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 Posted: Fri Apr 15th, 2022 12:43 am
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Jason Presley

Joined: Mon Apr 3rd, 2017
Location: Huntsville, Alabama USA
Posts: 68
I mostly try to stick to the 1930s, but I actually got my researching start digging through the Anniston and Florence papers on Google News Archive from the 1950s. Every town is very much its own thing, with not a lot of mentions of what happened elsewhere, except for Birmingham, because it covered the whole greater B'ham area, that included about 5 more towns that ran wrestling in the 1930s. I want to say both Anniston and Oneonta both strayed from Chris Jordan's booking office and worked more with Georgia bookers for awhile. And when Jordan died and Joe Gunther took over, Gunther effectively abandoned all the towns north of Birmingham to concentrate on the southern half of the state, along with the Gulf Coast from Pensacola to New Orleans. Because of that, Huntsville, Decatur and the Shoals mostly went dark until Nick Gulas re-opened them in the 1950s.

Because the various towns' papers didn't make much mention of each other, I missed a good chunk of shows from Fayette, Lanett, Brewton and Cordova because of that, and didn't catch them until about a year after the book was published when they surfaced on I knew I had gaps in the schedule, but there were so many small towns to choose from, and I only had so much time I could spend randomly guessing which microfilm to try next.

The towns that only ran weekly papers were a challenge. If they didn't report results, I wasn't often sure the advertised shows even ran, especially if there was no follow up. Jasper has large gaps where I'm fairly certain wrestling was running every week, but the papers weren't covering it.

I would love to have a do-over for that first book as I have learned so much since then, and I got myself into a bit of a time crunch to get it out before the 2019 CAC Reunion.