My hunger wasn’t the only reason I was looking forward to arriving at the big Grand Opening of Charades Nostalgic Grille in Vinton, VA. I had been a fan of Jeremy Meador’s Boogies Wrestling Camp website since I first heard about it, so I was really looking forward to finally meeting him in person. & how often do you get the chance to eat a hamburger that was created by & named after your all time favorite pro wrestler?! I had just had a fun day at Happy’s Flea Market w/Jimmy Valiant & Sweet Dreams Jody V. We spent most of the day selling wrestling souveniers & handing out hundreds of flyers advertising the new restaurant. I also found time to visit briefly w/my brother, Mike Adams, who stopped by to see us. You can see Mike in his brilliant portrayal of NoDQ in my Mistaken Liberty short film. Mike is also a long time DJ & you can currently hear his voice in commercials all over the radio. Speaking of music, at one point during the day at Happy’s, Boogie & I swapped stories about meeting The Monkees. You can read Boogie’s account of hanging out w/the legendary band in his Woo… Mercy Daddy! book. To hear about the time I met Monkees drummer/singer Micky Dolenz, uh, just ask me sometime. Our good friend & BWC family member ‘Bluegrass’ Gary met us at Happy’s & then we all made the quick trip from 5411 Williamson Rd. in Roanoke to 1094 Bypass Rd. in Vinton.
The flyers must have worked because the place was jam packed and rockin’! In one of those ‘surreal in a good way’ moments, I finally got to enjoy that first delicious Boogie Woogie Burger while I watched its namesake, WWE Hall of Famer Jimmy Valiant, signing autographs & hanging out w/the fans, friends and family who showed up for the big event. I collected some autographs of my own as I got a Charades menu signed by Boogie, Jody V, Bluegrass & Jeremy himself, who I really enjoyed meeting. He was obviously too busy to talk for long, but he was still nice enough to take time out to welcome me to the restaurant & talk about the Jimmy Valiant Dream Match story we had co-written. You can now read that story over on Jeremy’s BWC site of which I am now proud to be an official staff member. I was fortunate enough to spot pro wrestlers Drake Tungsten & ‘Steel Mill’ Steve Steele in the crowd & they were nice enough to add their signatures to my menu. It was a special day w/great food & friends. My only regret is that I didn’t have room to try the Junkyard Dog, which was just one more of the many wrestling & pop culture themed menu items. Boogie & Junkyard Dog made a great tag team back in the day & next time I’m in Vinton I will be sure to come extra hungry so I can stop by Charades to ‘reunite’ that great Junkyard/ Boogie Woogie tag team! The only other thing that didn’t go my way was the fact that the game of pinball that I played at the restaurant was over in record time. My character Magnet Man may have the power to control all things metal, but no matter how hard I tried I could not keep that little metal ball from zipping right past my flippers! The next time you stop by Charades, you can try your hand at pinball or one of their other arcade games. Maybe you can even beat my low score! Be sure to go to the Charades Nostalgic Grille website more information on this fine eating establishment.
When you think of Valentine’s Day, some of the first things that may come to your mind are love, hearts, flowers & candy. If you are a long time wrestling fan then you will probably also think of Johnny Valentine & his son Greg ‘The Hammer’ Valentine. I have to admit Johnny’s career was a bit before my time, but his legend is not lost on me. Not long ago I was at a BWF wrestling show & I picked up a VHS tape called Wrestling’s Greatest Matches, The Golden Era. There is a terrific, action packed match on that tape which features Johnny Valentine doing battle w/Buddy Rogers. It was a great introduction to just how exciting Valentine could be in the ring. I have since enjoyed several of Valentine’s matches thanks to the internet. & of course, being a diehard Mid-Atlantic fan I remember Greg Valentine very well. I have to admit I never liked him because of his bad attitude & dishonest tactics & I always cheered for him to lose. Considering he didn’t want the support of the fans then I guess that should be considered a compliment. & despite my cheering against him, his wrestling ability & desire to hurt people led him to a very successful championship career in the sport that continues to this day. Plus, he has the distinction of being a former partner to King James, which of course was the name Jimmy Valiant used briefly when he first entered the NWA. You can actually see footage of King James & Valentine together as a team on Vol. 1 of Boogie’s ‘Best of’ DVDs. The Hammer was also one half of the Dream Team who were managed by none other than Valiant Brother Lucious Johnny V. & in keeping w/the Valentine theme of this post, when Jimmy formed his very first tag team w/Gary Molenhour, they were known as The Valentine Brothers. Jimmy’s surname was of course later changed to Valiant to avoid confusion w/Johnny Valentine. Be sure to check out Boogie’s new Ultimate Shoot Interview DVD to hear him talk about the great Johnny Valentine & many other wrestling stars.
As a special Valentine’s Day treat, I’d like to share w/you the following romantic footage I found on YouTube recently. Watch as The Boogie Woogie Man courts Adrian Street’s valet Miss Linda & ends up paying the price. This story did have a happy ending though. Jimmy & Adrian eventually worked out their differences & even formed a short-lived tag team. Miss Linda & Adrian Street are together to this day & of course Boogie eventually found his true love, Angel. I hope each of you has a Valentine’s Day full of love, happiness & maybe even some candy! Thanks for reading!
