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Search the history of over billion web pages on the Internet. Cousins of Anarchism Lantern Library: In , when I was eight years old, they got there, won their first World Series, and against the hated, uptown Yankees.
There was, literally, dancing in the streets. I didn't dance too shy , but my heart did. Two years later, I was a baseball orphan. The Dodgers disappeared as completely as the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel — the team relocating, an un- proven legend has long had it, beside a warmer ocean.
Except for a brief, sardonic, teen- age fling with the "Can't anybody here play this game? The cause of my fall, or perhaps restoration, was the coming of baseball-age of a son, a son whose heritage was just as terrible as mine had once been.
He was Boston- born, a Red Sox fan. It began innocently enough, with a few games during the season. We went, we cheered, we ate hot dogs, and Adam kept an unintel- ligible scorecard. Norman Rockwell could have painted us. The Sox were going nowhere. It couldn't have been less dangerous a flirtation. Late on the night of October 25, , I woke Adam from sleep. Bot- tom of the 10th, the Sox ahead , two outs, and stopper Calvin Schiraldi on the mound. The Sox were one out away from being there.
Come on, I said, come see something nobody's seen for 70 years. I carried him, warm with sleep, to the televi- sion. We watched what happened and then I put a sobbing seven-year-old back in his bed. I did not wake Adam during the seventh game.
I let him sleep. When he opened his eyes in the morning, he knew. Over the next days I tried to solace him. I told him about the Brooklyn Dodgers. I told him about the Cubs. I told him about places that had no baseball or, almost as bad, teams that played on grey-green carpets beneath circus tent roofs. I made sure he knew the players were well paid for their pain, earning in a month of play — and some in a week — what his father made in a year.
Two seasons have since passed, one inglorious, one with its moments. The Sox still haven't gotten there. We go to the ballpark. We cheer, we eat hot dogs. Adam keeps a scorecard that would do Red Barber proud.
Once we waited three hours during a rain delay and were rewarded with abandoned box seats close enough to Wally Joyner that we could hear him pop his bubble-gum bubbles. Once we saw Busty Hart plain. If we could be rational about this, we would avert our eyes from the green diamond. We would take up butterfly collecting or flower-drying and fill our summers with innocence. But we can't and we won't. We, too, are innocent, but our innocence is of another variety. It is baseball's in- nocence, the innocence of hope, of it ain't over till it's over.
Every pitcher, as he toes the rubber, is about to fire a strike over the corner. Every batter, as he steps to the plate, is about to loft one where no ball has been before. Every game is ready to be perfect. The story of Joe Morgan '53, who knows all this, too, and more, and to whose team my son and I have en- trusted the summer of , begins on page Gill, SJ, '56; Amanda V.
Mahoney '50, MA '52; James G. McNiff '59; Margaret E. Monahan '81; Carole M. Petillo; Christopher Wilson; John F. Wissler '57, MBA Second class postage paid at Boston, Mass. All publication rights reserved. BCM is not responsible for unsolicited manuscripts. Opinions expressed in Boston College Magazine do not necessarily reflect the views of the University. BCM is distributed free of charge to alumni, faculty, staff and parents of undergraduate students. Stop worrying, he says, they work — even in the year of Bush vs.
Joe Morgan of the Wichita Braves. Baseball card page 37 courtesy Sportsworld, Everett, Mass. I could never, even seeing him 20 years after graduation, call him anything but Mr.
Knowing the institution contained, in Gasson Hall across from the mailboxes, a small office in which a tall, lean man seemed to be waiting for a visit was reassuring. His message always was that a student was at the college to make choices, and that the student must not be in- timidated by any institution. It was exactly in this spirit that, after a freshman orientation talk in which an Army ROTC officer told us that we'd better join up or run the risk of being drafted while in college, Mr.
Jenks, in a calm, steady voice, told us we must not worry about be- ing drafted while still students, which in fact, deferred us, and that joining ROTC or not must be a free choice. I recall the Army officer, sitting on the stage, looking blankly at him. He was the very first person to whom I showed my writing — at that time poetry.
I sat across from him at his desk while he, the skin of his face from time to time tightening when he paused, stared past me, seemingly fixed on something that had nothing to do with my being in his office. He suggested I pay attention to the meter of my lines. He wrote dashes and ictuses over the syllables to show me how to consider the meter, which he said was more important than the rhyme.
I never for a second doubted his seriousness about my poems, though I'm sure there was in fact very little to be serious about, least of all my own seriousness.
I tried very hard to write in regular rhythms, though rhyme continued to dominate my poems, and I recall one that began: He was like a Japanese with fleas Jenks had the great virtue of allowing one to say things, to show him written things, that would have been too embarrassing to say or show to anyone else, things that came from one's slowly awakening awareness that one did have choices, and that one needn't be embarrassed by them.
I wonder if I can convey the risk that I was taking — and the real fear of taking that risk — by writing a poem that condemned war. Jenks was the only person I would have shown this to. When the editor of the magazine Poetry came to the college on a visit and a few students were invited to sit in a circle about him and hear him criticize their poems, my poem, without my knowing it would be, was read out to him by Mr. Jenks, who sat very straight, his long legs crossed, the sheaf of student works resting on his sharp knee.
The editor said the poem reminded him of Carl Sandburg, and he wasn't a great ad- mirer of Sandburg. Up until then, I thought him a major poet. Jenks had done for me was to justify my risk simply by his reading my poem out. He made me and, I'm sure, many others believe that the choices I made in private, the almost fantasy choices that seemed to have very little to do with the real world, were in fact the most important choices, and that I should dare to make them public.
I owe him a lot. David Plante '61 London, England Sandy Jenks served as a "develop- mental anchor" in my life, a secure base that I inevitably returned to. He would help me make sense of ex- perience; offer encouragement, sup- port and insight; and then I would depart back to the real world. Sandy was always there with sage advice, good humor, and even his personal lawyer when it looked like I might need one. In the 20 years since my gradua- tion, I seemed to be out of the coun- try more than in it.
Yet when I returned I always paid a visit to Boston for dinner with Sandy. I know that some of his warmth, sensitivity and caring endures within me. I was one of the many BC students fortunate to have him as a teacher.
What a well-deserved tribute to a fine gentleman, a deeply dedicated teacher and true Boston College man. Dick Carpenter '55 East Norwalk, Connecticut Your excellent portrayal of Sandy Jenks as an exceptional mentor and true friend was all the more rein- forced by the splendid coverage in the same issue given Judge David S.
You see, David is also from that legion of proteges whose lives are bet- ter understood and more meaningful for there having been a Sandy Jenks at Boston College. Is the official Catholic Church a little leery of art? Also he seems unaware of the establish- ment in many dioceses in the United States and Europe of "Art and Ar- chitecture Commissions" to en- courage and advance religious and spiritual art. C, is but one example of the "of- ficial Catholic Church" involved in a positive, practical way with art and the church.
Women, then and now The article "Shades of '68" Fall presented an amusing piece of "cultural history" about Boston Col- lege life, reproducing excerpts from the "Resident Women's Handbook It is degrading to the women in to imply, even in jest, that com- pliance with rules perpetuating a dou- ble standard fulfills the definition of a Carolyn M.
Dever '88 Cambridge, Massachusetts A message for Michael The Ray Hawkins article ["By leaps and bounds"] in the Fall issue was a special treat for this track team alumnus. I was surprised to find the name of Michael Johnson '70, omitted from the list of athletes who could legitimately dispute Hawkins' claim to speed fame./p>
American Urban Legends and Their Meanings. Like "Alligators in the Sewers" and "The Ken- tucky Fried Rat," the tales outlined on the following pages are broadly thought to be true but are not necessarily traceable to their primary sources. They were collected over an embarrassingly short period of research at Boston College last summer. In the spirit of accuracy that imbues the theses themselves, we feel compelled to admit that most "happened to a friend," according to the storyteller; though one did happen "to my second wife's first husband.
