAC has always tried to be sure that we never advertise someone who MAY NOT show, due to their schedule, but every year have alot of surprises and guys show up that were able to make it last minute.

There is so much going on this year, a new bowling tournament with Dr Ken Ramey, the cribbage games, the nostalgia fair, the Japanese Tribute with some really big names coming in from Japan, the banquet and the surprise IRON MIKE award. Plus the kareoke after the Baloney blowout and if like last year the bar going with everyone till around 4:00AM when Jim Ross and Steve Austin finally got tired.

Make your reservations early, the deadline at the hotel for the rates in March 13th, for the banquet is April 5th to mail them in. It makes life a lot easier for me if you do it NOW.



FLAIR...The legacy continues at the Harley Race Wrestling Academy

2008-11-19T04:36:38.913-08:00

In life we all want to be respected and admired for our achievements. The ultimate form of respect is when your fellow peers put their children and grandchildren in your hands to teach them the very business they themselves excelled in. Reid Flair, son of the legendary Ric Flair, has moved to Eldon, Missouri to begin his training at the Harley Race Wrestling Academy.

Reid joins the list of second and third generation superstars that have trained or are currently training under Harley Race including:
• Ted DiBiase and Mike Dibiase, son of the “Millon Dollar Man”, Ted DiBiase.

• Joe Hennig and Amy Hennig, grandson and granddaughter of Larry “The Axe” Hennig, who held the AWA World Team Championship with Harley Race, and son and daughter of the late “Mr.Perfect” Curt Hennig. Joe Henning who was recently signed by the WWE is currently one-half of the FCW’s Tag Team Champions. Amy Hennig is currently training at the academy and is on her way to future stardom.

• Ricky Steamboat Jr., son of wrestling great Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat is also currently training at the school and will make his mark like his father before him. He will also be leaving after the first of the year, to train in Pro Wrestling Noah’s Dojo.

Since it’s inception in 1999, Harley Race has been providing its students with the necessary tools to propel forward in the wrestling industry. Within the last five years seven students from the academy have signed with WWE. Several others have toured and trained with Japans premiere promotion ProWrestling NOAH. The Harley Race Wrestling Academy has a strong working relationship with WWE and ProWrestling NOAH. Both organizations attend the Harley Race Wrestling Camp every year to scout talent. The camp held every September in Eldon, Missouri, is the only place in the world that you will ever find both WWE and ProWrestling NOAH under one roof scouting talent.

Harley Race lived a dream every time he stepped into the ring. He continues to pass that dream along by training the superstars of tomorrow. You can achieve your dreams too and be the next superstar to graduate from the academy.

The Harley Race Wrestling Academy has moved to a larger facility at 1406 South Business Highway 54 in Eldon, Missouri. Due to the increase in size and the addition of a second ring, the school is now able to accommodate new students.
For more information you can contact the school at 573-392-4100. Or go to harleyrace.com, See pictures of the school and training session.



CAC Life Members Walk For Make-A-Wish!

2008-09-27T10:11:36.775-07:00

CAC Life Members Richie Rotten and Glenn Ulrich will be walking in the Make-A-Wish Foundation's 2008 "Walk for Wishes" on October 5 in New Jersey's Liberty State Park.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Jersey grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. All proceeds from the "Walk for Wishes" will provide the resources necessary to ensure that no medically-eligible child in New Jersey goes without a wish.

Every day people wonder how they can make a difference in today's world. Please know that through your participation you can make a significant difference in the life of a child with a life-threatening illness. A wish gives a child the chance to forget treatments and hospital stays as they plan their own unique wish, anticipate it, experience it to the fullest, and then relive it through happy memories that will sustain them and their family through the days ahead. Thank you for believing in and supporting this important mission!

To contribute to Richie Rotten's fundraising goal, click here.

To contribute to Glenn Ulrich's fundraising goal, click here.



