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Whatever Happened to ...?
 
"Whatever happened to Len Rossi after his car-ending automobile accident?"
"Where can I go to research the wrestling career of Danny Hodge for an article I'm writing?"
"We'd like Baron von Raschke to be our special guest at this years' wrestling convention.  How can I contact him?"
"When did Dick the Bruiser die?"

Just about anyone who has been a part of the professional wrestling fraternity has fielded questions like this frequently from friends and strangers alike.  They are also questions we have found ourselves asking on occasion.

You don't have to look too hard to find a newsletter that covers professional wrestling from every imaginable angle.  If you're looking for the latest inside news and gossip, grab a copy of one of the newsletters that covers current events in wrestling.  But where does one find out where the "old-timers" are living and what they're doing today?  How can writers and historians get first-hand information about the Golden Age of Wrestling?  Clearly, there is a need for comprehensive information and reference publications about the legends who gave so much of their lives to professional wrestling.

" Whatever Happened to ...? " is a 50-page print magazine mailed through the U.S. mail to subscribers.  Since we published the first issue in 1993, " Whatever Happened to ...? " has become the most widely-read magazine about the professional wrestling business as it was years ago.  " Whatever Happened to ...? " offers in-depth interviews with the legends of wrestling and exclusive features that you won't find anywhere else.  This publication is intended as a directory to those directly involved in the sport  ...  wrestlers, referees, promoters, ring announcers, writers, etc.  It features personal accounts of the lives of the major and minor wrestlers.  Each issue also includes regular COLUMNS by wrestlers whose careers spanned several decades.  In short, it will be a resource guide that you will refer to over and over.

Our first 32 issues were 12 page newsletters.  Issues #33 through #53 boast fifty (50) pages full of facts.  No advertising, no wasted space ... just solid interviews, stories, and rare photos from cover to cover.  And from 1996 to 2003, we have interviewed more than 250 of the wrestling legends.

COLUMNISTS

Frankie Cain
MEPHISTO'S MUSINGS

Bob Roop
STRETCHING THE TRUTH

Dean Silverstone
THIRD POLE OF THE MAT

Ole Anderson
INSIDE OUT

Scott Teal
EDITOR-PUBLISHER

Dick Steinborn
THE WAY I REMEMBER IT

Ossie "Oz" Timmins
TALES OF OZ

Tinker Todd
TINKER'S TALES

"Whatever Happened to ...?" #1 - Premiere Issue
Profiles: Jimmy Valiant, Count Billy Varga, Len Rossi, Gene LeBell, Ivan Koloff, Jerry Oates, B Brian Blair, Don Jardine, Les Thatcher, Don Greene, Reno Riggins, Vickie Goddard, Tux Newman, Don Curtis, Buddy Wayne, Les Jameson, Joe Rossi, Mark Fleming, Dean Silverstone, Donny Laible, Billy Wicks, Dr. Bob Bryla, Adrian Street, Treach Phillips, Chick Donovan, Jim White, Bill Anderson, Georgiann Makropoulos
Finishes: Andre the Giant, Bruiser Brody, Chris Taylor, Eddie Graham
Article: Street Corner Wrestlemania by Don Greene

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"Whatever Happened to ...?" #2
Profiles: Waldo von Erich, J.C. Dykes, Dick Steinborn, George Harris, June Byers, Buddy Colt, Nelson Royal, Jack Laskin, Rip Rogers, Tony Galento, Candi Divine, Eddie Blanks, Milo Steinborn
Finishes: Bulldog Don Kent, Little Coco, Lou Plummer, Billy Hines, Rip Collins, Bobby Shane, David Peterson
Articles:
Cheaters Never Win by Buddy Colt
Here's Waldo by Don Laible
Rubber Bands and Red Devils by Eddie Blanks
A New Life by J.C. Dykes

