The Cauliflower Alley Club

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Steve and I just got back from the Cauliflower Alley Club reunion in Las Vegas. We went there basically bookless, which is a sad state of affairs as authors.

Given the size and weight of the book, we were limited with what we could get to the Gold Coast Hotel & Casino, given that there aren’t any in the warehouse. So Steve packed six and I packed three.

Going down there we knew three were already spoken for, and the rest went pretty darn quick once we pulled them out. Steve even arranged to mail a couple more when he got home to Virginia.

It’s always nice selling books and hearing from readers, and we got lots of that.

One of the lucky buyers was Jay Grymyr, who shared this photo of Steve and I with him.

This was my 13th Cauliflower Alley Club reunion, including one in New Jersey. They are pretty awesome experiences, with superstars and legends to your left and to your right, mingling with folks like every day people.

But, after so many of them as well, I found myself a little apathetic about the whole experience. I sort of wandered around a little down and lacking ambition until the Wednesday, when I finally got to sit down in a quiet room with Ata Maivia. The Rock’s mom shared lots of stories, and buoying my spirits, she reminded me how important what we do for the business — keeping its history alive — really is. We began talking about Cyclone Negro, whose passing got little attention, and then it morphed into so much more.

Following that great hour, I talked with Omar Atlas, who learned both pro wrestling and life lessons from Cyclone Negro in Venezuela and abroad.

This eventual piece on Cyclone Negro for SLAM! Wrestling wouldn’t have been anything great without the trip to Vegas.

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