Friday, June 16, 2006

Snapshots from Vegas - part four

Once again, Reggie Parks & Dave Millican donated a gorgeous belt for us to raffle off. These belts have become unique collectors items. (To see their web site, click HERE.)

Several people donated materials to be raffled or acuctioned off. Their kindness allows us to raise a great deal of funds for the CAC, and we sincerely appreciate all they have done.

The Baloney Blowout was fun and informal, as always. It's a time for old
friends to spend time with one another, grab a bite to eat, and just let their hair down.

(pictured) 2006 honoree Pepper Martin, one of wrestling's great storytellers, sure knew how to entertain the crowd with his vivid tales of wrestling in the 50s and 60s. If you have never met Pepper, you don't know what you are missing. He is one of the true treasures of the entertainment business.

Past honoree Frey Tormenta, who's amazing life story is being told in the new Jack Black film Nacho Libre, was there with his family. Although the film is only loosely based on Tormenta, it's still an amazing thing. We are very proud to have him as a part of the CAC, and look forward to seeing he and his family each year.

JJ Dillon, of Four Horseman fame, signed copies of his new book (one of the best ever written on wrestling, incidentally), then later co-hosted the banquet on Saturday night. He was definitely a busy man! Ross Hart represented his legendary family with dignity and charm, as always. Hart may be soft-spoken, but he carries the same authority made famous by his father, the late Stu Hart.

Amongst the famous names: Tiger Conway Jr. and Sr. , Bob Geigel, Rock Riddle, Buddy Wolff, Al Friend, Ox Baker, Oliver Humperdink and Gary Hart. Many more were there, telling lies, road tales and jokes, and sharing in the joy of being together again.

There was a nice mix of fans, too, coming from all over the globe. The wrestlers were genuinely pleased to spend time with such respectful, educated people.

*Photos courtesy of John Arthur Lowe*