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"Whatever Happened to ...?" #3
Interview: Al Costello the Fabulous Kangaroo
Profiles: Sputnik Monroe, Don Kirk, Rocket Monroe, Bill Bowman, Joe Turner, Balk Estes, Don Kirk, Waldo von Erich, Bobby Bold Eagle, Danny Goddard, Tom Brandi
Finishes: Roy Heffernan, Bulldog Don Kent
Article: Strange, but True ... [Dick Steinborn]

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"Whatever Happened to ...?" #4
Interviews: Dick Beyer (part one), Dave Levin
Profiles: Lou Thesz, Penny Banner, Red Bastien, Kay Bell, Ace Freeman, Danno O’Shocker
Finishes: Rufus R. Jones, J.C. "Jimmy" Dykes

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"Whatever Happened to ...?" #5
Interview: Joe Powell (Gulf Coast referee)
Profiles: Bobby Fields, Lee Fields, Rip Tyler, Cowboy Bob Kelly, Eddie Sullivan, Don Fields, Donald Lortie, Speedy Hatfield
Finishes: Frank Hickey, Hurricane Castillo, Sam Menacker, Larry Cameron, Tony Enos, Elton Owen
False Finish: Gene "Flash Monroe" Dundee

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"Whatever Happened to ...?" #6
Profiles: Don Jardine, Afa Anoai, Billy Anderson, Diamond Lil, Eddie Sharkey, Jay York, Mae Young, Fabulous Moolah, Verne Langdon
Finishes: Eddie Creatchman, Antone Leone, Kit Fox, Ronnie Etchison
Articles:
Farmer Burns by Scott Teal
High Spots
3rd Annual Gulf Coast Wrestlers Reunion
5th Annual Seattle Wrestlers Reunion
The Way I Remember It [Dick Steinborn]

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"Whatever Happened to ...?" #7
Interview: Gorgeous George Grant
Profiles: Dano McDonald, Dick Cardinal, Angelo Poffo, Charlie Smith, Mae Weston, Karl von Hess, Johnny Dupree
Finishes: George Drake, Wilbur Snyder, Ernie Dusek, Ray Candy, Don Kirk
Article:
5th Annual Seattle Wrestlers Reunion
The Way I Remember It [Dick Steinborn]

 
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"Whatever Happened to ...?" #8
Interview: Bob Orton
Special feature: Gorgeous George and Cheri Dupre
Profiles: Bob Geigel, Norman Frederick Charles III, Ella Waldek, Paul Bearer, Bill Parks, Chico Cortez, Ossie Timmins, Tito Carreon
Finishes: The Great Malenko, George Cannon, Paul Anderson, Joey Marella, Kay Bell, Frankie Talaber, Dick the Bruiser, Art Barr, Dr. John Bonica, Scott Peterson
Articles:
Chico the Shooter by George Grant
Cauliflower Alley Club Reunion Photos
The Way I Remember It [Dick Steinborn]

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"Whatever Happened to ...?" #9
Interview: Don "The Buffalo Bomber" Curtis
Finishes: The Great Malenko, Gene Dundee, John Regus, Hardy Kruskamp
Article: Red Bastien's Texas Shoot-Out Reunion

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"Whatever Happened to ...?" #10
Interview: Lord James Blears (part one)
Profiles: Lumberjack Luke, Jim White, Jerry Barber
Finishes: Jerry Blackwell, John Studd, Eddie Gilbert, Woody Strode
Article: 1995 Gulf Coast Wrestlers Reunion Report and Photos

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"Whatever Happened to ...?" #11
Interviews: Roger Kirby, Dennis Hall
Tales of the Road: Rocket Monroe, Flash Monroe, Mickey Doyle

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"Whatever Happened to ...?" #12
Interview: Lord James Blears (part two)
Profiles: Mickey Doyle, Don Duffy, Johnny Eagle, Tony Lawo, Burrhead Jones, Terry Lathan, Ida Mae Martinez, James Melby
Finishes: Ilio DiPaolo, Stan Macelak, Pancho Villa

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"Whatever Happened to ...?" #13
Interviews: Les Thatcher, Bill McDaniel
Articles:
High Spots
1995 Seattle Wrestling Reunion Photos
Tales of the Road: Dano McDonald and Les Thatcher

