Book delivery: Johnny Powers

On a quiet Friday afternoon, as the snow fell in Hamilton, Ontario, my son and I stopped by to drop off a book with Johnny Powers, but it wasn’t at his home. Instead, he and his wife, Rosie, were helping out with the care of his remarkable 95-year-old mother in her house.

We had some tea and cheese and crackers, and laughed at some of the old photos, as my six-year-old son wondered how someone with such great hair in the 1960s could now be so completely bald.

Both Steve Johnson and I have been fortunate to have gained Johnny’s trust through the years, which is no easy feat. With his years as a promoter and matchmaker added onto his wrestling days, Johnny Powers met so many people from the business, and not everyone is a fan.

He walked a difficult road, almost switching sides in a black and white way, and some of that is addressed in his write-up in The Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame: Heroes & Icons.

While both Steve and I have oodles of stuff from Johnny on tape, and feel that we have a pretty good handle on his career and his life, it’s still pretty cool and special to be able to hang out and talk about his grandkids or learn more about Rosie’s life.

p.s. My six-year-old son, Quinn took the photo. He does work cheaper than most of the SLAM! Wrestling photographers.

p.p.s. Email from J.P. on the book: “Extremely well done Heroes book. Some great story slants added neat depth to the characters.”

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