Asked for tales of dissertation hor- ror, he paused for a long moment and then asked, "More horrible, you mean, than having to write the dissertation in the first place? Where can it be safe from common thieves, secure from sudden fire, and yet close at hand? You guessed it — the refrig- erator's freezer. There it is placed. Off goes the writer, returning home that evening or one evening soon to discover a spanking new refrigerator in the apartment and a very self-satisfied landlord.
The milk was transfer- red, the butter, the flagon of Gallo chablis. How did you guess? This one, how- ever, has an unlikely and happier ending. A woman doctoral student accidentally leaves her thesis in a taxi she is taking to the airport.
She discovers the loss while aloft en route to the Bahamas. Where a graduate student gets the money to go to the Bahamas is not explained. Academic truth may, in- deed, be stranger than fiction. Upon arrival in the tropics she immediately books a return flight to Boston. At the cab company she gets the driver's home address, but upon reaching his house learns that the cab has been bor- rowed by a friend.
She tracks down the friend and learns, to her horror, that he's wrecked the car and it's been towed to a ser- vice station. Doctoral candidate achieves an interesting state of nervous tension, rushes home and reaches for the telephone to call the garage. A knock on the door. Enter a begrimed auto repairman who hands the thesis undamaged to its author. The shop foreman, it turns out, had a Ph. Only in Boston, maybe.
The Tale of the Enlightened Thief Number of sources: Inside the briefcase containing the only copy is also the author's wife's bikini. The bikini is recovered by the police near the scene of the crime. The thesis is never seen again. He incorporates said details into his eloquent dissertation and mails the only copy back to his advisor before taking off for a little sightseeing.
Returning to the States a few weeks later, Smith calls his advisor to get a reaction to the opus. A kinder variant has Smith subse- quently discover that, lo and behold, he didn't send the thesis to his advisor; he sent pages from another research project.
The Tale of the Canadian Thesis Number of sources: Thesis drops to the bottom of very deep lake or is borne away on rag- ing current. The intriguing question here, of course, is why the thesis was in the wilderness at all. The story is that the student submits Thesis A to the review jury. Somehow Thesis B, another student's opus, comes before the jury in- stead. Thesis B, a lesser work, is rejected. The exhausted and frustrated author flings up his hands and gives up doctoral pursuits.
Years later his suspicion that the wrong thesis was considered are borne out by a thorough search at the school, and he is granted his doctorate belatedly but with con- siderable honor and many wire service stories. It is said that this actually happened at the University of Chicago and that the student was in his 70s and retired from work when he received his degree. Unfortunately, a check of the facts with the University of Chicago reveals that the story is somewhat different.
The thesis was not switched, but rejected in and then re-examined and accepted in The Tale of the Angry Hound Number of sources: Her friend was completing his thesis and training his Golden Retriever puppy at the same time. One day the puppy commit- ted a puppy crime.
Master locks the dog in a room. This room, of course, is master's study. Too late, master awakes to his folly. He flings open the door to discover the room papered with wet dissertation the only copy, natch. There the story ends. What happened to the thesis? Where is the dog buried? The Tale of the Marginal Thesis Number of sources: After the requisite weeks of day-and-night careful typing to make the deadline, the doc- toral student hands in the thesis only to have it handed back for retyping because the ad- visor found the margins a touch too narrow.
The Tale of the Miffed Advisor Number of sources: The advisor sets to reading and discovers that the disser- tation runs counter to cherished theories by which he or she makes his or her living and reputation.
The student returns a few days later. Ah, yes, says the advisor and begins to rummage on the desk. The rummaging — desk, file cabinets and bookshelves — goes on for some time, and to no avail.
For some reason, the ad- visor in this tale is always a very famous academic. Perhaps it solaces the majority of doctoral students, who are forced to work with lesser lights. This one has an alleged classical antece- dent. Thomas Carlyle, it's said, had to rewrite his history of the French Revolution from scratch after his thesis advisor, John Stuart Mill, tossed the first version in the fire.
Whether he did this out of pique or to be warm is not known. Senior writer Brian Doyle is a member of the Office of Com- munications staff and has never written a thesis.
Stop worrying, he says, they work— even in the year of Bush vs. Dukakis Alexander Shtromas, a visiting professor of political science at Boston Col- lege, has personally felt the workings of nearly every manner of government known to the 20th century. Bom in independent Lithuania, he lived under Soviet rule following the Hitler-Stalin pact, and then under the Nazi regime after Germany invaded Lithuania in Educated in Moscow following the war, and a lawyer and teacher there, he emigrated to Great Britain in He currently holds an appointment on the political science faculty of the University of Salford, in Manchester.
This year, for the third time he was in America for the Carter-Ford and Reagan-Mondale races , Shtromas was able to observe an American election at first hand. Our elections are no longer about issues, but personalities.
This is absolutely true, and a particularly American phenomenon. As a foreign obser- ver, as a citizen of a parliamentary democracy, one can't help but be struck by the invisibility of the party platforms in this country.
In European parliamentary demo- cracies, the candidate for prime minister or any seat is assumed to have no personal ideological assumptions, no axes to grind, ex- cept those expressed by his or her party's manifesto or platform. Debates and discus- sions that precede a European election, therefore, are inevitably centered upon this manifesto. And one may — one must, in fact — sometimes vote for an outright fool because one agrees with the position of the party that candidate represents.
Not that per- sonalities are irrelevant in European elec- tions, because they certainly are not. But they are a side show. Here, however, they occupy the center ring. At the same time, one can't help but em- pathize with an electorate that fails to get ex- cited about the intricacies of the budget deficit, said by both candidates to be the number one issue.
For the average citizen, knowing that the budget deficit is excessive is like knowing that a large meteor is about to collide with the Earth. People know that this is an important fact, but why it's happening they don't know and don't expect to know. They have to trust the experts to understand it, deal with it and correct it. Similarly, they know that the budget deficit is a specialist 's problem and they must assume that either candidate will bring in specialists to deal with it, which is not to say they have any means of judging which specialists have more cor- rect theories or solutions.
A similar condition holds for another "im- portant" issue — crime. Here, again, this is not an issue that points to the differences be- tween political parties. There is no party in the world that would declare toleration for crime or drug abuse. And the electorate, knowing this, must find it entirely unim- pressive as an issue. Look, for another example, at what Dukakis offered as his issues: Those are not real issues.
Those are episodes; and that's what led to his disaster. You can't win an election by appealing to minority concerns and virtually ignoring the mainstream. Cer- tainly much of American politics is about ag- gregating minorities, but the theme behind the aggregation has to have an appeal that reaches beyond the affected minorities.
Ken- nedy and Johnson, for example, aggregated many small segments of the population by providing a vision of civil and social justice. And they were successful because the sense of fair play, of basic rights, inherent in their vision, could appeal to mainstream America, even if the person voting had no need of bet- ter public housing, or had no trouble voting or riding in the front of the bus.
Dukakis, however, wasn't talking about basic rights, but petty welfare arrangements. If that doesn't concern me — if I don't need those arrangements — then I don't care. Given the poor quality of the issues, it is entirely understandable that the American process of campaigning for the presidency has the candidates attacking each others' per- sonalities in a most un-European fashion.
In England, such attacks would be called bad manners and would not be tolerated. Having said that all this is true, I must now say, so what? Is there anything intrin- sically wrong with ignoring the party plat- form once it is passed, or attacking the per- sonal qualities of your opponent? With apologies to the many American breast- beaters, my answer is no. Here I side with Hegel — everything that is real is reasonable. If campaigns of the nature we have re- cently witnessed take place, then they take place for a reason, and they pay dividends that Europeans might not appreciate or.
