Meet the CAC Board Members



Brian Blair, President and Chief Executive Officer

Known simply as “B” to family and close friends, Brian was tagged with this “nickname” by his mother and younger siblings. After growing up from very humble beginnings, Brian fell in love with Championship Wrestling from Florida, where he lived since the age of 10. Brian played football on an athletic scholarship at Saint Leo College in Florida and the University of Louisville, and trained for three long summers with Hiro Matsuda and other wrestling superstars. Only three out of 100 people that tried out during those three summers went on to wrestling fame: “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff, Hulk Hogan and Brian Blair. Brian’s wrestling career has taken him to about 40 countries and he has had over 5,000 matches, including appearances at Wrestlemanias 2, 3, and 4 as a member of the famed Killer Bees tag team alongside “Jumping” Jim Brunzell.

As Brian’s in-ring career began to slow down, he opened the first Gold’s Gym in Tampa, where he and his wife Toni grew this entity into a multi-location, multi million-dollar business. Brian decided to sell the business to pursue politics when he was nominated to sit on the Citizen’s Advisory Board in 2002 through 2004. In November of 2004 he became the Countywide Commissioner in Hillsborough County Florida, a position he held for 4 years. Brian Blair still manages to wrestle a few times each year, and he is currently the Director of Distribution and minority partner in a company called Celebri-tea. Celebri-tea is an Organic RTD (ready to drink) bottled tea. Brian also hosts the bi-monthly “Legends Lunches” in Tampa which are attended by greats from the past. Honored in 2002 by the CAC, Brian says he is both “humbled and honored to be selected as a board member to an organization that is a ‘perfect fit’ for me”.



Dean Silverstone, Treasurer

Dean is the former Pacific Northwest wrestling promoter and currently holds two positions within the Cauliflower Alley Club –  Secretary and Treasurer. Dean began working in the Northwest area in 1958 and left the business in 1976 after promoting in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, British Columbia and Alaska. Dean became a CAC Director in 1995 and was named to the Executive Committee in 1999.  Dean and his wife, Ruth, were the co-editors of “The Ear,” the official newsletter of the Cauliflower Alley Club, for many years. 



Royal Duncan, Newsletter Publisher

Royal Duncan was born and raised in Illinois and received a Bachelors Degree from Bradley University. Royal has owned and operated the Peoria, IL based Royal Publishing Company, the nations leading producer of sports program books, since 1979. In 1984, Royal joined with Dave Coker to form Mania Productions which syndicated professional wrestling and roller derby television shows throughout the Midwest. Mania Productions also promoted live wrestling events in coordination with the World Wrestling Federation, World Championship Wrestling, and the American Wrestling Association including the St. Valentines Day Massacre of 1985 and the first closed-circuit Wrestlemania on March 31, 1985. Additional activities include publishing two pro wrestling books: Wrestling Title Histories (editions 14) and Wrestling Real Names and Aliases. The former has been called the Bible of the sport (New York Times Magazine), the ultimate argument settler (Cliff Ducey of Boston Herald), and the greatest reference work ever published on pro wrestling (Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer). Royal publishes The Ear, the official newsletter of the Cauliflower Alley Club and also donates our Reunion program every year. In 2004, Royal was inducted into the Illinois Basketball Hall of Fame.


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Gloria Lovell, Executive Secretary

A wrestling fan since the age of 5, Gloria and the Cauliflower Alley Club seemed like a good fit.  With over 25 years of event planning/managing experience, she brings a wide array of knowledge to the club.  She has promoted events for Starz Entertainment, the Denver Nuggets, Colorado Avalanche, numerous musical artists, and even a stint with the WWF.  Growing up in a military family, traveling is in Gloria’s blood, and she and her husband, Dennis, have traveled the globe, and they are always looking for new destinations.  She has been involved with the Make-A-Wish Foundation for more than 25 years, and joined the CAC board in 2002.



