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 Posted: Wed Sep 9th, 2020 09:01 pm
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Kriss
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I've been working on recording the history of the Amarillo territory for many years now. I never would have gotten seriously involved with results collecting (I don't think it merits to be called research) if it wasn't for "meeting" clawmaster at Kayfabe Memories many years ago, and then making my way over here. Anyhoo... I've been working with Scott Teal for a couple of years now to get everything into book form. Volume 1 (1911-1960) is finally a real thing now: Link to Crowbar Press. Volume 2 will be 1961 to 1981 and the end of the territory.

This isn't a shill, but one of you at least should buy the copy that I know Jim would have bought if was still with us.

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 Posted: Thu Sep 10th, 2020 02:29 am
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Got my copy! What are some towns in the old 1930s West Texas circuit that are NOT represented by online newspaper archive? I'm still trying to fill in Roy Welch's early career, but outside Amarillo, Pampa, Clovis, I'm not having a lot of luck find anything more from 1930-1932.

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So why Amarillo?


After I had put together 700 pages of SoCal results from 1954 to 1982, I was then interested in Amarillo. However, I saw that you were well on your way so I put that thought to bed. I no longer have that much of an interest in result collecting (I completely agree when you say it doesn't merit to be called research). Myself and Ron Witmer put together at least 75% of Cawthons WW(W)E(F) between the years of 1963 to 1974.


I had done over 700 pages on SoCal but it was almost all lost due to a wonkey disc. Yohe always sent Meltzer to me when ever an old-timey California wrestler went on to his final reward. Sometimes he even credited me....sometimes.


I was also proud that I had added about 300 more results to Georgiann Makropoulos's masterpiece in the Bruno record book. Georgiann's original had been compiled using nothing but elbow grease. No fancy interweb stuff. She probably spent a ton of time at the microfiche machine at the Astoria library.


Your work on Amarillo has been majestic in its scope. You went WAY back and went all the way to the bitter end. Incredible job Kriss.



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 Posted: Thu Sep 10th, 2020 06:19 am
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Why Amarillo? The first things I ever posted were record books of the NWA world champions. If you have any of the CD-ROMs that Vance Nevada used to send out, you might find them on the later versions. For the Funk brothers, there was very little information from the Amarillo territories. When NewspaperArchives first went online, they had near complete, up to 1977, archives of 7 towns in the territory. It also helped that the Amarillo newspaper has the best wrestling reporting that I know of. Pretty much every card has a good preview and detailed results. I also had an interest in title histories, and at the time, the accepted Amarillo title histories, as recorded by Royal & Will and therefore Hisa's site, were extremely inaccurate. It was mostly for my own enjoyment, but i was happy that people like Jim Zordani, J Michael Kenyan and Scott Teal encouraged me along the way.

It helped that, even though I didn't see him until about 25 years after he debuted, Terry Funk has been one of my very favourite wrestlers. To me, his history,and that of his family, is every bit as interesting as what is easily available to watch.



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 Posted: Wed Oct 7th, 2020 02:43 pm
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It took almost a month to make its way across the Atlantic, but I finally got my copy of the book today. Scott was able to get his hands on a lot of programs and photos that I would never have been able to get a hold of and has reproduced them in the book. Amarillo 1911-1960 is very much a niche topic, but the book looks really good. I'm really looking forward to seeing the 1961-1981 volume.



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