If that were not the case, things would soon change. The media, by focusing on sound bites and not on substance, tend to further degrade the electoral process, raising trivial as opposed to substantial issues. The media has no role to play in politics ex- cept as part of the package.
If the candidates aim low, the media aim low. Blaming the media for a poor level of discourse is useless. If the media exercise power out of proportion to their place in a democracy, if they manipulate, indoctrinate or set the agenda for the public, then it is a comment on the public, not the media. The media will respond to complaints, to 1 do not applaud voter apathy, but I think it is a healthy thing when citizens do not seem to be so convinced govern- ment can provide them with purpose they cannot find elsewhere in their lives.
What Rather and Brokaw and Jennings want most is to be recognized as wise men, as pundits. This is very apparent from the advertising the networks use to promote them. If they are wise, is the obvious feeling, the public will tune in each evening in great numbers. But to be a pundit you must be credible; you can never allow the public to resent or despise you. But if you behave shallowly or without courtesy and deliver a poor product, and the public still believes in your wisdom, still buys your product, then what reason is there to change?
Two television moments during the cam- paign struck me as peculiarly American in nature. Bush won this easily because he was as adamant and as strong in his denials of guilt as Rather was obnoxious and blatantly discourteous in his charges of guilt.
Under similar conditions in England, a noted BBC correspondent was recently forced to make a public apology. Our rules allow hard questions, putting the minister or candidate in a corner, but they don't allow for harassment. In Britain that would not have been tolerated. Shaw would have been out of his job. In a tough American manner, however — perhaps a cowboy manner, as Europeans would see it — Shaw was only doing his job.
Still, I was struck by it. In Europe a question like that would be unimaginable. Voter turnout is shamefully low, indicating cynicism or a lack of political interest on the part of American voters. Again, to foreign and pragmatic eyes, this seems a false issue.
It would be nice if every' one voted, but non-voters do vote — they vote to allow others to choose. This does not change the fact that within each state the ma- jority of voters decides who they want as president; and that, in fact, is all the Con- stitution requires. Recently, the British Labour Party, in a by-election, lost a seat in Glasgow that it had held since time immemorial. The last Labour candidate was returned by a 19, vote ma- jority, something Mrs. Thatcher herself does not get in her own Finchley constituency.
This time, however, the Labour candidate lost by 3, votes in a turnout of 38 percent of voters. You might say this is a real prob- lem, something has gone wrong.
Something indeed did go wrong; there is a real problem; but it is a problem in the Labour Party. The voters lost confidence in its abilities to prop- erly represent them, and so they didn't turn out. This, too, is a vote. There is a second issue here, however, that I think deserves to be mentioned. It is that as human beings we always long for purpose, and we sometimes hope the purpose will be provided by the state, by political in- stitutions. It's a dangerous expectation, one that, in its most extreme instance, leads to Hitler, who indeed provided the Germans with a common goal, with something that made them feel meaningful, purposeful.
And so, while I do not applaud voter apathy or cynicism, I think it is a healthy thing when citizens do not seem to be so completely reliant on, and enamored of, government, so convinced it can provide them with purpose they cannot find elsewhere in their lives.
The time-consuming primary season, its demands on the candidates and reliance on small segments of voters to deter- mine national party preference, is a poor means of choosing the best candidates for the presidency. As a European, and I think this is a widespread view among politically concerned Britons, I am envious of the American pri- mary system.
It is a wonderful contribution to democracy, in that it actively involves the citizen in choosing his actual representatives in the highest offices of political power. I would love to have the opportunity to deter- mine who stands for Parliament in my dis- trict on behalf of the party I support. This decision is made for me by party selection committees in smoke-filled rooms, and I must vote for this candidate even if I think little of him, as it happens I do.
At the same time, we Europeans are al- ways astonished to hear the reports of elec- tion periods lasting two years or even four years. When a British campaign runs two months we hear complaints that it's gone on too long.
I think the complaints are mis- targeted. I think we resent the lack of choice we have and, in fact, complain about it. Of course there is a negative side to a long campaign, to a primary season. The state of Massachusetts, for example, lost its governor for a considerable period of time, which was certainly a sacrifice, though how large a sacrifice one doesn't know, because even in the absence of a leader, a sophisticated bureaucracy will carry on. Also, as is often noted, the skills that tend to get rewarded in the primaries, which are skills at making an impression on voters, are very different from the skills that are required of statesmen.
And so the winners, it's said, tend to be good campaigners, but not necessarily good and qualified statesmen, which is to say the kind of people who can digest enormous amounts of information and on that basis make the one right decision. But these do not make up a very high price to pay for having a better system of democracy. I don't believe, for example, that any government jobs are done better in Great Britain than here because politicians in Great Britain don't have to spend as much time on elections and have, therefore, more time to spend governing.
Secondly, politi- cians always have to be good campaigners or they would never get elected, and statesman- ship is a gift that strikes few people and can go largely unrecognized until put to the test. Could we say that in the pre-primary era the so-called backroom boys were better able to recognize and advance true statesmen?
Our candidates for presidential office are weak and are no longer representative of the best leadership in America. Weak leadership has long been a cherished feature of Anglo-Saxon democracies, whose citizens seem to need to feel that they can trust their leaders. They want their leaders to be amenable people. Churchill was fine in war, but afterwards, hero though he was and remained, it was time to throw him out. Similarly, today Margaret Thatcher is known as a tough politician, the Iron Lady.
But if Britons knew that in , I don't believe she would have been elected prime minister. People assumed that because she was a woman she was somehow softer than her male competitors, and they voted for her without reservations.
They gave her their votes in the two subsequent elections, too, despite her toughness, simply because the op- position Labour Party was in permanent disarray and did not represent a credible alternative. This desire to have lovable leaders is not present, however, in France or Germany, where people don't care if their leaders are nice but if they are strong — in fact, the stronger the better. I think in the case of this election, we did not see the best leadership because Mario Cuomo and Sam Nunn, recognizing an im- possible difficulty — defeating a party that has, on the whole, done pretty well for most of the people — stayed out of it.
Perhaps if they had known they were going to face Bush, and not Dole or Kemp as they might have supposed, they would have entered the race. But by the time they found out it was too late. There is another issue here, however. It is the issue of who is attracted to politics under modern democratic conditions. People of talent, of real potential for achievement, will most often choose a dif- ferent field than politics.
Why earn so little money? Why be dependent upon an elec- torate? Why face the press every day? Even people who have the desire to serve the com- munity can, in our democracies, find other ways to serve that will provide them with JL don 't believe that any government jobs are done better in Great Britain because politicians there don 't have to spend as much time on elections and have, therefore, more time to spend governing.
That is always the problem in a free society where there are many means for self-realization. You cannot impel your best people to become political leaders. That's an idea Plato had, a beautiful idea, but one that works in the ideal and beautifully logical philosopher's world, and not in the real world.
In the non-democratic, statist societies, politics is a much more attractive profession, providing the highest status and solid job security. That's why the Soviet Union pro- duces politicians of the Andrei Gromyko variety that the West is unable to match. Gromyko served under Stalin and under Khrushchev and under Brezhnev, and until recently under Gorbachev.
He was not the brightest man in the world — in fact, he was quite mediocre — but he was smart enough, and he had, after a time, extraordinary ex- perience. And with that wealth of experience he could negotiate all deals more skillfully and handle all difficulties more effectively than his Western counterparts.
