Archive for July, 2009

Muchnick Book Club: QUEEN OF THE RING by Jeff Leen

Published July 29th, 2009, Uncategorized

I’m most of the way through a wonderful new book, The Queen of the Ring: Sex, Muscles, Diamonds, and the Making of an American Legend by Jeff Leen, assistant managing editor for investigations at The Washington Post. This is a biography of Mildred Burke, who along with her husband, wrestler-turned-booker Billy Wolfe, took women’s wrestling […]

Wrestling Babylon YouTube Channel Adds Classic Muchnick Interview Clips

Published July 28th, 2009, Uncategorized

The Wrestling Babylon channel at YouTube has added two classic clips of national television interviews by author Irvin Muchnick to promote magazine articles that were later collected in his book WRESTLING BABYLON: Piledriving Tales of Drugs, Sex, Death, and Scandal. In June 1991, Muchnick was on ESPN’s “Up Close,” where he was interviewed by host […]

Chris Hedges’ New Jeremiad … And a Plague of Chrises

Published July 27th, 2009, Uncategorized

Chris Hedges has published a new book called Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle. Hedges is an award-winning journalist and a bestselling author, and he’s intellectually double-jointed: one of his earlier books was I Don’t Believe in Atheists, and he has debated Christopher Hitchens, the scourge of religious crazies, […]

Damien Steele Was 34

Published July 27th, 2009, Uncategorized

Touching up our earlier item, Julie Patterson tells me that Damien Dothard (“Damien Steele”) actually turned 34 on June 27. The funeral in Georgia is now set for 2 p.m. Wednesday. The friends of Damien at Facebook note that, in lieu of flowers, donations are solicited for the support of the two young children he […]

Damien Dothard (“Steele”) Cause of Death: Aneurysm

Published July 26th, 2009, Uncategorized

Here are full details on the death of Damien Dothard (“Damien Steele” in WWE developmental and for one televised WWE match, and in Deep South Wrestling). According to Julie Patterson, who told me that she dated him on and off for nine years, Damien, 33, died of a brain aneurysm at his home in Smyrna, […]