Wednesday, October 14, 2009

What Sucks…The Reaper

This summer was an exercise in talking about how much the Reaper sucked- so much so in fact I started to believe the Reaper was just offing people for the attention. So when he took the woman from Peter, Paul & Mary (Mary Tavers) and noted jazz musician and power forward Wayman Tisdale, I didn’t even post about it. But today, I can’t ignore that the Reaper took Captain Lou Albano, the great wrestler, manager of wrestlers and scene stealer from Cindi Lauper videos at the all-too-young age of 76.

Captain Lou revolutionized wrestling in the mid-to-late 80’s by seeing something that no one else at the time had the vision to see, specifically that wrestling could be combined with music and that that combo would INCREASE its popularity. Seriously, who knew?

Captain Lou also revolutionized rubber bands in terms of using them with beards and as facial piercings and I shudder to think where the careers of Magnificent Don Muraco, The Samoans, and Greg “The Hammer” Valentine would have gone if not for his guidance.

Captain Lou, RIP.

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2 comments: said...

At last God has someone cool to hang with - it should help us all -and- you know God now has a rubberband in his cheek.

MMayes said...

Thanks for posting the Wrestling Album. I haven't seen a photo of Mean Gene Okerlund, Hillbilly Jim and the Junkyard Dog together in a long time.