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 Posted: Mon Aug 10th, 2009 11:48 am
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Searching the internet I found the Greg Oliver obit for Donald Lortie, which states

"Born August 25, 1930 in Montreal, Quebec, his uncles were Bob and Paul Lortie, a pair of grappling brothers who found success both in la belle province, and abroad. Two of his cousins, Andre and Paul (who was sometimes known as Ray) started before Donald, but their careers didn't last very long. (Their father, Rene, was the brother of Bob and Paul.)"

"...Outside of Quebec, Donald Lortie's first big break came in Northern Ontario, hitting logging towns under various guises, including Pierre DeGlane"

Then I looked at some Fresno results from WCMB (is that you Kriss?) and found this

Joe Savoldi drew Jim Casey (1-1)
Ted Cox beat Gonzales Lopez Valdez (2-0)
Abe Kashey beat Phantom (2-0, Phantom unmasked as Pierre DeGlane)
December 12, 1942 Fresno, CA (Ryan’s Auditorium)

Because he couldn't have wrestled in CA as a mere 12 year old I assume it was one of his uncles, but which one?

This of course makes it hard to tell them appart (see: Roberto Pico/Bobby Lane.... ugh, I need to ask about them sometime as well).
Does anyone know if it was Donald in Oregon 1957 + 1960 as Pierre DeGlane?

Anyways, hopefully someone can tell me when the uncles started to wrestle and retired, maybe even with a couple of examples. Also I hope to find out the approximate day of Donalds debut and maybe his retirement, too. Anything about the cousins would be swell as well.

Furthermore I found these things, maybe someone can tell me something about it

Walla Walla WA: March 15, 1949 (Tuesday)
(Paramount Theatre) ... Seelie Samara beat Ted Christy (2-1) ... Al Tucker (as Tonnie Tucker) beat Henry LaSalle (dq) ... Cyclone Lortie beat Lou Sjoberg

Charlotte, North Carolina: February 12, 1945
Angelo Galento beat Jack O'Brien ... Earl Wampler beat Tiera Deglane ... Swedish Angel beat Martin Levy



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 Posted: Mon Aug 10th, 2009 01:10 pm
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Yes Don Lortie was working as Pierre DeGlane by the time you mention. He joined Tony Gonzales in the Mysterious Medics team in 1961 and spent the rest of his full time career doing that gimmick. By the mid 60s, he was living in Louisiana and working a day job at an oil refinery. He still worked under the name Pierre DeGlane and as one of the Medics part time for the Gulf Coast promotion. He and Bob Kelly also had a brief run in Louisiana in '66 or '67 as The Assassins.

 

As far as Roberto Pico / Bobby Lane. AFAIK Pico is the real name. He also spent many years working around the Gulf Coast as Pancho Villa. He was married for many years to lady wrestler Ann Laverne. They had two kids that became wrestlers, Marie (Fifi) Laverne and Bobby Pico (who also sometimes used the name Bobby Lane). 



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 Posted: Mon Aug 10th, 2009 01:28 pm
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Thanks.

By the way, this is Ann LaVernes obit, it has her husbands full name.

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Anna C. Pico
Anna C. Pico, 77, of Amarillo, died Thursday, Aug. 19, 1999.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today in Schooler-Gordon Funeral Directors
Bell Ave. Chapel, 5400 Bell St. Burial will be in Memory Gardens.

Mrs. Pico was born in Canton, Ohio and moved to Amarillo in 1984 from
Mobile, Ala. She was a professional wrestler and instrumental in
starting women in the profession 61 years ago. Her professional name
was Ann Lavern.

Mrs. Pico was a Catholic.

She married Robert L. Pico in 1950 at Florida. He died in 1989.

Survivors include a son, Bobby Pico of Amarillo; two daughters, Mary
Nelson and Roberta DeLeon, both of Amarillo; four grandchildren; and a
great-grandchild.

The family suggests memorials be to Olivia's Angels.






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Thanks Indikator. I forgot to mention that Marie Laverne was married to Gordon Nelson.



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Never mind. Thought I had another wrestling name for Pico, but I didn't read my note correctly. Instead of Roberto Pico, the note involved Joaquin Pico who is someone else entirely.

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There was a Pancho Pico who was a mainstay in Arizona for years and was billed as Roberto's brother, but AFAIK they were not related.



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For some reason I can't reconstruct I have associated Pancho Pico with the names Julio Arguello and Francisco Pico

I really shouldn't derail my own threads. Guess I have to wait for a Greg Oliver piece on Paul Lortie



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