2010 James Melby Recipient Checks In

To friends new and old of the Cauliflower Alley,

I am most appreciative and humbled to have been an honoree at the 2010 Cauliflower Alley reunion.  To be acknowledged by this group of esteemed alumni in our business was not only a career high, but an achievement which is (to date) unparalleled by any success I have achieved in and out of the ring.

Preserving the legacy of those who have paved the road, many who are also members of this club is important work, and is a duty that I am proud to carry out.  So far, building on the pioneering efforts of James C. Melby and drawing from the expertise of more than two dozen researchers, I am pleased to say that we have amassed results from all parts of the world from 1867 to present, have compiled career records for more than 230 wrestlers of past and present, and I am currently making efforts to ensure that this research is housed and recognized by public archives and libraries.  Just recently, 1,400 pages of original research was issued to the Provincial Archives of Alberta for a new professional wrestling history collection.  This work will continue for years to come.

I would like to thank those who have extended a hand in friendship by sharing their experience, wisdom, opinions, and stories with myself and others who aspire to be tomorrow’s legends.  I hope that we can maintain the high standard of performance and professionalism that you have established before us.

I look forward to seeing you all at the 46th annual reunion next year.

With respect,

Vance Nevada
Author, Wrestling in the Canadian West

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