Gorgeous George Book Review

2008-09-21T21:08:19.667-07:00

“Gorgeous George: The Outrageous Bad-Boy Wrestler Who Created American Pop Culture”What a title and what a premise to live up to. The first thought that ran through my mind was that author John Capouya was going to have a difficult time drawing a line from Gorgeous George to the likes of Ryan Seacrest and Paris Hilton, but, draw a line he does. Though it may be dotted and circuitous at times, he certainly makes a compelling case for American pop culture starting with the “Human Orchid.”I was born in 1968 and became enamored with wrestling in the early 1970s. Both of my parents remembered and spoke regularly of Gorgeous George and, from listening to their conversations, I knew that George was different than the rest of the grapplers I saw on television. EVERYBODY from my parents’ generation knew George and he was probably the last wrestler you could say that about until the days of Hulk Hogan. I never realized just how much he contributed to later staples of pro wrestling or how good he was in his role until seeing some video clips and, of course, learning more with the later advent of the internet.George’s early life isn’t covered in great detail as, honestly, there just aren’t that many (if any) people left who would be able to provide solid direction and facts. Though George was a teenager during The Great Depression, his family came through the period relatively unscathed. This information – the lack of true hardship caused by the Depression – leads one to a better understanding of how George would go on to be a spendthrift, living only for today, while so many others of his era became hoarders of money and were always concerned about the future. Betty, the first Mrs. Gorgeous George, appears in the sixth chapter of the book, titled, “His Gorgeous Muse,” and as you read you come to understand that she was not only his muse. She was his protector-from-self who eventually tired of that role and wanted simply to be his wife. The list of those influenced by George is long and certainly impossible to cover completely. James Brown, Bob Dylan, John Waters and Muhammad Ali are all covered in the book. At varying times, Ali has credited both George and Freddy Blassie with his histrionics; however, most believe, based on timelines and research that Blassie probably had more influence on Ali than George. Brown, Dylan and Waters? Point directly to George. If George would not have taken the “gimmick” as far as he did, somebody else, undoubtedly, would have; however, there is no telling when or how much impact they would have had. George’s near-perfect delivery of his schtick was enough to attract the attention of a nation in the nascency of television and, it is explained in the book, many who bought televisions in the early days did not buy television sets, rather, they bought, “wrestling sets.” In those days of “wrestling sets,” George could be seen most every night of the week in one’s living room, making him one of the most recognizable figures of the era.It’s not uncommon in wrestling or other celebrity businesses for spouses to eventually want the person they married back only to discover that person no longer exists. Sadly, as the story progressed, Betty found that George Wagner no longer existed; having been replaced with “His Gorgeousness.” Betty and George divorced and George lost his muse and his protector. The remainder of the book details George’s not-so-gradual decline leading to his Christmastime-death at the young age of 48. The story of one of the most famous people in the country dying penniless – unable to buy a skateboard for his son and living in a flophouse on Hollywood Boulevard – is sad, though not uncommon.While Gorgeous George didn’t exactly fit the bill of “being f[...]



Gorgeous George Book Contest!!!

2008-08-28T20:49:26.076-07:00

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Congratulations to our five winners in the Gorgeous George book contest!

The first five people to request the book via e-mail were:
Yan Lin
Dale Spear
Bob Leonard
Alan Osburn
Jeff Sharkey

Your books should come to you directly from Harper Collins. Thanks for your e-mails!

Harper Collins, the publishers of the critically acclaimed new book, "Georgeous George, The Outrageous Bad-Boy Wrestler Who Created American Pop Culture" is offering the first five people who respond to this post a FREE copy of the book!

This book is getting great reviews and has been covered in The New York Post and Wall Street Journal amongst other newspapers. I received my advance copy of the book and, at about half way in, I am blown away at the amount of information author John Capouya has been able to unearth.

Every fan of professional wrestling owes it to him/herself to read this historical retrospective on wrestling's first television superstar!

Send an e-mail now to wes@caulifloweralleyclub.org and include your full name and mailing address.







Donations Sought for Killer Kowalski - Fundraiser Scheduled

2008-08-28T07:48:16.425-07:00

As most everybody reading this post has heard, Walter Kowalski has been off life support since last Monday (August 18th).

A fund for Walter's medical care has been set up that is accesable ONLY by Theresa Kowalski. The address to directly send funds that will be immediately available to help with medical costs and other expenses is:

The Walter "Killer" Kowalski Memorial Fund
Citizens Bank
876 Main St.
Malden, MA 02148

There will be a benefit show held for Walter and his medical expenses in Malden, MA on Sunday, October 26 at 2PM. Theresa's wishes are that all efforts be concentrated on this one event that she will attend. A longtime friend of Walter's (and former partner in his school), Richard Byrne, has secured the venue.

All participation in the event will be donated and all proceeds will go directly into the fund. They've already had volunteers from former students to stars wanting to participate.

If you knew Walter or even if you feel you have something to lend to the show talent-wise, please contact 781-324-9568 for more details.

Over the years Walter has touched so many people, so here is a special event and opportunity to give back to Walter and Theresa who both need financial help at this time.



Welcome Newest Life Members!

2008-08-26T20:35:32.502-07:00

The Cauliflower Alley Club would like to extend a warm welcome to our two newest lifetime mebers, Peggy Patterson and Ted Lewin. Both are folks who have been members of the Club and decided to make the contribution for a life membership!