But is Gromyko the type of politician we want in our democracies? There is a Roman proverb: And that's a very wise attitude in politics. Why should we have geniuses in the role of shepherds? The shepherds do what is necessary in order to keep the herd together, to feed it, water it, bring it home at night from the field. This eschatological attitude many of us have towards politics, that politics is something that can provide us with moral values and cohesion and spiritual qualities, is an exag- gerated view.
It comes from Aristotle, who told us that the polls comes ahead of the in- dividual and his natural associations — the household and village — because only in the polls could people fully realize themselves as spiritual human beings, living good lives.
That's a very sound idea, especially in a small city-state. But it shouldn't be overem- phasized in modern nation-states, because there non-political associations sometimes play a more important role than the political ones.
And among the most important are the religious associations, which reconcile the in- dividual's consciousness of his temporality with the eternity of this world. And the role of politics in a democracy is not to interfere with our personal search and pursuit of meaning, but to preserve our autonomy and to defend that autonomy from interference by others.
So why do we need powerful leaders who would love to direct our activities and lives? Give us, rather, mediocrities who ride in tanks and debate whether children should recite the Pledge of Allegiance. That doesn't affect our lives in a substantial way.
It's not the ultimate interference. The continual sampling of public opinion through polls influences the campaign inordinately and so interferes with the relation- ship between the citizen and candidates. I think polls are influential but in a good sense.
They tell me how important I am as a citizen, what difference my vote can make in swaying the election one way or another. In that way they help me to vote with pride and understanding of my real influence. They re- mind me I must leave my own garden at times.
Every election is a poll, in fact, and so, by means of polling, we go through many elections in the course of our campaigns. The United States is no longer the power it was. It has lost its manufacturing jobs to Asia and its national will to the losses- psychological and actual— incurred by the Viet- nam War.
All this may be true, but is it a problem in- herent in the system? People complain that the United States is no longer a manufac- turing community. If it is, however, eco- nomically more sensible to concentrate on new technological ideas than on manufactur- ing gadgets, then what's wrong?
You should be pleased to have these skills and the necessary potential profitably to engage in these activities, leaving manufacturing to less developed countries. The United States has, as I see it, two major problems that are within this worry. The first is that it cannot conduct a forceful and consistent foreign policy — not because of the Vietnam War experience, but because the checks and balances system mitigates against it and always has.
But this is a price the United States and all democratic nations have to pay for freedom. I might deplore this situation, but I would never change the system that supports it. Better to be weak in strength than strong in weakness, as the Soviet Union is.
This is not to say I'm complacent about the disarray among the allies, because I think that more than ever we need cooperation to- day. I believe a minimum of cohesion is necessary to push the Soviets out of their global ideological commitment and toward the self-destruction of the Communist system that entails such a commitment. There was a joke circulating in Moscow in the s, a bitter joke at the expense of the Russian people.
The story was that a British intelligence agent was planted in Russia with instructions to join the party and work his way up to a high position so he could be in place to destroy the system from within.
When he had the requisite power, the first thing he did was cut off vodka production, thinking this surely would provoke people in- to revolution. He was, however, stunned to discover that it didn't work. The system shuddered on without its vodka. There was no uprising. So the second thing he did was to press people to work harder, to be more efficient, to manufacture quality goods.
In doing so he made many enemies, but still, no revolution. So the intelligence agent decided to do something truly drastic. He assembled the party elite and told them that since there were so many shortages in the Soviet Union and no possibility of providing for everyone's needs, the only thing to do was to hang every tenth Russian citizen so that the remaining people could enjoy the surplus goods.
Now it will start, he thought. One man raised his hand. Will they be provided or should peo- ple bring their own? Certainly that's not Gorbachev's premeditated plan, but there is no other way out. The necessity of solving the critical [vote situation the USSR faces has its own objec- tive logic and, when an adopted measure does not produce the expected results, one has to employ other, more drastic "system destroying" measures.
The Soviet leaders have exhausted all the policy means that could sustain the system. It is worn out by its own inefficiency and it will be destroyed one way or another, whether through further reforms, relapse into a neo- Stalinist repression, or sheer procrastination.
I am not a historical determinist by any means. I think history is largely made by un- foreseeable circumstances and a series of ac- cidents. But political systems have their laws, and they can bear only a certain amount of pressure, after which they break. But a system at its breaking point is also most dangerous, most likely to get adven- turous, and that is why we need in the West more cohesion at this point than ever before. And that's what I regret we don't have, not among the allies and not internally in the U.
The inaugural Univer- sity at Prayer series, a communal exploration of the meanings and manifestations of prayer that began in September, has filled St. Mary's Chapel on alternate Monday evenings, drawing participants from student, faculty and ad- ministrative ranks. The series, also sponsored by the Chaplaincy, features discussion, prayer and presentations by members of the faculty and staff on areas ranging from Indian medita- tion to dimensions of prayer in dance and gesture.
The Jesuit mission, notes Assistant Chaplain Kerry Maloney, "is the uniting of the spiritual and intellectual. The series does that well, I believe. In the early 18th century Walpole was a stage stop on the well- traveled route between Boston and civilized points south. Washington stopped for a drink of water at the village well, and Lafayette, it's said, tarried to sample the local rum.
By midth century, textile and paper manufacturers had arrived to harness the Neponset River and its tributaries, and 70 years later the mills were still going strong, a magnet for newly landed immigrants looking for steady work and a bit of verdant space in which to raise their families. William found work as an engineer in the boiler room of the Kendall Company, which manufactured textiles. He and his wife settled on School Street, where they would raise five children — three sons and two daughters.
Their second child, born on November 19, , was a boy they named Joseph Michael. In Walpole today they still talk of young Joe, quiet and responsible like his father , a good kid — altar boy at age 11 at the Church of the Blessed Sacrament. They talk of his eccentric humor. He particularly loved word play, once amusing himself though not his friends by falling in love with the name of the American World War II officer "General Bedell Smith" and repeating it over and over to hear the sound.
And they talk especially of his skill at games. Joe Morgan played whatever there was to play in Walpole and was good at everything: He'd play on the Litde League field, in his front yard, with the other For 17 minor league seasons, where Joe went, the family went. He wanted Joe in college. At Walpole High, Joe Morgan starred in hockey and baseball. Like a million other kids, he dreamed of being a professional ballplayer; unlike most, however, he had good reason to dream.
By the time he was a high school senior, baseball scouts were snif- fing around Walpole. It appeared for a time that Joe would graduate from high school into Class D ball, the bush league basement of that time and per- haps all time. This was not to be, however, not if William Morgan had anything to say about it, and he did. As much as he loved sports, as much as he took and enjoyed every oppor- tunity to watch his sons play, he wanted them to reach places he had been unable to reach.
In those days, before the cost of equipment and liability in- surance drove hockey into the prep schools, it was the ponds and flooded fields of working class towns like Walpole that provided the best college teams with their players. The leg- endary Eddie Jeremiah, head coach at Dartmouth College, kept a particular eye on Walpole's pond heroes. He had brought several of them to play hockey in Hanover, and he wanted Joe Morgan. And Bob Craney, a teacher and principal at Walpole High School, and an alumnus of Boston College, was as interested in seeing his star athlete wearing maroon and gold.
Dartmouth sounded wonderful to William Morgan, and Joe did inter- view with a local alumnus. It didn't go terribly well for the factory worker's son. The young athlete had a conversation with athletic director John Curley and the faculty moderator of athletics, Maurice V. Dullea who wielded the power in athletics, and at the conclusion of their talk he agreed to provide Morgan with a hockey scholar- ship that would pay his tuition.
But Morgan would have to pick up the tab for books. You know, Father, he said, Joe's a pretty good baseball player, too. Dullea enjoyed a bargain as much as any man. If that's the case, he said, we'll throw in the books. At BC Morgan studied politics and government. Although he was con- vinced he could be a professional baseball player, although he loved baseball as much as he loved anything, he did consider other possibilities, even, briefly, dentistry.
