- File Size: 972 KB
- Print Length: 342 pages
- Publisher: Crowbar Press (April 12, 2014)
- Publication Date: April 12, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00JNRC31U
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,194,237 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
"I Ain't No Pig Farmer!" Kindle Edition
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What a great find for me and those who grew up in the Northwest and who also interested in the business of Professional Wrestling. For me it was a step back in time and this book really filled in the back-story of things I saw firsthand when a teen living in Yakima. Each chapter seemed to open up memories that had been lost for years.
I found this book by accident while doing some research on some of the old wrestling names I remembered watching in the 1970’s . That research led me to “Pig Farmer” and I immediately knew this had to be Lumber Jack Luke (Don Morrison). Just seeing that name associated with a book brought back a lot of memories so I just had to get it for my kindle. What a great read for someone who remembers the Superstar Championship Wrestling days in the 70’s and perhaps very interesting for others from other regions who just want an inside look at the business.
Its all in the book. Now Yes I remember so many of the wrestlers and so many of the antics. I remember the 1st day the SCW came on KAPP TV and the day that they “censored’ Lumberjack Luke’s interview. Yes it was a big deal for a week trying to figure out exactly what he did say. When it turned out to be that Yakima audiences were just a “bunch of stinking Pig Farmers”, I just died laughing and it put a hook into me to see the next level of insults and reactions.
I remember the Yakima Herald who seldom covered "Professional Wrestling" but they covered these SCW controversies and all the heat that this “program” ran. Even though it was a random, off the cuff comment intended to insult the population and thus draw fans, it turned into great bonanza for the SCW business and Dean marketed it perfectly.
Well I could go on and on about things I remember from those few years all triggered by reading the book but perhaps you want to pick it up for yourself. The book was a great inspiration to travel back time and fill in the more complete story.
I also enjoyed learning about Dean as a kid growing up in Seattle. His interest in sports and business. His impression of the Sick Baseball operations and more. It was very interesting to learn of how he stepped into his “dream job” starting with programs and working up through promoting and then the sad decline of his business. Dean grew up in a single parent household but did not let it be an obstacle for success. Dean took life as it came and when he saw openings he took them towards his advantage. Dean’s story is the American Dream of hard work can equal success and happiness.
I remember the KAPP studios moving from downtown to out near the airport into now studio (which would never have been able to accommodate the TV studio shows) and the blow that struck to his business. I liked his telling about all the people he met in the business and on the fringe of the business and his reunions for many years. Very touching and telling of him as a person. Perhaps the most significant part of the book is in fact the reunion stories. Here the true character of the man, Dean and his wife Ruth are shown. They became sort of a “Field of Dreams” for this old wrestlers and spouses. I won’t spoil the stories. Read them yourself and I feel you too will find them uplifting.
A side note. I remember seeing Dean in the 70’s on TV and in the armory and a few times around town, I never approached him, but I always had the feeling that he was just too nice a guy to be in this kind of rough business. In some of the TV tapings it seemed like he was getting a lot of abuse from some of the heels and I always wondered if he was just a front man for another promoter. He was just young (only about few years older than myself then) and again put on a nice guy persona and I actually felt sorry for him. Dean seemed more like a pal than a hardnosed promoter of the wrestling business. Now that I have read his story I know more about how that all really was being played out.
About a few years after SCW folded, I worked with Dutch Savage to book a show in our town as a fund raiser for the school club I advised. Some of the wrestlers who were at our event are also in mentioned in this book so that also was a plus for me to read about Dean’s interaction with them.
The other topic in the book was about his interest in the music business and how that became his passion after SCW. To me it was also worth the read, but others who may not have that interest in those chapters. For me it was fine and a nice follow up for life after wrestling and again makes Dean a hero in my eyes living that American Dream. He inspires people to work hard and follow their dreams.
The only downside with kindle version and really it is NOT the authors fault is we did not get any of the photos in the Kindle edition. I wish that at least he would have put them in (other books that have photos have ways of displaying them for Kindle and while not the greatest reproduction, better than none). Perhaps a link to a website could be provided for those who purchase the Kindle edition to at least review this photo scrap book. Again this is NOT the authors fault. Kindle reader renderings are not very good so I would encourage a serious reader/researcher to buy a physical copy of the book. The process that Amazon makes authors go through for high bandwidth additions such as photographs makes it very difficult to offer them. Simple solution get a copy of the book (although not available on Amazon do a google and you'll find that option).
I would have loved more details, more stories, more reflection on the SCW years in Eastern Washington. Dean gave us a lot information and stories, but I selfishly wanted more because nearly every page of the SCW years brought back another memory. I would catch myself saying “oh yeah, I remember that thing that happened such as the incident at the KUTI radio station with Lumberjack Luke. All these years later I had forgotten that, but once it was mentioned in the book the bell went off.
I know Dean was telling his story and SCW was only part of it, but to me I would have loved to have read more about SCW. He spent years in the business and told his story. The market for those who would buy and read books about wrestling in Eastern Washington during that time period is probably very small. It was just something I especially liked and related too and would have like to have had more. Just my personal preference.
Sorry for taking so much space to say that this was a great book for me to read. It brought me back to my teen years and just like the old days, let me have some escapement entertainment for a few evenings. Thanks Dean for telling us your story.
It tells about a fascinating saga of a boy growing up in Seattle in the 1950s and his challenges and tribulations creating two unique businesses: first a professional wrestling promotion that was seen on a dozen television stations throughout the Northwest and also live house shows in every town in the state, and secondly, creating a chain (11 in all) of retail oldies record stores.
This is a well written book and the paperback version contains many subject-related photographs that help the reader get involved with all the characters.
And oh yes, the strange title of the ooh is explained in one of the chapters, and after reading the explanation, you realize there can't be a better title for "I Ain't No Pig Farmer".
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