 
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"Whatever Happened to ...?" #14
Interviews: Bulldog Bob Brown, Gene Dundee
Finishes: Dick Dunn, Chuck Richards, Red McKim, Tiny Anderson, Mr. Chin, Don Ross
Article: High Spots

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"Whatever Happened to ...?" #15
Interviews: Roy Heffernan, Hard Boiled Haggerty
Finishes: Vic Christy, Treach Phillips
Article:
The Way I Remember It [Dick Steinborn]
High Spots

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"Whatever Happened to ...?" #16
Interview: Ox Baker
Profiles: Steve Stanlee, Sam Muchnick
Finishes: Frank Dalton, Black Venus, Jay York
Article: High Spots

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"Whatever Happened to ...?" #17
Interview: Lou Thesz
Finishes: Buddy Fuller

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"Whatever Happened to ...?" #18
Interviews: Don and Al Greene
Finishes: Little Beaver, Killer Karl Krupp
Article: High Spots

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"Whatever Happened to ...?" #19
Interviews: Larry Sharpe, Tom "The Intern" Andrews
Articles:
Cauliflower Alley Club Reunion and Banquet
The Empty Ring
High Spots
The Way I Remember It [Dick Steinborn]

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"Whatever Happened to ...?" #20
Interviews: Don Fargo, Sara Lee, Corsica Joe
Finishes: Dr. Bernhart Schwartz
Article: 1996 Gulf Coast Wrestlers Reunion Report and Photos

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"Whatever Happened to ...?" #21
Special Tribute Issue: Ray Stevens
Interview: Therese Theis
Memories of Ray Stevens by Nick Bockwinkel, Pepper Gomez, Don Fargo, Dick Beyer, Billy Wicks, and Red Bastien
Articles:
The Way I Remember It [Dick Steinborn]
Ray Stevens Memorial Service (He Did It His Way)

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"Whatever Happened to ...?" #22
Interviews: Dick "The Destroyer" Beyer (part two), Dutch Savage
Article:
Lou Thesz celebrates his 80th birthday
The Way I Remember It [Dick Steinborn]

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"Whatever Happened to ...?" #23
Interview: Dr. Ken Ramey (part one)
Article: 5th Pole of the Mat [Dean Silverstone]

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"Whatever Happened to ...?" #24
Interview: Dandy Jack Donovan
Article: Wrestling Legends of the Aud in Buffalo, New York

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"Whatever Happened to ...?" #25
Interviews: Captain Lou Albano, Dr. Ken Ramey (part two)
Article: 5th Pole of the Mat [Dean Silverstone]

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"Whatever Happened to ...?" #26
Interview: Pepper Gomez
Finishes: The Missouri Mauler, Bette Clark
Memories of The Missouri Mauler by: Jody Hamilton, Killer Karl Kox, Frankie Cain, Bob Orton and George Harris

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"Whatever Happened to ...?" #27
Interview: Gary Bruce (son of Ivan Kalmikoff)
Finishes: Cowboy Carlson, Neil Superior, Ivan the Terrible, Ken Farber, George Temple
Articles:
Night of Champions and Legends
Report from Modesto, California
5th Pole of the Mat [Dean Silverstone]
Tales of the Road: Killer Karl Kox

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"Whatever Happened to ...?" #28
Interview: Tom Jones
Finishes: Benji "The Mummy" Ramirez
Comebacks: Len and Joey Rossi
Articles:
The Way I Remember It [Dick Steinborn]
5th Pole of the Mat [Dean Silverstone]

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"Whatever Happened to ...?" #29
Interviews: Ricky Romero, Gladys "Killem" Gillem
Finishes: Juanita "Sapphire" Wright
Articles:
Pet Brown-Texas' First Mat Star
Thesz Sez [Lou Thesz]

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"Whatever Happened to ...?" #30
Interviews: Nick Bockwinkel (part one), Kenny Jay
Articles:
Cauliflower Alley Club Reunion Report and Photos from Tampa, Florida
The Way I Remember It [Dick Steinborn]