At Boston Col- lege he prepared himself for what he thought of as a possible career as a high school teacher and coach. Len Ceglarski '51, fellow-Walpolite and another son of an emigrant factory worker, was a teammate of Morgan's on BC's hockey and baseball teams. Today the head hockey coach at BC, Ceglarski said that Morgan the hockey player, "was a great skater and puck handler.
He could dangle the puck — do you know what I mean? He could just hold onto it and no one could take it away from him. And he had athletic intelligence, by which I mean he could get the puck to where it needed to be when it needed to be there. Morgan took the puck and skated and no one could take it off his stick. In Len Ceglarski' s mind — and in the minds of others — there is no doubt that Morgan was better at hockey than baseball and could have earned his living on the ice.
The National Hockey League, however, was an almost totally Canadian venture at the time, and American boys were not welcome. Baseball was another story, however. Morgan was a shortstop at BC, a strong-armed, left-hand hitting place- hitter, not particularly fast, but smart in the field and at the bat. He made an impression on his teammates. And he had that sense of humor. Again William Morgan inter- vened.
He didn't want his son drop- ping out of college. The following year, , the Braves returned with a better offer and he did sign. There was a clause in his con- tract, however, stipulating that he would be allowed to come back to Boston College in the fall to continue his studies. He returned to Chestnut Hill in the fall and received his degree in For the next 13 years, with time out for a brief stint in the Army, Morgan was for the most part a minor league journeyman ballplayer.
He hit all the stops and then some: He endured the long bus rides, the low pay and the sight of younger, more skilled men coming through and moving on to the majors. He was a good enough Triple A ball- player — he hit above. But in the end he was always returned to the minors, traded or released. If I was a good pinch hitter, I probably would have stayed longer [in the majors]. And they'd bring me up and I'd play only a little and pinch hit, which I wasn't good at, and back down I'd go.
Morgan fielded well for Philadelphia but hit terribly —. In mid-season the Phillies sold him to Cleveland. There he did hit well—. Here's how Morgan tells the story in his best John McGraw style: You hit the ball good and you don't play. How come I don't get a little more chance to play? We traded for him this winter in a big trade and we gotta play him. I said, 'Hey, the season's almost over. Once at Charleston, West Virgina, the St. Louis Cardinals' Triple A team, Morgan's manager came up to him and told him not to pay his next month's rent.
Red Schoendienst, then near the end of a distinguished career, was going to be retired, he said, and Morgan would be sent up to take his place. Says Morgan, "The next day I see in the paper, 'Red Schoendienst pinch hits home run in the eighth; Cardinals win in the ninth.
And he had good company in his swings through Bull Durham land. In he had married Dorothy Dottie Glebus. Dottie was from North Walpole. Her father, too, worked at Kendall. Joe first noticed her when he was an altar boy at Blessed Sacrament and she sang in the choir.
I'm going to marry that girl, he told people. They dated while Morgan was in high school. Dottie, though a sports fan and particularly knowledgeable about baseball, never saw Joe play, not at Walpole High and not at Boston Col- lege. After Joe had completed his Army service and Dottie had graduated A low moment during the miracle season: Morgan waits for relief with catcher Rich Gedman and pitcher Tom Bolton.
Topps , , Morgan's only major league baseball card until he joined the Red Sox coaching staff. There Dottie saw him play for the first time. He hit three or four home runs that first week — Dottie doesn't recall the exact number.
Where Joe went, they all went, even to the Dominican Republic and Venezuela, where Joe played winter ball. It did not have to be that way. Minor league seasons lasted four-and-a-half months. Some family men found it easy, or perhaps easier, to pass them alone. But the Morgans didn't want it that way. Says Dottie, "We just made a point for our family to stay together.
I'd take the kids out of school in April. I figured they only missed six weeks, and most of that was review anyway. I had to stay in close touch with the teachers to coordinate everything. There's pluses and minuses in it, but I think it was good for the kids. It gave them an insight into how things were in other places. I used to tell them that we were always on vacation. The house [in Walpole] was brand new and we'd rent it out and come home and there 'd be cigarette burns in the carpet.
There were times, too, when Joe was managing, that he came to Dottie before a game and asked for some money to give to the players so ' they could buy themselves a meal. It was money that was supposed to pay the Morgans' bills, but Dottie gave it to him, full knowing she'd never see it again. Sometimes she cooked up a mound of spaghetti and Joe would take it to the locker room for the players.
In the off-season Morgan did what- ever he could to bring more money in- to the house. He delivered oil, swung a hammer and, famously, drove a snow- plow for the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority.
There were friends in Walpole who tried to get him to give it up, to take a secure job as a teacher and coach, the career Morgan had en- visioned for himself back at Boston College.
But he could not stop loving baseball. He tried to focus on what was good with his life, what he could do rather than what he couldn't. Sure, a little thought might have crept into your mind now and then, but it was just little thoughts. That period of uncertainty, Dottie says, "was one of the only really hard times we had.
Morgan had just returned from a winter baseball stint in Central America. He called the Cardinals' of- fice. He asked to be sent to their Dou- ble A team, then their Single A team. I said, 'Well, I think I'll go home. We're going to move the club out of there to Charleston, then you can go get your family.
Joe said he thought it was South Carolina but wasn't sure. They pulled over and he called the Car- dinals. It was West Virginia. In , 15 years after he signed with the Boston Braves, Morgan became manager at Raleigh. Despite the vicissitudes of minor league man- aging, which include losing your good ballplayers as soon as they get that way, he finished in the top half of his division in six of his first seven years running a ball club, twice finishing first.
He was named manager of the year three times. Always known to have a good baseball mind, he now made himself a name as a player's manager, a man who respected his players, earned their respect, and was able to get the most out of them. In he coached for the Pittsburgh Pirates but then returned to the minors the following year to manage Charleston to a first-place finish. And then, in , Joe Morgan came home. No more trailer tows in the night; no more ending one season without know- ing your home the next.
I was nine years [in Pawtucket], I scouted two years for these people. Then I've been up here ever since. I think I've had 15 straight years at home, which has not been done by everybody.
Krasner arrived in , fresh out of Columbia University. He knew the game a lit- tle — he'd played college ball at Colum- bia — but this was his first time cover- ing professional sports. He'd call me over and say, 'What do you think of that right fielder's arm?
He helped me learn. He was a dream to deal with. He was very understanding of my shyness, very receptive. He would even seem to know your deadline situation. Krasner tells the story of Boggs battling for the International League batting title one year, only to lose it during the last game of the season on a ninth inning ground out that could have been avoided if Morgan had benched him.
The following year saw Boggs in a similar battle, except that his rival's percentage was fixed because he had already been called up to the majors. The contest came down to the last three games of the season. Boggs needed one hit to assure the title. Pawtucket needed the three wins to assure a place in the playoffs.
After getting several hits in the first game, which the Sox lost, Boggs announced he was benching himself for the final two games. Morgan did not intervene. He returned to the line-up and won it going away. The Pawtucket fans loved Morgan. He would do any little thing to get an edge, to help win. Dottie saw him play, he hit four homers in a week.
Once, in Richmond, to protest a call, he went out and sat down on the field. Once when there was a close play at second that Joe disagreed with he ran out there and slid into second to make his point. He was the bullpen coach during the World Series season and moved to third base in He was 56 years old then.
It appeared he would finish his career with the Sox and retire, never to have managed in the majors despite his recognized skills. Says Shaughnessy, "He was bypassed all those years in Pawtucket, bypassed by his own organization which always tended to look to the outside for managers. So if his own organization had apparendy decided he wasn't managerial timber, then why would any other teams look at him? The Sox players quickly obviated that search.