David Buckler, Webmaster

Professional wrestling has been a part of David’s life for the past 30 years. He became a fan in the mid-80’s after attending live events at the old Hershey Park Arena. Since that time David has dedicated himself to learning about the history of the sport, and in turn has gained a tremendous respect for the performers he grew up watching. Serving on the CAC Executive Board of Directors allows David to give back to this industry. David used to co-host CAC Radio with Morgan Dollar for 7 years, works on the club’s website, and is the emcee of the Tuesday night awards ceremony. David is a Senior Project Manager for CACI, Inc. in the Northern Virginia area. Focusing on business process improvement and simulation analysis, David teaches, speaks, and consults throughout the country. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from Gettysburg College and a Master’s Degree in Operations Research from George Washington University. In addition, David is a ring announcer, member of the Screen Actors Guild, and an Advanced Toastmaster.


Scott Hosey, Nostalgia Fair and Operations

Scott became a pro wrestling fan at a very young age and this interest prompted him to join the CAC, where he ultimately became a lifetime member and currently serves on the Board of Directors since 2002. In addition, he has promoted many independent wrestling events in the Las Vegas area, working with several professional wrestlers that includes former legends and current superstars. Scott currently promotes sports collectibles and celebrity conventions, including autograph sessions with many professionals. In the past 30+ years he has promoted over 300 events and has hosted many celebrities, including Mickey Mantle and Muhammad Ali. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the National Sports Collectors convention. Scott is a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians and has hosted multiple sports radio shows nationwide.


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Charlie Smith (Merchandise)

Charlie Smith was born in Atlanta, GA in 1930 and was first exposed to professional wrestling by his father who used to take him to the matches. Before too long, Charlie got a non-paying job as an usher so that he could see the matches for free and then was offered a job selling Coca-Cola. He continued this, trying to break into the business until being invited to the Lakewood Boys Club in Atlanta one night where he ended up breaking into the business. Charlie bounced around refereeing from one group to another, until, in 1957, when he got the call from ABC Booking in Atlanta. Charlie began carrying the ring and refereeing for $25 per night ($15 to referee and $10 for setting up the ring). Charlie continued to referee in Georgia, Florida, Alabama and Tennessee for over 30 years. Charlie has been married to Louise for 52 years and travels throughout the South to sell t-shirts and souvenirs at college football games. Charlie first became active in CAC in 1990 and was elected to the CAC Board of Directors in 2007. You’ll see Charlie each year at the CAC Reunion, near the registration desk selling t-shirts.

Ron Hutchison (Seminars)

Ron Hutchison is a retired Canadian professional wrestler, trainer and promoter who competed for Canadian independent promotions such as Grand Prix Wrestling and Maple Leaf Wrestling as well as a brief stint in the World Wrestling Federation during the mid-1980s. The owner of the Ron Hutchison Wrestling Academy at Sully’s Gym and co-owner of Sweet Daddy Siki and Ron Hutchison’s School of Wrestling, he is credited as one of the leading trainers of professional wrestlers in Canada. His students include Christian, Edge, Trish Stratus, Gail Kim, Beth Phoenix, Traci Brooks, Tiger Ali Singh, Johnny Swinger, Mad Dog Rex, David Diamond, Joe E. Legend, The Original Sinn and Asylum. Ron is also the promoter of the Toronto-based Apocalypse Wrestling Federation and the head trainer of Carmen Electra’s Naked Women’s Wrestling League. In 2014, Ron was honored with the first ever CAC Trainers Award.

R. Bruce Tharpe (Legal Counsel)

R. Bruce Tharpe is the CAC’s new assistant for legal counsel. Mr. Tharpe will be providing pro bono legal support for the club to assist us with our mission of helping wrestlers in need. A Lifetime Member of the CAC, Mr. Tharpe has been licensed to practice law in Texas since December 1989 (27+ years). He is the former Assistant Cameron County DA in Brownsville, Texas from 1990 to 1993, and has been in private practice for approximately 17 years. Mr. Tharpe is also the former President of the National Wrestling Alliance, serving in that post from 2012-2017.