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"Whatever Happened to ...?" #31
Interview: Nick Bockwinkel (part two)
Articles: Noell's Ark Gorilla Show [Mark Hewitt]
Thesz Sez ... [Lou Thesz]
wRESTle In Peace: Ray Eckert

 
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"Whatever Happened to ...?" #32
Interview: Ronnie West

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"Whatever Happened to ...?" #33
A never-before-printed interview from 1991 with the late Dr. Jerry Graham, along with road stories and comments about the good doctor by some of the wrestlers and friends he worked with, including Crazy Luke Graham, Sputnik Monroe, Frankie Cain, Bill Bowman, Scott Justice, and Bill Anderson.
Interviews: Lou Thesz, Robbie Ellis and Chuck Molnar
wRESTle In Peace: Bulldog Bob Brown, Gerhard Schaefer, Big City Mike, Tony Lawo, "Judo Joe" Cassidy
Plus — Dick Murdock — with comments by his friends, Terry Funk, Killer Karl Kox, Jack Donovan, Don Carson, and Frankie Cain.
Former Seattle promoter Dean Silverstone tells about "The Lady Wrestler in the Boiler Room" and "Standing Seattle Ribs" in 5th Pole of the Mat."
In "The Way I Remember It," Dick Steinborn shares stories about Paul Anderson, Muhammad Ali, and Frankie Cain.
"High Spots" features a report on the recent Cauliflower Alley Club Reunion

 
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"Whatever Happened to ...?" #34
An interview with Smokey Galento, the wife of the late Mario Galento, along with road stories and comments by some of the wrestlers and friends Mario worked with, including Sputnik Monroe, Frankie Cain, Billy Wicks, Lee Fields, and Joe Powell.
Interviews: Killer Karl Kox, John Buff [Athletic show series #1], and Buddy Porter.
Articles:
"Taking On All Comers" [Mark Hewitt]
Fall Guys Review [J Michael Kenyon]
1997 Gulf Coast Wrestlers Reunion
8th Annual Seattle Wrestling Reunion

 
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"Whatever Happened to ...?" #35
Interviews: Sputnik Monroe., Stu Hart [part 1], Ric Draisin, Bill Dromo
Articles: Glossary of carnival terms
Amarillo Memories [Mike Lano]
"Fifty Years of Funk" [show in Amarillo]
wRESTle In Peace: Danno O’Shocker by Doug Chambers
Columns:"The Way I Remember It [Dick Steinborn]
"High Spots" features a report on the "Fifty Years of Funk" show in Amarillo

 
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"Whatever Happened to ...?" #36
The feature interview is the final interview ever with Rip Tyler, who passed away just two weeks after the interview was conducted. Billy Wicks, Dean Silverstone, Tim Tyler, Eddie Sullivan, Scott Teal, Terry Lathan and Bill Bowman -- people who knew Ripper the best -- share their memories of him.
Interviews: Dick Cardinal (AT show series), Sailor Art Thomas, Gus Raap, Stu Hart (part two)
wRESTle In Peace: Danno O’Shocker by Doug Chambers
Columnists:
The Way I Remember It [Dick Steinborn opens his photo archives with never-before-published pictures from the ‘50s that he took in the dressing rooms.]
New Columnist: Frankie Cain -- Mephisto’s Musings
New Columnist: Sputnik Monroe -- The Sweet Man Speaks
5th Pole of the Mat [Dean Silverstone]: If You Wanna Wrestle, Learn to Speak the Language
-- plus, a bonus story by Dean about reunions being held around the country.
Historical features:
When the Tiger Tamed the Olympian (John Pesek vs Nat Pendleton)
The History of the Belts, a look at the World Heavyweight Title
Articles:
Photos and reports on the 1997 East Coast Cauliflower Alley Banquet
The Ilio DiPaolo Memorial Show.
Plus! A round-robin, story-telling marathon by Dick "Destroyer" Beyer, Don Fargo, Dick Steinborn, Billy Wicks and Ted Allen. Great stories and ribs told by the legends themselves.