Beginning with a double- header sweep on July 15, they won 12 games in a row and 19 of 20, records for virgin major-league managers. For the Sox to have done otherwise would have been to risk public riot. It was the "Morgan Miracle. The most significant was replacing Spike Owen at shortstop with Jody Reed, who went on to finish in the running for rookie of the year. Otherwise the team was pretty much unchanged from the. It was an anomaly, he sug- gests — something that just happened.
He, however, got the credit. Did we do anything at all, or what? First was that many of the players had played for Morgan at Pawtucket and were comfortable with him. The situation under McNamara was so sour, sour between the players and sour between the players and media. At this level the key is making the peo- ple want to play, and Joe manipulates 24 players as well as anyone at this time, so he's perfectly suited for this job.
They gotta feel you have confidence in them. If it gets to the point where he thinks every- body's watching every move he makes — that'll take away from him every time. That's the worst thing. I try to instill in them that the biggest difference between one player and the next is the paycheck you get every two weeks.
To me that's all the same as far as that. But that's what you find in the big leagues today. People that are there a little while, they get carried away. They think they're bosses instead of players. I don't look at it that way. The former resulted in a scuffle between Rice and Morgan in the dug- out runway.
Rice was suspended by the team for three days. If anyone had ever doubted it, they could no longer. Morgan was the man. Said Joe in the style that has made him the delight of baseball journalists across the nation, "I'm the manager of this nine.
Baseball being what it is, however, and in Boston particularly, others do think about past and future, contin- ually. But when they did fire him, the people they wanted, like [Yankee manager Lou] Piniella, weren't avail- able. I think it embarrassed the hell out of them when he won 19 of There's no such thing as a baseball genius.
I can see it all going up in smoke, trouble with Rice and [Dwight] Evans, some of his hunches going wrong. And then they're losing, and people say it's because the guy is so close to his players and they love him too much. That's been tempered a bit [since he became manager]. He does treat everyone the same. He'll talk to a reporter from his college magazine the same as he will to Marv Albert.
And for all I know it might bother [team minority owner] Haywood Sullivan that Joe talks to Todd Benzinger the same way he talks to him. This might also create some problems with the older players, but I like that. I think that needs to happen here. He was the hometown hero. He was the old warrior who defied the fates. He doesn't mind being second-guessed.
He was drawn and quartered in the press for a couple of moves he made and he took it well. He even admitted he made mistakes. Sometimes I don't think he's totally on the same planet as the rest of us. I've been a sports writer 10 years, seven in Boston, and I was touched by the whole thing. He wasn't driving nails or scraping snow off the Pike. And, as he has in all his travels, wherever he goes he brings his sense of wonder. What ever happened to the Joes? Is it a problem?
But it can grind on your mind a little bit when the phone keeps ringing and all that kind of stuff. What's been most difficult for him, they say, is that he has trouble saying no. Despite that, this winter he did not go everywhere people ask him to go. A year ago, he might have. It wouldn't have taken that much time, after all. I've gotten to the point where, unless it's for kids or something along that nature, I have to taper off a little.
But isn't it funny? I was the third-base coach for a year-and-a-half. I'm out there every day in the limelight, and no one pays one iota of attention compared with being the manager. It's not that he doesn't know the why or expects that you don't know the why. It's just that he's enjoying being amazed.
Walpole has changed over the years. The big mills are gone, pretty much. Pirates, state prison has taken their place in the employment picture, but not com- pletely. Walpole is on its way to becoming another bedroom commun- ity, a white-collar town, its breadwin- ners commuting to jobs in Boston or along Route , which runs handily by, not far from where the old stage road used to pass.
As in many other such towns, there is a struggle pres- ently taking place between the old timers, who don't particularly want change, and the new people, who do, who don't remember how it was. Early on the morning of July 16, , after the Red Sox had won their first two games under a new manager, a weary Joe and and Dottie Morgan returned to a home that lies only three- quarters of a mile from the house in which Joe Morgan was raised and not terribly far from the house in which Dottie Glebus lived as a child.
And there were cars all over the place. We said, 'What is this? Four months later, on a Sunday in November declared "Joe Morgan Day" in Walpole, the town gathered at a local function room to pay tribute to its favorite son, to give him a "time. These were the people who had played with Joe on the fields of his childhood, who had commuted to Boston College with him, who had followed his career with the Charleston Charlies, who had listened over the years to his inexhaustible sup- ply of baseball stories.
These were the people of Mimi's Variety, Pete's Dream, and The Barleycorn, the peo- ple he had bowled with, drank with — the people to whose homes he had delivered fuel in other winters. These are the people who still say Joe might have made it in the big leagues if the Braves had been willing to release him instead of keeping him locked up behind Johnny Logan all those years, who say it could have been different if only he hadn't had that car accident years ago. Morgan makes it clear he'll have nothing to do with these what-ifs.
The Braves were good to him, he says, and offered to release him whenever he wanted. The car accident, during his second year in the minors, put him in the hospital for about a week but had no effect on his career, he says.
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I wrote a letter to Linda McMahon introducing myself, telling her what I was doing and saying I'd love an opportunity in the World Wrestling Federation at that time. Shawn Michaels during a recent interview On Being Insecure as a Young Man: Having said that, that can manifest itself in any form and how that's interpreted obviously depends on the time and depends on the spin.
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He was retired, not really as heavily involved. We got outside of the suburbs a little bit, and through other friends of mine's parents I figured out how much that Dixie Carter recently spoke with Busted Open about a variety of topics.
On Open Fight Night: I think it will just continue to get better week after week. I love the concept. As we're continuing to grow our developmental league, this was just a great opportunity for us to take something that we do on an ongoing basis and let the people see it.
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All of the attention is on us two girls. We have already surpassed TNA. We are brining in new stars and making celebrities out of them. We have the top stars in t Highlights from a recent Daniel Bryan interview: They don't want bad things to happen to me, like an second loss at WrestleMania, especially the hardcore fans, which is mostly who comes for WrestleMania.
People come from all over the world. They travel to WrestleMania, and a lot of those peo Being a Wrestling Fan: Here are the highlights. The arena website is currently advertising Punk-Jericho for that show. He says it's "been a while" since he faced an opponent of Jericho's caliber.
So, just how did she During a recent interview with WildTalkRadio. On the feud between The Rock and John Cena: I think both of these guys were Shootin' on Monday.
I was backstage on Monday , everyone said over this entire run, I don't know if John Cena a Speaking to Accidental Sexiness, the SmackDown Diva believes her and Kelly Kelly's hirings was triggered by organization officials experimenting models being teached how to wrestle.
In May , Chris Masters' booming career with WWE at the time would come to a screeching halt when he was sent to a drug rehabilitation center due to his addiction with painkillers. You know, I had to go away for a couple months to rehab after the company became aware of my problem. It took a while to get over that. I went into rehab, not even I went to LA with him once and he was like the godfather of South Central.
He was telling me stories about him sneaking drugs th He gave his predictions on the top four matches of WrestleMania The Rock v John Cena: The Rock seems like not only is he looking in great form, but he is looking in great form. At the same time Cena has been classic cena.
I'm quite intrigued to see what happens. It's been well done — in a lot of ways quite riveting. The key to a great match is the question mark over who Cena, WrestleMania Moments and more. I don't know how fans are going to react, either way you're going to upset a lot of people but the best way to ensure everybody leaves happy is to tear the house down and have a great match.