Matt Riviera (Membership)

Born in Russellville, AR Matt Riviera got hooked on pro wrestling at age 12 when scrolling through the channels. WCW Pro was syndicated in the Little Rock/Pine Bluff market at the time and when a 6’6″ white-suit wearing over-the-top southern colonel gimmick worn by Colonel Robert Parker (Robert Fuller) led Dick Slater and Bunkhouse Buck to the ring, Riviera was sold. Riviera has warn many hats throughout the years in the wrestling business. He started as a ringside photographer and published programs for various independent companies in the mid-south region. At age 17 he promoted his first pro wrestling event, a fundraiser for a local FFA chapter. That same night he made his managing debut and got enough heat to “melt the venue” with fans throwing trash and coke bottles as Riviera aided the top heel team to victory. From then on he would wear the striped shirt as a referee for various promotions and aided in booking different companies.

Matt would go on to create TCW (Traditional Championship Wrestling) which ultimately would see the creation of over 80 1-hour HD episodes, a feat not many have been able to obtain. At its’ height, the series was in over 50-million homes on The Pursuit Channel, Soul of the South, and various syndicated affiliates across Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, and Tennessee. The series is currently being syndication internationally in Africa, Cambodia, Canada, and parts of Asia.  Matt officially retired as a wrestling promoter in July 2014 to focus on his own in-ring career. Soaking up knowledge from wrestling greats such as Buddy Landel, Squire Dave Taylor, and others, Riviera is 100% focused on perfecting the art of wrestling.

Bambi Weavil (Communications & Marketing)

Bambi is the founder of Founder of Masters Of Ring Entertainment. Bambi is responsible for leading Master of Ring Entertainment’s efforts in event production, business operations and marketing. Bambi serves as the company’s President of Marketing & PR and works with Masters Of Ring Entertainment’s marketing team to support key growth initiatives. Prior to Masters Of Ring Entertainment, Bambi was the Director of Marketing for EscapeArtist International. In addition, Bambi was the Director of Marketing for Passion & Purpose and YoPro Global.

For over 10 years, Bambi has lead companies and non-profits to forge and implement strategic communications and growth in traditional marketing and social media marketing campaigns by advising, developing, implementing and leading winning marketing strategies in fast-paced environments. Her industry expertise and passion includes social media, cause-related marketing, sports entertainment marketing and media relations. Her efforts have resulted in transforming brands, events and marketing campaigns into increased awareness, visibility, brand recognition and sales. Bambi began her pro wrestling career through journalism, writing for the popular SCOOPS Wrestling through the leadership of Al Issacs, as their first female wrestling columnist writer. She also wrote regularly for and Pro Wrestling Daily. Bambi also started, with Greg Ragland, the popular internet wrestling sites and Squared Circle Magazine.

George Schire (James C. Melby Historians)

For wrestling historian George Schire, professional wrestling has been a part of his life since the mid 1950’s. After he attended his first wrestling card in the old St. Paul Auditorium featuring a main event of Ivan and Karol Kalmikoff against fellow heels Mitsu Arakawa & Kinji Shibuya, he was hooked on the sport and in September 1959, it was Tiny Mills & Stan “Krusher” Kowalski who cemented his addiction to wrestling for life.  George has an entire room in his home completely dedicated to and decorated with wall to wall photos, six file cabinets crammed with wrestling programs, magazines and related memorabilia that he has acquired over the last 58 years.  Over those years, George has been privileged to not only be first and foremost a fan, but also work in the wrestling business in various roles.  He has been a fan club president (for former wrestler Ramon Torres), and a writer and columnist for Wrestling Revue, Wrestling Monthly and the Wrestling News magazines, and contributed historical facts and statistics to many wrestling books published over the years.

George has also been a promoter (for two cards in the early 70s), ring announcer, and ringside commentator calling play-by-play action of matches for television.  The latter work was for Eddie Sharkey’s “Pro Wrestling America” promotion and Tony Condello’s “West Four Wrestling” in the mid 1980’s promoted in Winnipeg, Canada.  Also in the late 1980’s, George was the ring announcer for World Championship Wrestling (WCW) when they came to the Twin Cities in Minnesota.  When wrestling radio was big in the early 1990’s, George co-hosted a weekly radio show (with Pro Wrestling Torch editor Wade Keller) on KFAN-AM 1130, and was also a frequent guest and contributor on another wrestling radio program on WWTC-AM 1280 in the Twin Cities.  

