by: Bob Magee

Some more on the human side this week...

The first wrestling I ever watched was that of the old Detroit promotion which had TV on CKLW, Channel 9 from Windsor, Ontario, Canada. It featured The Sheik, Mark Lewin, and of course, Houston Harris, known to the wrestling world as Bobo Brazil. By watching that action on Saturday afternoons; and seeing such craziness as The Sheik "throwing fire" (long before I knew what flash paper was), I got into the unique experience called wrestling at age 7.

Being only seven years old, I didn't yet realize that, besides drawing money, Houston Harris was also breaking some barriers. He was the first black man working some territories...the first nationally known black wrestler that the average Apter mag reader read of, along with Sailor Art Thomas....and the first black man that some of those watching black and white TV screens ever cheered for and could see as a man.

So with that memory in mind, I'd like to give a plug to the Second Annual Bobo Brazil, Sr. Memorial Show. The event will be held January 15 and January 16th, 1999 at the Indianapolis Airport Holiday Inn in Indianapolis, IN. It will consist of the following:

On January 15th, from 6:00-9:30 pm, a Hall of Fame Induction Banquet will take place. Scheduled to appear at press time are Arn Anderson, Tully Blanchard, Dory Funk, Jr., Bobo Brazil, Jr., and local UWA stars The Great Abdullah and Big Red. Tickets are $40.oo for this event.

Later that night, from 11:00 pm until ?, a Pizza party/Meet and Greet will take place, also at the Indianapolis Airport Holiday Inn. Tickets are $10.00 for this event.

On January 16th,from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm, a Wrestling Fan Convention will take place, again at the Indianapolis Airport Holiday Inn. Various vendors will take part in this Convention. Admission to the Convention is $10.00.

Later that night, beginning at 8:00 pm, the Bobo Brazil Memorial Show will take place at the Benjamin Davis Junior High School in Indianapolis.

The matches at press time are:

Big Red (UWA) vs. JR Ryder (NWA-CWA/PWA/ECWA)

Sgt. Nelson and D-Train vs Billy Bart and Unforgiven (UWA)

Flyin' Andy Chane vs. The Slayer (UWA Junior Heavyweight Title)

Hard Rock Hamilton vs. Haystacks Ross (Soul City Wrestling Heavyweight Title)

Steve Corino-Harley Lewis (NWA-CWA) vs. Bounty Hunters (UWA Tag Champions)

Tully Blanchard-"Dice Man" Ronnie Vegas

Bobo Brazil, Jr./Dory Funk, Jr. vs. "Dangerous" Doug Gilbert/Tommy Gilbert

Ticket prices are $20.00 for ringside, $15.00 General Admission and $7.00 for children.

For information on any of the above, call (317) 244-2438.

Anyone wishing to travel to Indianapolis, can arrange to stay at the Indianapolis Airport Holiday Inn for a special rate of $89/night For reservations, call 1(800) HOLIDAY, and request the Bobo Brazil Sr. Memorial rate.

Until next time....

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