|Posted by Johnny Mantell on August 13, 2014 at 12:00 AM||comments (4)|
I've got some really good stories from my past, most of them I am heavily involved. This one is where I'm merely a spectator and was blessed to be a part of the memory!
In my youth (I know that was ages ago), Baseball lasted all summer long, a kid would play Little League Baseball until you were 12, in the Big League until you were 15. This story is from my Big League days at Chino Hills Little League. The leagu...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Johnny Mantell on August 16, 2013 at 12:00 AM||comments (0)|
As I get ready to travel to California for my brother’s 50th Wedding Anniversary, I’m going to get to see a young man that my friend Red Bastien introduced me to back in 1979 and I’m still proud to call him my friend to this day; Seeing Steve Pardee after all of these years will be out of this World!!
So today in celebration of going to get to spend a few days with a dear friend I’m going to tell a st...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Johnny Mantell on July 30, 2013 at 8:45 PM||comments (0)|
Today’s story is a great story of Life and being at the right place or maybe the right spot in Life’s great journey or some of you may see it as being in the “wrong spot” either way it was a “Life Moment”.
Vancouver, British Colombia – The Portland crew went there to work about once a month. Sometimes we flew; a few times Ron Starr and I drove. In these days, 1979, crossing the borde...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Johnny Mantell on July 24, 2013 at 8:15 PM||comments (0)|
Let’s talk about Ribs… Not the kind we eat, although that kind rib has been used for this kind of Fun! Of course, I have pulled a rib on a few people and today’s story is one on Dr. Tom Pritchard; He’s definitely not a Dr. of Horticulture…
Now this little story takes place just outside of Los Angeles, the LA territory in 1980 where I was wrestling as The Hood. I had not yet moved to Texas so our...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Johnny Mantell on July 24, 2013 at 8:10 PM||comments (0)|
My stories have gotten to the point that everyone now wants to hear about a Rib that was played on ME!! And me being a kid just 18-19 years old in the World of Wrestling, especially in the late 1970s, well all I can legally say is WOW! And with the way wrestling was in those days it was hard for a young man of that age to not let some of that popularity get to your head.
So this particular night in Jackson, MS Jerry Oats and...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Johnny Mantell on July 18, 2013 at 2:00 PM||comments (0)|
You know I got a call a couple days ago from my dear friend Pork Chops Cash telling me about another from our fraternity had passed, Tom Shaft. Tom had been a pro boxer turned Pro Wrestler. Boy, let me tell you as a 20 yr. old young man sitting there listening to his stories of sparring with Muhammad Ali were just awesome!!
But this story is about life moments; those stories that Tom told me where just that, Life Moments. Wh...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Johnny Mantell on July 3, 2013 at 5:40 PM||comments (0)|
My life in this business has been fun, exciting, dangerous and sad, but it has been and continues to be Rewarding!
Today my story is from my Mississippi days with George & Gil Culkin. It starts the Summer of 1978. What a crew we had; Frankie Cain, Oki Shikina, Terry Gordy, Jody Rossi, Pork Chops Cash, Tom Jones, and cast of other characters. One of our regular shows was in an Armory in Greenville, MS. This building had ...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Johnny Mantell on June 25, 2013 at 2:55 PM||comments (0)|
While working for George and Gil Culkin in 1978-79 in Jackson, MS. The Life-long Lessons about Fellowship and breaking bread was just how we rolled and didn’t think twice about it! The Territory was full of Legends and Diamonds in the Rough…. Frankie Cain, Lou Thesz, Oki Shikina, Tom Jones & Dr. X to a young Terry Gordy, Percy Pringle, Michael Hayes, Kimala, myself and one wrestler Gene Lewis (Gene Kelly in the NW-Oregon days, The Mongol during WCCW...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Johnny Mantell on June 18, 2013 at 2:35 PM||comments (0)|
Another story of the World Class days is a little trust, a little naive, and a little “get home early!” You see Lubbock, Texas was one of the Long trips for the Dallas territory. If you wanted to fly in those days, even with Southwest Airlines opening up, the last flight out of Lubbock back to Dallas was like 9:50 pm. With an 8 o’clock bell time, it was tough to make that flight. So let’s say if Gene Lewis (The Mongol) & I drove to Love ...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Johnny Mantell on June 12, 2013 at 3:40 PM||comments (0)|
My life in the Dallas territory was busy with activity. First, my Dad and I had a working horse ranch where we bred, foaled and trained Thoroughbred & Quarter Horse race horses, that Ranch of course was located right in the heart of Montague County, Texas; we were about 100 miles from the Sportatorium, 75 miles from Will Rogers. For a lot of those early years, I had Tom Jones (then Mr. Ebony in my Hood mask), Gene Lewis (The Mongol) or Dewey Robertson (The Miss...Read Full Post »