Tuesday, February 13, 2007

RIP: Bob Luce

Former CAC member and wrestling promoter Bob Luce passed away Thursday February 8th on the eve of his 79th birthday.

Ahead of his time in the sports-as-entertainment world, Luce was a wrestling promoter extraordinaire in the 1960s and '70s.

Luce died Thursday on the eve of his 79th birthday. Bob's passion became wrestling in general and marketing it in particular. He was literally wedded to the game, marrying a star female wrestler named Sharon Lass.

He brought noted grapplers such as Andre the Giant, Dick the Bruiser, Buddy Rogers, Gorgeous George and Verne Gagne to Chicago, showcased them in appearances, including his weekly local TV show leading up to his events, and introduced them with elaborate music as they entered the arena.

His main place of business was the International Amphitheater, where he reportedly drew 120,000 fans to 14 shows with gross receipts in excess of $325,000 in 1968, all impressive numbers at that time.

The CAC sends condolences to the friends and family of Bob Luce