On Tuesday, October 20, 2009, Jimmy & Angel Valiant held a book reading followed by a Q&A session & a signing at Meadowbrook Public Library in Shawsville, VA. When I first found out about the event I was really hoping I would be able to attend. Imagine my disappointment when I found out that I was scheduled to work that Tuesday. Thankfully, due to an understanding supervisor, I was able to get the night off on short notice & soon I was off to Shawsville for the unique opportunity to see two of my favorite authors reading from their works & answering questions. After a more or less ninety minute drive from my house to Alleghany Springs Road, I arrived in the library parking lot. I was very impressed w/the library facilities. In addition to the expected expanse of books, Meadowbrook also boasts a wide variety of current DVD movies & also a comic book section which I especially enjoyed since I also happen to be a big fan of the sequential arts. After flipping through a cool Batman comic for a few minutes, I went off in search of the man & woman of the hour. I usually show up early for events like this & tonight was no exception. One advantage of my early arrival was the fact that Boogie had time to take me on a quick tour of the library’s Shawsville Museum. I’ve never been in a library w/its own museum before, so I was all kinds of impressed. This museum consists of two big rooms filled w/a wealth of items from Shawsville’s rich history. & of course no Shawsville Museum would be complete w/out a display dedicated to Boogie’s Wrestling Camp.
When the tour was finished & I had helped myself to some delicious refreshments, I took my seat & the presentation began. After a warm welcome from the famous couple, Angel read selections from both the Woo… Mercy Daddy book & her own Piggy in a Blanket children’s book. Boogie told road stories as only he can tell them, including a hilarious story that I had never heard before about Ric Flair. You can hear that story yourself on Boogie’s brand new Ultimate Shoot Interview DVD. The evening ended w/a Q&A full of great questions from the crowd. I myself made sure not to miss the opportunity to ask Angel if any of her future books would feature the same characters from her first fabulous story. Time will tell!
Angel & Jimmy entertain the audience
Afterward, Boogie & Angel gladly signed books for the fans & of course everyone left w/a big hug from the authors. One added bonus for me was the fact that I got to spend a moment talking w/pro wrestler & BWC graduate Kidd Lightning who was in attendance that night. You never know who you might run into at any event featuring Boogie & Angel! It was also a thrill for me to meet Tom Angleberger who writes for the Roanoke Times & is the author of the upcoming novel, The Strange Case of Origami Yoda. I gave him one of my Boogie comics & he was nice enough to contact me later to thank me & to offer some kind words. You can find out more about Tom & his new book at his origamiyoda.com website. It was a special night that I will always treasure. If Boogie & Angel ever do another special evening like that one, I would highly recommend it to anyone. I know I will do everything in my power to be there! & if you are ever anywhere near the area, be sure to stop by Meadowbrook Library, if for no other reason than to see a library w/its own museum inside! & be sure to check out the Book Tour dates because you never know where Boogie, & maybe even Angel too, might show up next!
The last time I was at BWC was on January 17th. 10th Floor Productions was there shooting a pilot for a new reality show about the camp. While I was there, Boogie took me around the main camp building & showed me several wonderful drawings of professional wrestling stars from the past & present. The drawings were all taken from the covers of Georgiann Makropoulos’ long running, world famous Wrestling Chatterbox Newsletter. Boogie’s enthusiasm was obvious as he showed me the pictures & I knew in that moment that he thought the world of Georgiann & that she was very special to him. There was no way we could have known that just a very short time later, this great wrestling journalist & Boogie’s dear friend would be gone. Jimmy has asked me to share his thoughts about Georgiann on this website w/the following statement:
RIP "The First Lady of Wrestling"
Whenever I reminisce on the pleasures life had brought me in professional wrestling, I always begin with thoughts of Georgie.
I first met this special lady in 1970 in New York City. Georgie could never do enough for anyone that had the pleasure of knowing her. I always kept in touch with this dear sweet lady no matter where I was working.
When Angel and I opened Boogie’s Wrestling Camp Hall of Fame Museum in Shawsville, VA in September of 1992 she was first to offer her services to help publicize it. Later, BWC was advertised in her outstanding Chatterbox wrestling newsletter for years.
I will always have a special place in my heart for Georgiann Makropoulos. She will be missed by all who knew her. God Bless her family and friends. Love you, Georgie.
For more memories of Georgiann Makropoulos, check out this nice remembrance from
The Official WWE website.
I was saddened today when I heard the news that wrestling had lost another great legend & champion in Jack Brisco. Some of my earliest memories of watching wrestling include cheering the awesome Brisco Brothers to victory after victory on TV every Saturday. Just recently I was watching a Starrcade DVD w/my friend Griff & the championship tag match featuring the Brisco Brothers vs Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood from ’83 was definitely one of the highlights of the collection. It not only brought back fond memories for me, it also reminded me of just how great Jack & Jerry Brisco were as a tag team. & Jack was just as successful & just as talented as a singles wrestler, having held the NWA World Championship belt on more than one occasion. Morgan Dollar, Cauliflower Alley Club's Webmaster, called Boogie to share the sad news & to fondly remember Brisco’s life & career. Jimmy remembered Brisco as “One of the Greatest World Champions in the NWA. From High school to the Pros. I watched his matches not as a worker but as a fan.” Jimmy also said of Brisco, “Jack ranks in the top 5 of the business.” & “I just loved him dearly.”
For more of Boogie’s thoughts on Jack Brisco & to read the complete, touching tribute on the official CAC website, just click on the following link.
The Boogie Jam Online Website staff offers our sincere, heartfelt condolences to Jack Brisco’s family & friends during this time of loss. We will always remember the wealth of exciting wrestling memories he left behind.
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