 
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"Whatever Happened to ...?" #37
Feature interview: The Toast of the Coast — Gorgeous George Jr.
Interviews:
Mike Shaw reflects on his days as Bastion Booger and Norman the Lunatic.
The legendary Don Leo Jonathan tells his story (a rare full-page photo of Don Leo as the masked El Diablo that was taken in the ‘50s graces the back cover).
Also, Hamilton, Ontario’s own Frank "Scotty" Thompson.
Articles:
Ron’s Reflections by former WCW referee Ron West.
A review on a great, new video series that chronicles the history of the Central States wrestling promotion, featuring exclusive interviews with Bob Geigel, Harley Race, Mike George, and more!
Wyoming’s Wrestling Rancher, a review on a book about Clarence Eklund, by J Michael Kenyon

 
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"Whatever Happened to ...?" #38
Interviews: Billy Wicks (with rare photos from Billy’s collection), Tim Tyler, Mad Dog Vachon (part one), Tom Renesto (the Assassin)
Articles:
1998 Gulf Coast Wrestler’s Reunion Report
For Three Minutes, a Dream Comes True by Mike Rodgers
The Moondog Howls by Moondog Ed Moretti
Columnist: Steinborn

 
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"Whatever Happened to ...?" #39
Interviews: Tinker Todd, Sal Dominguez, Chuck Cell, "Nightmare" Ted Allen
Articles:
Karl von Hess: a profile by Mark Hewitt
Ring Around the Northwest by Mike Rodgers
Tales of the Road: Stu Hart and Calgary
Plus! Photos taken at recent reunions of Dean Ho, Gino Brito, Tony Marino, Willie "Wolfman" Farkas, and more.
Columnists: Mephisto, Silverstone, Steinborn

 
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"Whatever Happened to ...?" #40
Interviews: Benny McGuire, Bill Crouch, Lou Thesz, Percival A. Friend, Danny Roland, Dr. John Bonica
Article: Dr. John Bonica
New Columnist: Tinker Todd, Tinker’s Tales
New Columnist: Ossie "Oz" Timmins, Tales of Oz
Columnist: Steinborn

 
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"Whatever Happened to ...?" #41
Interviews: Baron von Raschke, Moondog Moretti, Ernie Moore, Lou Newman
Article: Bobby "Hercules" Graham by Mike Norrid
Columnist: Ossie Timmins
Photos and Reports:
8th Annual Gulf Coast Wrestler’s Reunion
Cauliflower Alley Club Annual Banquet, Newton, Iowa

 
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"Whatever Happened to ...?" #42
Interviews: Eddie "Scotty" Williams, Kurt von Stroheim, Ted DiBiase, The Golden Gladiator (aka Ronnie Hill)
wRESTle In Peace: Gorilla Poggi, Chet Tharpe, Harry Thornton
New Columnist: Vic Orlandino, Vic Orlandino’s Top 10
Columnists: Mephisto, Silverstone, Steinborn, Timmins, Todd
Photos and Reports:
1999 Seattle Wrestler’s Reunion by Mike Rodgers
33rd Annual CAC convention and Banquet by Harry White

 
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"Whatever Happened to ...?" #43
Interviews: Danny Hodge, Curtis "The Infernos" Smith, Johnny Heideman, Brian Hildebrand (Mark Curtis)
Articles:
Strangler Lewis: What’s in a Name? by Mark Hewitt
High Spots by Roger Kirby
New Columnist: Ronnie Hill [Ron’s Rant]
Columnists: Mephisto, Silverstone, Steinborn, Todd

 
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"Whatever Happened to ...?" #44
Interviews: Dick Hutton, Zoltan the Great, Cousin Luke (aka Gene Lewis)
Columnists: Mephisto, Steinborn, Timmins, Todd

