Wednesday, January 26, 2005

RIP - Tony Lanza

From Karl Lauer -

Tony Lanza, a former wrestler known as one of the truly great wrestling photographers, died in his native Montreal at age 84.

Tony was a member of the CAC for over 20 years and sent us a lot of great photos for use in our projects. Tony was a close friend of all 3 presidents and is highly respected the world over for his contribution to the business.

There is a fine tribute of him on the Slam web site, written by our own Greg Oliver.

We at the CAC send our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Tony Lanza.

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Sign-Up Form for Wrestling Seminar

Les Thatcher, Harley Race and Scott Casey are back again to teach the young bucks a thing or two, and to put on the wrestling show.

To take part in this event, please fill out an application. This event is free.

2005 Cribbage Tournament Announced

The 2005 Cauliflower Alley Club Benevolent fund / Dick "THE DESTROYER" Byers Cribbage Tournament will once again be held at the CAC reunion in April. The first tournament held saw Butcher Vachon leave with the trophy. The second year it was Larry "THE AXE" Hennig. Who will it be in 2005?

"THE DESTROYER", Dick Byers is very upset. He started this tournament 3 years ago. And has yet to take home the trophy. "THE DESTROYER" claims, "I am the best cribbage player of all time! I started this tournament and one way or another I will prevail this year. There is no wrestler (retired or other wise) that can beat me in a three year period. This years tournament will be the DESTROYER'S TOURNAMENT! And I will leave with the trophy."

Previous participants include Ox Baker, Al Friend, Fred Curry, Butcher Vachon, Dick Byers along with so many more legends of Pro Wrestling.
Now is your chance to sit face to face with a Pro-Wrestling legend and try to get a pin fall over your opponent. The names are drawn and the brackets are then writing down. Nobody knows who they will face until this time.

Entry is open to everyone, here is your chance to play against the best wrestler/cribbage players in a no holds barred winner take all battle of the cribbage board. The winner will receive the championship plaque and the winners name will be placed on the club records as a true champion. Your photo will also be placed on the Cauliflower Alley Clubs official website as a true champion.

It will run Friday afternoon and again on Saturday. So to coordinate with other events. The entry fee will once again be $20.00 donation to the benevolent fund, a tax receipt will be given to any one who asks as a tax deductible donation. You can sign up and pay for this, one of a kind tournament at the reception / sign in table prior to the tournament.
Or of course contact Dick Byers anytime during the day at the reunion.

RIP - Pistol Pez Whatley

Peter "Pez" Whatley, who gained much fame during his run in Georgia and the Mid-Atlantic region, died yesterday after a long illness. Pez also wrestled as Shaska Whatley in a high-profile feud with Jimmy Valiant for Jim Crockett in the mid-80s, and as Willie B. Hert in Continental.

A tribute will be posted shortly in our Finishes/RIP section.

Monday, January 10, 2005

Call the Riviera Direct

We have had several members trying to make their hotel reservations by the internet, and it has come back they are sold out for Friday and Saturday at the reduced rate. That is because we have blocked 150 rooms at our rate. You must use the 800 number and call for your room at the Riviera. There are still about 80 rooms left for both nights. Call 1-800-634-6753 and say your with the Cauliflower Alley Club. We need you to book these rooms for the club to get the space credit for all the other events including the hospitality area, the nostalgia fair area and the wrestling seminar area. this is a total of 6000 Sq.Ft., all on the ground floor and near the elevators. We are 38% sold out, and with 6 to 10 a day or so coming in, should sell out around February 27th. So don't miss the 40th reunion with a week end to remember. You can reserve your banquet seats by FAX,at 573-729-7998 by E mail at by post office to HCR33 BOX 107, Rolla MO 65401 or by in person phone call to 573-729-2775 but please call before 10:00PM central time.