It is as an historian though, that George is best known.  Over the years, he has compiled wrestling results (won/loss) career records that include Dick (the Destroyer) Beyer, Billy Red Lyons, Nick Bockwinkel, Mad Dog Vachon, Greg Gagne, Jim Brunzell, Larry Hennig, Pampero Firpo, Moose Evans, Doug “The Professional” Gilbert, Hans Schmidt, Pat O’Connor, Edouard Carpentier, Stan “Krusher” Kowalski, Lars Anderson, and Cowboy Bill Watts. And also tag team records of Crusher Lisowski & Dick the Bruiser, the Lisowski Brothers, the Vachon Brothers, and “Pretty Boy” Larry Hennig & “Handsome” Harley Race.


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Nick Bockwinkel, President 2007 – 2014

A second generation superstar, Nick Bockwinkel was one of the most respected professional wrestlers of his era. Starting his wrestling career in 1955 after being trained by his father, Warren, and Lou Thesz, Nick traveled all over the country wrestling for various promoters until capturing the Georgia Heavyweight Championship in 1970. Nick soon ventured to the American Wrestling Association (AWA) where he formed a legendary team with Ray Stevens and captured the AWA World Tag Team Titles on three separate occasions. The first of Nick’s four AWA World Heavyweight Title reigns began in 1975 and his in-ring skills, mic work and ability to present himself as a World Champion kept Nick on top of the Association for most of the next 12 years.

Nick retired as an in-ring performer in 1987; however, made a return to the ring in 1993 to wrestle Dory Funk, Jr. at WCW’s Slamboree PPV. Nick has been inducted to the Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame (class of 2003), is a member of the WON Hall of Fame (inaugural class of 1996) and was inducted to the WWE Hall of Fame in 2007. He served on the CAC Board of Directors for several years and was elected to the Presidency in 2007, serving until 2014.



Red Bastien, President 2000 – 2007

“He’s a great guy!” is the most common response you will hear when people are asked to comment on Red Bastien. Many people will talk about how good Red was in the ring, others will mention what a tough guy he was and still others will talk about his time promoting; however, the one thing that everybody agrees on is that Red was just an all-around great person. Red has a long history in wrestling, starting out as a carnival wrestler taking on all comers before moving into the professional ranks. He built a reputation as one of the smoothest workers in the business and one of the original high fliers. Red held belts all over the country including the NWA US Tag Titles (Capitol version) with his “brother” Lou (the late Lou Klein) and held the AWA World Tag Team Title with Hercules Cortez when they were involved in the fateful car wreck that claimed Cortez’s life and caused Red to adopt a stiffer, more mat-based style. As a promoter, Red introduced Konnan and Rey Mysterio Jr. to US rings, and, as a trainer, broke Sting and Ultimate Warrior into the business. Red was inducted into the George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame at the Dan Gable International Wrestling Institute and Museum in 2007. Red served as the CAC President from 2000 until 2007.



Lou Thesz, President 1992 – 2000

Lou Thesz (Aloysius Martin Thesz) was born 4/24/1916 in Banat, MI, and raised in St. Louis. His father, Martin, taught him the fundamentals of Greco-Roman wrestling and took him to watch professional matches, and, at age 15, Lou began to wrestle semi-pro, turning full professional at 17. He was trained and mentored in the arts of submission wrestling and professional wrestling performance by outstanding wrestlers like Ad Santel, George Tragos, the legendary Ed ‘Strangler’ Lewis, and Ray Steele, and in 1937, at age 21, became the youngest world heavyweight wrestling champion in history, capturing the National Wrestling Association world heavyweight title for the first time. He would hold it twice more, and after serving as a dog trainer and hand to hand combat instructor in World War II, would become a silent partner in the St. Louis promotion and hold the National Wrestling Alliance title three more times, the first reign lasting over 8 years, the final reign ending in 1966. Lou traveled the world and was instrumental in the establishment of professional wrestling in Japan, where he was known as the ‘Eternal Iron Man’. Lou continued to perform at top form well into his 60s, and had his final match at age 74 in Japan, losing to his protege, Masahiro Chono. After retiring he continued to represent professional and amateur wrestling as a spokesman, and in his final years made a connection with a new generation of wrestlers and fans via the Internet and his association with the Cauliflower Alley Club. Lou stayed in peak condition his whole life until his heart failed him and he passed away in 2002. He is and always will be remembered as one of the top legitimate wrestlers and performers in the history of the professional wrestling business, and perhaps its greatest ambassador.