 
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"Whatever Happened to ...?" #45
Interviews: Pat Barrett, Natasha the Hatchet Lady, Bobby Simmons
wRESTle In Peace: Lee Fields, Jesse James
Photo Feature: Gulf Coast Wrestlers Reunion 2000
Columnists: Mephisto, Steinborn, Timmins, Todd

 
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"Whatever Happened to ...?" #46
Interviews: Scott Casey, Red Donovan, Big Jim Lancaster, Buddy Colt
New Columnist: Bobby Simmons, Third Man in the Ring
Columnists: Mephisto, Silverstone, Steinborn, Timmins, Todd
Articles:
"Heart Attack" by Les Thatcher
9th Annual Gulf Coast Wrestlers Reunion
Cauliflower Alley Club Reunion
"If Only Those Walls Could Talk" by Harry White

 
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"Whatever Happened to ...?" #47
Interviews: Gentleman Ed Sharpe (aka Soldier Barry), B Brian Blair, Buddy Wayne, Karl "Skull" von Stroheim
wRESTle In Peace: Rito Romero, Kung Fu, George Becker
Articles:
George Becker Photo Scrapbook
"Buddy Rogers Loses Two Straight" by George Grant
Memories of Sputnik Monroe by Mickey Doyle
"London Bridge" by Dotty Curtis
"Who Makes the Rules?" by Mark Nulty

 
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"Whatever Happened to ...?" #48
Interviews: Hangman Bobby Jaggers, Jack Laskin
Columnists: Hill, Mephisto, Silverstone, Simmons, Steinborn, Todd
Article:
Cauliflower Alley Club Reunion Report
10th Annual Gulf Coast Wrestlers Reunion
Notes from Don Luce

 
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"Whatever Happened to ...?" #49
Interviews: Lord Alfred Hayes, Lord Littlebrook
wRESTle In Peace: Ossie Timmins
Columnists: Hill, Mephisto, Orlandino, Silverstone, Steinborn, Todd, Luce

 
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"Whatever Happened to ...?" #50
Interviews: Maniac Mike Davis, Violet Ray, Frank Martinez, Jimmy Valiant
wRESTle In Peace: Lou "Shoulders" Newman
Articles:
The "Original" Great Mephisto by Frankie Cain
Fall Guys and Toots by Steve Yohe
Biographies of the Legends: Joe Turner by Mark Hewitt
Guest Columnist: Bob Roop
Columnists: Hill, Mephisto, Orlandino, Silverstone, Simmons, Steinborn, Todd

 
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"Whatever Happened to ...?" #51
Interviews: Jimmy Valiant, George "Two-Ton" Harris, Tom Renesto Jr.
New Columnist: Bob Roop, Stretching the Truth
Columnists: Hill, Mephisto, Orlandino, Silverstone, Steinborn, Timmins, Todd

 
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"Whatever Happened to ...?" #52
Interviews: Sid Freeman, Ricky "The Gladiator" Hunter
wRESTle In Peace: Lou Thesz (contributions by Kit Bauman, Dick Beyer, Tim Woods, Bob Orton, Nick Bockwinkel, Dean Silverstone, Dick Hutton, Don Leo Jonathan, Bill Dromo, Sputnik Monroe, Leo Garibaldi, Les Thatcher, Frankie Cain, Ole Anderson, Danny Hodge, Red Bastien, Charlie Thesz)
wRESTle In Peace: Billy "The Medic" Garrett
Contributions by Shirley Garrett, Jim "Hangman" Starr, Slim Marlin
Articles:
Northwest Wrestling Reunion Report by Mike Rodgers
Cauliflower Alley Banquet and Report by Harry White
Report from Las Vegas by J Michael Kenyon
2002 Gulf Coast Wrestler’s Reunion by Bill and Anne Bowman
Columnists: Orlandino, Silverstone, Steinborn, Todd

 
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"Whatever Happened to ...?" #53
Interviews: Tony Atlas, B Brian Blair, Joe Rossi, Baron Gattoni (interview with Rick Gattoni)
Columnist: Frankie Cain

 
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