Tuesday, June 03, 2003

Pro wrestler "Classy" Freddie Blassie died yesterday at age 82

The news is still coming through the wires, but I leanred last night that pro wrestler "Classy" Freddie Blassie died yesterday at age 82. He, like Miss Elizabeth who died a few weeks ago, was another icon of my youth watching wrestling with my father on Saturday mornings. Joe told me that Blassie was just on WWF the other night promoting his new book, which Joe just bought last week.

Also gone just recently is 5-time presidential contender Charles Doty, an eccentric old man who dreams of becoming president one day. He used to drive his old blue van around to public places were he hopes that large groups of people converge (i.e. Wal-Mart parking lots) and holds little "political rallies", usually consisting of only two or three people. Vance once interviewed him for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (top of page) and he even appeared on the TDS election night special. When TDS came back on the air after 9/11 they reran the Charles Doty story as an example of what makes this country great -- the freedom for anyone to pursue their dreams, no matter how far out of reach they may seem.