Archie Moore, President 1991 – 1992

Born Archibald Wright in Benoit, MS, Archie Moore fought for 27 years and had a career record of 194-26-8 with an amazing 141 (or 145, depending on your source) knockouts. Moore turned pro in 1936 and in 1952, at the age of 39, won the Light Heavyweight Championship which he held for nearly a decade. Nearly unbeatable as a Light Heavyweight, Moore also boxed several men in the heavyweight division, including being the only man to fight both Rocky Marciano and Muhammad Ali. Moore passed away due to heart failure in 1998 in San Diego, CA. One of boxing’s all-time biggest stars, Moore was inducted to the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990, the St. Louis Walk of Fame in 2002 and the California Boxing Hall of Fame in 2006.



“Iron” Mike Mazurki, President 1965 – 1991

Mike Mazurki was born in 1907 in the area now known as the Ukraine. Mike was a successful professional wrestler, but was probably best known as an actor, having appeared in over one hundred movies between 1930 and 1990. His acting credits include both the 1945 and 1990 versions of “Dick Tracy,” “Some Like it Hot” and several appearances on TV shows such as “Fantasy Island,” “Charlie’s Angels” and “Gunsmoke.” Iron Mike held a Bachelor’s Degree from Manhattan College and played minor league football in the years before wrestling. It was over 40 years ago that Iron Mike started the Cauliflower Alley Club as a weekly luncheon where wrestlers, boxers and actors could gather and enjoy fellowship. Today, the CAC’s highest honor is named after him and is given, yearly, to an individual who has found success not only in wrestling, but also in another field. The “Iron Mike” award is one of the most respected awards in the world of professional wrestling.


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Karl Lauer, Executive Vice President

Born in Chicago, Illinois on August 1938, Karl. K. Lauer has spent his lifetime touching many people around the world. Lauer’s family moved to Los Angeles California in 1940, where he would make his home until 1994. His father Karl Lauer Sr. founded Karl’s Equipment Co. in 1947. Lauer Sr. built specialty refrigeration cases under the trade name Flot-Aire (pronounced “Float Air”), which is the system he designed for “Custom” Floral Refrigeration. Karl joined the company in 1962 upon discharge from the Air Force and found success when he took the job of President and CEO of Flot-Aire from 1965-1994, MFG Commercial Refrigeration equipment. The company today is owned and run by his son Wayne Lauer with the main office located in Rolla, Missouri. It is now called Flot-Aire Mid-America.

At the age of twenty years old, Lauer would serve his country as a member of the United States Air Force from 1958 to 1962. For 12 years from 1980-1992, Lauer also served on the United States Congressional Advisory Board under United States Presidents Ronald Reagan and George Bush. This was a non-paid appointment but Lauer said it was an experience and a pleasure to meet President Ronald Reagan, someone he greatly respected and enjoyed learning from him. He does not talk politics very often and said he has never voted a straight ticket but for the candidate. With a business mind, he had a idea to team up wrestling with stock car racing early on with “Wrestle Race”. Mike LeBell the NWA promoter for So Calif turned down the idea, so Lauer just booked his talent from Mike for a flat fee per wrestler and went on with the plan. The team up with be short-lived team up, but the fact that Karl Lauer had a mind for promoting earned the respect of future partner wrestler Gory Guerrero. Gory was one of the most respected and knowledgeable men I have ever known and was a fantastic mentor for me regarding wrestling. Lauer joined the prestigious Cauliflower Alley Club in 1979 when he was sponsored by two very old friends Leo Garibaldi and Red Bastien, back then the only way for someone that did not have the credentials to be a member to join was at the sponsorship of two members.