Don't forget, a life membership to the Club is only $300, $275 of which may be tax deductible as a charitable contribution.

Welcome to our ranks, Peggy and Ted!

For a list of current life members of the Cauliflower Alley Club, click here.



Update on Killer Kowalski

2008-08-10T12:09:20.699-07:00

This was received from Jamie Jamitkowski of Killer Kowalski's Pro Wrestling School:

In an effort to minimize inaccurate reports about Walter "Killer" Kowalski, his wife has asked us to send a brief update:

Initial reports by Georgiann Makropolous were correct in that Walter did, in fact, have a heart attack late on Friday. At the time, he was revived, placed on life-support and transferred from the nursing facility to an area hospital. Friday night and Saturday were critical for Walter. As of Saturday evening, Walter was more responsive to those around him, including some visitors from the wrestling industry. He is still being assisted by medical equipment but certain vital signs have improved slightly. The medical staff is hoping that he will continue to stabilize.

Walter is still in serious condition and we can all only hope for continued improvement. His wife believes that his slight improvement is due to the thoughts and prayers that he has been receiving from around the world. She asks that everyone continue to pray for Walter.

As always, messages can be sent to Walter through his school: www.killerkowalskis.com or through the mailing address on the site.

Again, we ask that everyone think of Walter during this difficult time and resist the spread of inaccurate information and reports.

Thank you,



RIP: Inita Conway wife of Tiger Conway Sr.

2008-08-10T00:00:36.058-07:00

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Inita Marie Conway, wife of Tiger Conway Sr. passed away August 6, 2008. Services will be held Monday, August 11, 2008, at Pinecrest Presbyterian- 4913 Market St. Visitation will be held from 10:00 - 11:00a.m. Funeral Service will begin at 11:00a.m. Interment-Houston Memorial Gardens.
If you would like to sign the online guest book it is found HERE


The Cauliflower Alley Club sends its condolences to the family and friends of Inita Conway.




Killer Kowalksi Suffers Heart Attack

2008-08-09T07:31:40.645-07:00

The Cauliflower Alley Club has received word that Walter "Killer" Kowalski suffered a major heart attack on Friday night. Killer is now in ICU in a MA hospital. There are no further details at this time.

Please keep Killer and his wife in your thoughts and prayers.



Walter "Killer" Kowalski Grapples with Mortality

2008-07-28T19:04:09.872-07:00

Thanks to Diane Devine for passing along The Boston Herald article about our Walter "Killer" Kowalski today. Unfortunately, Killer is in a nursing home with bad knees.

According to the article, one of the things that keeps him cheerful is receiving cards and letters. If you'd like to send him words of encouragement, they can be sent to:
Walter Kowalski
Everett Nursing Home
289 Elm St.
Everett, MA 02149

To read the full article, please click here.



43rd annual CAC reunion t-shirt

2008-07-17T12:24:13.805-07:00

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Did you miss the annual CAC Reunion? Or did you miss the chance to purchase a Cauliflower Alley Club Authorized reunion t-shirt? Now is your chance to obtain one of the highly sought after 43rd annual CAC Reunion t-shirts.

The Cauliflower Alley Club authorized only 288 shirts to be made (this is the only CAC Authorized shirt). Of the 288, we only have 70 left! This is a first come first serve offer! Get your order in the mail today. The only sizes remaining are:

Limited amounts of
SMALL
MEDIUM
LARGE
X LARGE
XX LARGE
XXXX LARGE ( 2 or 3 left of this size)

If you would like to verify your size requested. You can email Board member Charlie Smith at nwa_ref@yahoo.com

These Shirts are $20.00 each plus $1.95 shipping in the United States. Send your check or money order or credit card info to:
Cauliflower Alley Club
HCR33 Box 107
Rolla MO. 65401
They will be shipped within a few days.



ATTENTION: If You Wrestled At The CAC Show.....

2008-07-08T17:44:56.067-07:00

If you wrestled on the Monday night show at Cauliflower Alley Club's reunion last month, it is important that you contact Dean Silverstone at cacdean@hotmail.com regarding your CAC membership.

There were several membership applications that are either illegible or are not completely filled out. Please contact Dean as soon as possible to ensure that your membership is correct in our database.

Thank you.



CAC President to Receive Honor

2008-07-07T17:51:11.241-07:00

Nick Bockwinkel has been voted into the Class of 2009 for the George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame, it was announced recently. The Hall of Fame is located in the Dan Gable International Wrestling Institute and Museum, in Waterloo, Iowa. The pro hall has its own separate wing where the honorees are represented by beautiful plaques in the Hall of Fame Court.