Check out the highlights and video below: On getting ready for the ceremony: I've been thinking about what I should say and how I should say it and I'm not really coming up with a lot of juice right now It will certainly be a once in a lifetime event. To be able to stand up there with Arn Anderson , who I think is one of the greatest performe He said, 'Hell of a promo. Too bad you're leaving. We could make a lot of money together. I was counting down the days. I immediately turned it down.
They probably figured I would jump WWE Hall of Fame: I was so, so nervous, but as soon as I got out there on stage, Sunny came back. I pulled the Sunny swit Well, you can expect everything. You can expect the unexpected from me. Edge recently spoke to MiamiNewTimes.
On if he was surprised about going into Hall of Fame so early: I won't lie, I assumed it would happen at some point. But I figured it would be 10 years down the road when I've got a nice big belly on me and a massive beard or something, when I look like Brian Wilson.
I didn't expect it now. But obviously I'm happy and honored and it's There's no bragging point, and it doesn't do anything for business…It wouldn't be good for business at all.
It'd be like, yeah HHH ended it, but it took him three tries This Sunday, April 1, beginning at 7: X-MEN 1 hits stands and the Sheamus recently spoke to HollywoodLife. John Cena and some pop culture questions. On his match with Daniel Bryan: We are hungry and we have spent a lot of time getting to where we are today.
Whether it was on the independent scene where we scratched and clawed, we want to be where John Cena and The Miami Herald recently spoke with former WWE performer Trish Stratus, who discussed the lack of time the divas get and how to fix it. We were just two chicks where there were the puppy chants and things like that. It was up to us to put something together that was so memorable or out of the box or giving them a certain level of entertainment or On not being in a higher profile match: WrestleMania, there's four main event matches every year.
They have four top billed matches. We might still be one of those top four. We'll know more as we get closer to the show and they start running ads and promos and vignettes for the matches. Other WWE stars embracing social media and if it can be done again: T, Jimmy Snuka was there, he felt slighted.
Bob Orton was there, Mohamed Ali was the special referee. It was just all over the place, so when you went out there that night, there was no pyrotechnics or anyth Matt Hardy recently spoke with The Poughkeepsie Journal.
On his place in life: I want to appreciate every day in life. Styles recently spoke with AllWrestling. On his match with Ken Anderson against Daniels and Kazarian: I think it was outstanding. I think it was one of the better matches of the night. I'm so proud of Ken.
We wrestle such a different style than Ken and for Ken to be right there toe to toe with us right along, right on time is super impressive.
On his WrestleMania Moment: Here are some excerpts from a recent interview with Edge: What he misses the most about not being with WWE on a day-to-day basis: If there's things I miss, it would be the camaraderie of some of the guys. Being able to see Kane every week or Christian every week or Dolph Ziggler, guys I'm good friends with and road with. I don't miss the travel. I don't miss being constantly exhausted, constantly sore and feeling like a z Gangrel was interviewed on IMetAWrestler.
What he's doing these days: I was living almost six months of the year over there, bouncing back and forth, and that went on for six years or so. Then, I moved out west to California and I've started up with a On his favorite WrestleMania Moment: They were all special in their own right, because one; you're in it and especially when me and Brian were in them as the New Age Outlaws, that match WrestleMania 14 vs. Extensive neck and back injuries Not that repeating pro wrestling's past would be such a horrible thing; there were certain aspects that were a lot cooler back then.
When I was a kid, Macho Man was the s--t. When he passed away I just felt the need to do something. Pearce will take on a mystery challenger from the Ring of Honor promotion who will be handpicked by legendary manager and current ROH producer Jim Cornette. Pearce, a four-time NWA world champion and year veteran, ha I mean, there's gonna be so much stuff going on in Miami because of not only WrestleReunion, Wrestlemania, everything else; it's gonna be crazy. Steve Austin was recently interviewed by CowboysIndians.
It's not as pretty as the [Texas] Hill Country, but it's effective for raising big deer It's a hunting ranch. That's what I bought it for. It's not their fault. It's what they do. On what inspired Nigel to start the "Last of McGuinness" project: I didn't know what I was going to be left with. I didn't have any money left to invest to pay people to follow me while I went along so I was kind of limited and I didn't know if it would be a waste They start paying for rehab because I can't work, I can barely walk.
Kurt Angle, who is suffering from a rib injury, told GoErie. Angle also talked about his health: When I came back and started working out for the Olympics this time, I kept getting hurt. I popped a patellar tendon, then I popped an Achilles, then I blew out my hamstring. On how he got into wrestling: I have always been a massive fan of wrestling.
Once I had got into college I did some acting for a little bit, that is what my degree was in. That wasn't going so well for me so I found a wrestling school in Chicago an On April 1, Danielson One of those superstars is Christian, a former World Heavyweight Champion who is returning from an ankl Nash — who is close friends with both grapplers — gave SunSport a call to preview this year's Mania, which will be held in Miami.
And the match that was most on his mind was the one that pits his best pal Triple H — real name Paul Levesque — against Mark Calaway, aka the lege But the most hard-hitting match of the show might come when Matt Morgan I mean, this is just as exciting for us as it is for the fans.
And the nice thing is I'm teaming back up with Rick Steiner with J. And Nikita Koloff is gonna be the referee and the first time He was the one guy I would have enjoyed getting in there and seeing what we could have created together. It would be me as the sleazy bad guy and him as the hard wrestling, charging good guy. I think we could have done some pretty awesome stuff together. If they were a star in the last 20 years, I pretty much wrestled th On being approached about the Hall of Fame at only It was one of those things that when it was announced officially two of the first texts I got were from Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels saying I totally deserved it.
So if they were saying this, then I was cool with it. Anybody else can say what they want because they can't lace up their boots, so that kind of pushed those doubts aside pretty quick. When I got the call I had just finished kayaking and driving home w During a recent interview, TNA's Matt Morgan discussed going through life with attention deficit disorder. I got kicked out of four different schools between 1st and 3rd grade for all different stuff, because a lot of these teachers and principals didn't have classrooms for learning disabled.
They just had normal, mainstream classrooms. Bret Hart in a recent interview I wasn't out of my shell yet as far as public speaking.
I was really nervous to get up and address all the things that happened with my brother Owen, me and Vince McMahon, so many things I had to talk about for the first time in front of a large crowd. I wished that I could have gone up and did it and done it over again like a second try.
I just kinda rambled. Maryse on the "Running the Ropes" radio show: It's hard to make a crowd relate to you when you can't talk on the microphone, you have only a minute in the ring and you have ten divas in the ring at the same time so you can't build a character and you can't make people relate. It's impossible to get over. I just wish the girls were given more time to work because there For an hour and a half to two hours, he worked with me, literally beating up Kid Kash.
Showing me intense things he used to do as far being an Anderson, being more vicious, being that clever heel. Joey Styles returned and didn't hold back. The full interview can be heard at http: Among other things, Joey discussed: On the closing of the ECW Arena: Kurrgan Interview WHILE many wrestlers have tried their hands at the acting business over the decades, few have had big budget success. Yet joining The Rock among the handful who have struck Hollywood gold is the man once known as Kurrgan.
A star in the WWE in the late s, the gigantic Robert Maillet is instead now making his name in box-office smashes including and Sherlock Holmes. And he took time out of promoting his latest release, The Big Bang, to look back on his previous life as a I think I'm coming along.
I watched a movie I just finished with Steven Seagal while I was filming this past movie Recoil , and I see myself listening more, I'm a little bit more relaxed, so it's coming around. It's just like anything; when you're first doing something, repetition is the key to being good, and working with people that are better than you. I think I'm starting to pick up some of the nua On the match vs.
This match is bigger based off the dynamics, based off the promotion and based off two individuals and where they are in their careers. I think we have During a recent interview, former WWE Tough Enough contestant Jeremiah Riggs felt that he had a target on his back and that wrestlers and non-wrestlers were intimidated by him coming over from MMA: I believe I blew the USA people away.