In January of 1980, the then-President and founder Iron Mike Mazurki of the CAC phoned Karl Lauer and asked him if he would consider become the CAC business manager. “Sure,” Karl said, “how long do you want me to be the business manager?” Mike Mazurki answered: “No time limit.” It has lasted over 30 yrs. In 1983 Lauer became the business manager until 1988 he was asked to be the Vice President while wrestling great Lou Thesz was the president. In 1988 and Chairman of the board in 1989 until finishing up as the CEO starting in 1989 till the present, a total of 35 years with the club with 25 year tenure as the club CEO.

During his life Karl Lauer has been a successful business leader, a Military Veteran in the United States Air Force, a wrestler, a manager, a announcer, a promoter and a key component for the success of the Cauliflower Alley Club. When he started with the CAC they had an estimated 368 members, throughout the years a little over 8,000 have been a part of the organization. Today the CAC is honored to boast an active number estimated of members around 1,000 living. Outside the ring, Lauer enjoys a successful marriage with his wife Barbara. The two were married on June 7, 1960 after meeting each other while both were in the Air Force. After 53 years the two cherish their time with the family. Karl and Barbara enjoy spending time with his son and daughter in law who also adopted two foster kids on the ranch and his three grandsons and 3 granddaughters in Missouri, and 4 more in California.

Karl retired from the Executive Vice President position in April, 2015.


Morgan Dollar, Executive Vice President

Morgan Dollar spent 11 years as a CAC board member, the last three of which were as Executive Vice President. During this time Morgan worked tirelessly to promote the CAC and to help organize the yearly reunion in Las Vegas. Morgan is an award winning referee and brought that passion for the business to his role as Executive Vice President. Karl Lauer, the previous Executive Vice President, said “I gave Morgan a lot of things to do over the years and he never let me down. He was a great asset to the club.” Morgan also was the cohost of CAC Radio for 7 years with fellow board member David Buckler. Morgan’s energy, humor, and good nature were always on display when he was representing the CAC. Morgan resigned as CAC Executive Vice President in May 2018. He, along with his wife Annette, are moving to Las Vegas, NV in the near future from their home in Rural Hall, NC.


Bill Bowman (Bill Sky)

Bill Bowman was born in Mobile, AL on July 1, 1933. His father ran the local YMCA and, through this connection, Bill was introduced to wrestling in the mid-1950’s. After training with Charlie Carr and Buddy Fuller, Bill had is first professional match, wrestling as a heel, in 1958 against Ken Cooper. Bill enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1959 and was stationed in Southern California at Camp Pendleton for two years. Upon being discharged, Bill returned to wrestling in 1961 and spent the next 14 years traveling throughout the south including stints in Louisiana, Mid Atlantic for Jim Crockett, Florida for Cowboy Luttrall and Eddie Graham and he was in Georgia during the infamous split and worked with Ann Gunkels promotion there. Most famous for his tag team with Joe Turner wrestling under the names Bill and Joe Sky, Bill also had a tour of one year working for the Mobile office as an Intern under the guidance of manager Dr. Jerry Graham. Bills last match was in Ponce, PR in 1975 and, after retiring from the ring, Bill worked in management for auto dealerships in Atlanta while wife Ann worked in property management. Both tired of Atlanta and moved on to Pensacola, FL where Bill opened and still operates a full-service Janitorial/Lawn Maintenance company. Bill and Ann were active in the Gulf Coast Wrestlers Reunion from the time of its inception and one can hear the passion Bill has for the organization when talking to him. Bills wife of 38 years, Ann, passed away on December 24, 2006 after a battle with cancer and she is sorely missed by all those who knew her. Bill continues to serve as Secretary for GCWR and is one of the organizations most ardent backers. Bills involvement with CAC began when the reunions were moved to Las Vegas and he was elected to the Board in 2004.