Next year's group will be the 11th class. The hall of fame honors athletes who (1) had a large impact on the professional sport, and (2) exhibited true wrestling ability as evidenced either by their amateur background or by the consensus of the hall of fame voting committee. The committee is comprised of all living hall of fame members and four wrestling historians.

Nick will be one of three living inductees and there will also be three deceased inductees, the others to be announced later. The date of next year's inductions has not been set yet. The museum was hit hard by the recent floods in Iowa and is closed for reconstruction. For more details, see the Dan Gable museum web site.



Thinking of "The Dog"

2008-07-01T07:24:41.151-07:00

The CAC has received word that Maurice "Mad Dog" Vachon is still in rehab at the Windsor Regional Hospital after undergoing knee replacement surgery. Mad Dog is facing some challenges because he is in a lot of pain and is not recovering as quickly as he would like.

Anybody who would like to send a card, letter or other words of well-wishes can do so to:

Maurice Vachon
1995 Lens Ave.
Windsor, Ont.
N8W 1L9
Canada

Please remember this is a rehab facility / hospital, so please send your cards and letters quickly to be sure he receives them!



The Penny Banner Women's Project

2008-07-01T07:13:58.754-07:00

Bishop Jason Sanderson is pleased to announce the establishment of the Penny Banner Women’s Project aimed at providing support and relief for the women of the war torn Democratic Republic of Congo.

Since the beginning of the Civil War in the country in 1998, nearly 5.4 million people have died either as a direct result of the war itself, the resulting epidemics brought about by malnutrition and pestilence, or as the result of a society that has yet to be satisfactorily rebuilt following the end of the hostilities. These conditions were further exacerbated by the AIDS epidemic that continues to spread through Africa.

As a result, many women lost homes and families and became destitute in a society in which they do not have significant status and in which violence against women is perceived as normal. Women who have no means of supporting themselves are often at the mercies of exploitation. In 2006, the UN, and African studies reported that improving the status of women, as well as preventing violence against them, was deemed to be a small priority.

In response to this, the Liberal Catholic Church International has formed The Penny Banner Women’s Project to meet the following goals:

  • To provide women with the means of learning a trade to be able to achieve financial independence.
  • To provide education to the Congolese society to discourage violence against women.
  • To provide Congolese women with refuge from domestic violence.
  • To provide women with the spiritual and material means to assist in the rebuilding of Congolese society.

This project is named in memory of Penny Banner, former AWA Women’s Heavyweight wrestling champion. Penny was a woman who experience firsthand discrimination against women, and the struggles a single mother faced through domestic upheaval from which she was able to establish herself as a successful businesswoman and leader of the sport of professional wrestling and in her community. In the face of these obstacles she maintained a faith in God, a spirit of compassion and courage and became an example to others for her continued efforts to improve not only her life, but the lives of others. It is therefore felt that she would be a stirring example to women who are faced with these same situations.

For more information, or to find out how to help, contact Bishop Jason Sanderson at bpsanderson90@yahoo.com




A "Hunk" Of A CAC Life Member

2008-06-25T07:22:15.005-07:00

CAC member and supporter, Richie Rotten, submitted the following news bit:

Glenn Ulrich, the youngest life member in CAC history, was selected "Hunk of the Day" for June 25 at www.prowrestlingdigest.com (scroll about half way down the page). Glenn has been having a great month of June, having attended the CAC Reunion, competed in the battle royal at the Reunion, graduated high school, won his BWO match against Preacher and now being named "Hunk of the Day."

Congratulations, Glenn! Keep up the good work!



Waterloo, IA Hall of Fame In Need of Help

2008-06-18T19:17:46.275-07:00

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I spoke to BJ Race this morning. As I understand it, the Iowa Hall of Fame DID NOT have flood insurance. This means that this already near-catastrophic damage will be even harder for them to work their way out of.

She and Harley's World League Wrestling are, of course, doing a benefit show for the Waterloo Hall this weekend. In addition, she is planning on holding a silent auction during the weekend. She has asked for donations of memorabilia to be auctioned off at the Induction Weekend and has already gotten commitments from Roddy Piper, Bret Hart and Wendy Weaver to bring items to be added to the silent auction.

I will be sending some of my memorabilia that I hope will help the Hall and am hoping that some other folks can do the same. If you have items to donate to the silent auction, please get in touch with me and I will figure out a way to place you in touch with the Race's to schedule delivery.

Time is short as they are leaving next Wednesday, so we have to get it to them quickly. BJ has also told me that any items that might not sell at the Iowa Hall would then be donated to the Cauliflower Alley Club to be auctioned for their Benevolent Fund next year.

Any questions, e-mail me at wes@caulifloweralleyclub.org

Thanks for your support!