I believe I blew Bill Demott away. I believe I blew Stone Cold away. I believe I blew everybody expectations, like this guy is not gonna make it past the week. I think I did have a bullseye on me right from Doug Williams is one of the most talented and gifted, technical British grapplers of his generation. Having watched the old World of Sport wrestling shows live in Reading to performing on a world level with TNA, Doug has lived his dream by winning numerous titles including being a two-time tag team champion, Television title holder and X-Division champion.
And it's always interesting in the world of wrestling what is said. I've had one conversation-brief conversation-two encounters with Vince McMahon.
One encounter was actually in Las Vegas. He happened to be in the same gym. The Infamous Billy The Kidd: Hey, Edge, how are you this morning? Or I should say afternoon? Laughs No, the times start to all blend together after a while. I feel like it might be, but… Laughs The Kidd: So good afternoon to you. I did want to say that I have been a fan of yours for a while.
The full broadcast can be heard at http: At the end of the day, he's doing what he wanted to do…I have a certain point of view about the wrestling business and the current state of it, and the opportunities that exist in the business today versus what h On what's more stressful: It's one of those things, I haven't really thought about it. I might just go wing it and just try to have a list in my mind of w On the "Warrior" James Hellwig: Hulk went out of his of his way for years to help other guys and "Warrior" couldn't help himself he was such an Idiot.
Comparing fighting in WWE for so many years to fighting in movies. How is that all different to her: Thats what moves have stunts. The concept of not making contact in movies was difficult for me cause in WWE we made contact. It's very different from stunt wo You see what people don't understand about this Hall of Fame, they say that I'm being stubborn now. The first year he came out with the Hall of Fame, they totally ignored me like I didn't exist. They named certain people—I Road Warrior Animal Hosts: Road Warrior Animal Interview Posted on February 27th, by Josh Modaberi Joe Laurinaitis was a member of one of the greatest and most iconic tag teams ever to step foot inside the squared circle.
Hawk sadly passed away in but the Legion of Doom will never be forgotten and were last year inducted into t Of course it's a very different process all together so I had to adapt to that, which is fine. It's certainly missing the instant gratification from when we wrestle live.
I'm used to doing a move and then seeing the reaction to it and obviously on set nobody reacts. So I had to get used to that for sure. And the process is a bit different too. While that may be on some people's minds tonight as they watch her match tonight on Spike TV against Jessie Kresa. For wrestling fans, it Championship from a title people held for a little while to becoming the stepping stone it once was. I made it prestigious again.
I made people who liked me or hated me think, "This is the next guy. I cannot wait to go out there against the likes of CM Punk , whose T-shirt says he is the "Best in the Colt Cabana spoke with The Void radio show this week and here are some highlights: His dark match with WWE last year: It just helps fuel my story of being an underdog, do-it-yourself, nobody wants him, outcast of wrestling.
I did the match, everybody loved me, but for some reason Vince then took the and said that they had a "less than stellar fourth quarter" and thus a less than stellar year.
He reiterated that if they couldn't make their new approach for the film division work it Eric said he enjoyed his time in Glasgow.
Eric said that for TNA to get to the next level, they must go on the road, in arenas, in front of wrestling fans in a real environment as opposed to producing a show in a soundstage. He said there are logistics and financial issues. He said TNA has been able to produce a high quality show that is pretty low budge Trish Stratus during a recent interview with Divadirt. What she would have booked for WrestleMania Jimmy Hart appeared on Busted Open.
On Why She is Wrestling Again: I never really felt like I was that great in the ring, and then I also felt that I didn't get a whole lot of time to be in the ring.
On Being in the Rumble: When I watched it back, I thought that was pretty good even though there were times when I was standing around literally doing nothing. I was standing around and doing nothing with a purpose, like watching Ricardo. And I think at the end of those six or seven minutes that I was out there, I participated in some pretty good stuff. For the purists that say you s Ron Simmons on the Hall of Fame: These past few years have been very rewarding for me from an athletic standpoint.
But I think this one by far will hold the de The star, who is now carving out a successful acting career with a role in Scorpion King 3, says he left the business after WWE decided to take a more child-friendly direction. In an exclusive interview, The Animal told SunSport: Before the Intercontinental Champion takes the Target Center by storm, he was kind enough to chat with us about everything from his Bost Kurt Angle on his hardest task - making an Olympic return in By Jon Barbuti BBC Sport Mention pro wrestling and the reaction of many is to say "ahh, but it's not real" in a tone more suited to passing on great wisdom to one's children.
The tone suggests it is an activity without merit. The implication being that, because the results are predetermined, it bears no comparison with, say football, because, although that is just 22 people trying to kick a ball into a net, at least the His physical sacrifice to professional wrestling is second to none.
His back catalogue of bloody, brutal and compelling matches has no peer. But now New Yorker Mick, 46, is set to tread the boards, rather than smashing people with one, as he takes the plunge into stand-up comedy for a UK run at the en Joe said that it was of "dire importance" that the promotion move out if they want to see "the product, as well as the fan base, continue to grow. And for the last couple years when we've been going over to the UK, the London crowd has been one of the loudest crowds we've ever been in front of.
We decided to make a gamble and put the television taping Mick Foley Interview Source: We caught up with Mick to talk about this new venture and his previous career in WWE. Being that WWE are touring the UK the same week as your stand up tour, is it just coincidence that you've got both Monday and Tuesday free? Alberto Del Rio recently appeared on San Francisco's Del Rio said he "completely tore" his groin. He said it was the worst injury a man can suffer "Now I'm running, jumping, and ready to roll into the ring.
This is not part of the show. I really dislike like that guy. DDP only got involved in the wrestling business at the age of 35 before joining WCW in as a manager. He quickly progressed to stepping inside the squared-circle and stayed with the company until it's final days.
I have such a new outlook on life after going through such a crazy period, I've kind of had a reprieve for a while. At some point I had to face everything and change my life, an On Randy Orton changing his thoughts on the issue: On what made him enter the business after losing his leg: I knew that wrestling was what I was going to do because my love and passion for wrestling was unparalleled. Basically there's nothing in life that grabbed my interes t or mesmerized me as much as Professional Wrestling.
I just knew I would somehow be involv Hulk Hogan interview Source: Sting appeared on Which wrestler he'd like to face that he hasn't yet: I think wrestling fans have wanted to see Sting vs. I think between his gimmick and mine, it could be pretty cool. We could do some prett y cool stuff.
They didn't call until early March, it was just left too late. She's listening to what I'm saying to her. I'm saying every year this will probably be the last year and part of it was in the beginning it was kind of like a project. I hated that being the second rate or seco John Morrison highlights from a recent interview: On The Birth of the Morrison Character: I felt like I evolved into a great singles wrestler in ECW because of the opportunities to speak, and wrestle longer matches. Also I felt like m In , WWE Superstar Sheamus was denied one of the biggest moments of his life when his match at WrestleMania was dropped at the last minute.
But this year the Irish warrior will finally get his chance in the spotlight after winning the Royal Rumble and booking himself a Championship match at WrestleMania. The big question is whether he wi Yahoo Sports recently interviewed Billy Gunn, here are the highlights: On Who Impresses Him Today: Yahoo Sports recently interviewed John Morrison, here are the highlights: On Becoming a Wrestler: His performance at the Royal Rumble: Hulk Hogan Interview On Sportsvibe: When you mention the word wrestling to people, their minds usually turn to Hulk Hogan.
Over an immense career, he has been involved in many great matches and rivalries. Hulkamania really took off in the mid-eighties becoming a world wide attraction.
Since then, nothing has changed and Hogan is back in
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