The Cauliflower Alley Club is sad to report the passing of one of the pioneers of the golden age of women's professional wrestling, CAC Lifetime member, Ethel Aschenbrenner Brown.
As reported by her daughter, Fyffe Aschenbrenner, on Facebook:
"The Pin Down Girl has had her final match. 5/25/31 -7/21/21. RIP Mom"
In 2008 Ms. Brown's daughter, produced a short biographical film of her mother titled, Pin Down Girl: The Story of Ethel Brown. The 20 minute film focused on the time period from 1950 to 1956 when Ethel found glamour, travel, friendship, money and disillusionment working as a lady wrestler from 1950 to 1956.
In 2012, during my first visit to the CAC, I had the honor of sitting at the dinner table with Ms. Brown on both nights of that year's reunion.
When I got home I sent her a quick note on Facebook:
"It was both an honor and a pleasure to break bread with you, both nights, at the CAC this past week. Although we didn't really get a chance to chat and, I wasn't able to eat it, THANKS for passing your slice of cake down to me as well! LOL
God bless you and keep you in the happiest of moods and in the best of health, until we meet again."
To which she replied, "It was my honor to sit with you both nights. Hopefully we'll be able to repeat it all next year and maybe even add some conversation.That means however that We'll need to sit a wee bit closer.Thank you for the lovely note.............. Ethel"
Rest in peace Ms. Brown, you were one of many that turned my very first CAC experience into an everlasting love affair.
On behalf of the entire CAC family I extend my sincerest condolences to your family, friends and fans.