Juan Hernandez

Juan Hernandez is an international karate champion, a five-time national karate champion and holds a 6th degree black belt. After a very successful career as a martial arts competitor, Mr. Hernandez turned his attention to professional wrestling. As a wrestler, he defeated Ivan Koloff for the CIW United States Heavyweight Championship and also held their version of the world title. After breaking his neck in a February 1993 fall, Juan took the time to examine life’s priorities and rededicated his life to God and is now an ordained minister. In 2001 Mr. Hernandez and his wife, Stella, started Alicia’s House, a non-profit food pantry, in honor of their late granddaughter, Alicia. To date, Alicia’s House has fed over 50,000 people and distributed over 1 million pounds of food. In September 2004 The United States Junior Chamber (Jaycees) honored his community service by naming him on of the Ten Outstanding Young Americans. Today, you can find Juan Hernandez sharing his testimony at churches, youth groups, schools and various other community and corporate events throughout the country.


Kurt Nielsen

Born in San Francisco, Kurt started watching wrestling in 1978 with the Roy Shire promotion. Kurt’s father (nearly 60 when he was born) was a wrestling fan dating back to the 1940s, and would give him historical insight that only added to the experience. Kurt started doing camera work and assorted odd jobs (ring crew, office work, gimmick tables, etc.) for Roland Alexander’s APW promotion in the late 1990s, and eventually was trained in the ring, though his bad back prevented him from ever furthering this end of things. Kurt created many wrestler web sites over the years for stars such as Percy Pringle III, Plowboy Frazier, Playboy Buddy Rose and others. He also is developing the animated series Ned Noodlebody, which looks at the wrestling territories in the mid-1970s.


———————— PAST BOARD MEMBERS ————————

Art Abrams (RIP)
Irv Abramson (RIP)
Mitch Ackerman
Bill Anderson
Al Baffert (RIP)
Sidney Balkin
Gary Ballin
Penny Banner (RIP)
Maria Bernardi (RIP)
Fred Blassie (RIP)
Tom Burke
Lord James Blears
Valerie Boesch
Ray Borucki (RIP)
Howard Brody
Brittany Brown
Al Campbell
Eddie Carter
Mike Chapman
Vic Christy (RIP)
Jeffrey Compton
Norm Cote
Don Curtis (RIP)
Wes Daniel
Jason Deadrish
Ilio DiPaolo (RIP)
Morgan Dollar
Chris Drake (RIP)
Tom Drake (RIP)
Dan Gable
Verne Gagne (RIP)
Eleanor Gagnier
Joe Garagiola
Leo Garibaldi (RIP)
Sheldon Goldberg
Bert Goodrich (RIP)
Bill Harris
Peter Heller
Moton Holt
Frank Hurley (RIP)
“Cowboy” Bob Kelly (RIP)
J Michael Kenyon
Walter “Killer” Kowalski (RIP)
Michael Lano
John Philip Law (RIP)
Gene LeBell
Bob Leonard (RIP)
George Luckman (RIP)
Billy Mahoney (RIP)
Al Mandell (RIP)
Robert J. Marella (RIP)
Pete Marquez
Bob Massick (RIP)
Paul Mauer
James C. Melby (RIP)
Jim Moffat
William Murdock
George Napolitano
Michael Neporadny (RIP)
Lou Nova (RIP)
Joseph Palumbo (RIP)
William Pappas
Pat Patterson
Willie Pep (RIP)
Adolpho Perez
John Peterson (RIP)
Jackson Pokress
Timothy O’Sullivan (RIP)
Steve Rickard
Charlie Ross
Russell Rodriguez (RIP)
Archbishop Jason Sanderson
George Schire
Ida Selenkow (RIP)
Gordon Solie (RIP)
Scott Teal
Les Thatcher
Charles Tuzzolino (RIP)
Tony Vellano
Ella Waldek (RIP)
Harry Warren (RIP)
Stanley Weston (RIP)
Marshall L. Wright (RIP)