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A stand-out character in an entertainment industry where persona is everything, George “The Animal” Steele shares how he balanced his real life as Jim Myers, a highly respected high school teacher and coach, with the green tongued, hairy backed, turnbuckle eating wrestling icon he was in the ring. The memoir delves into the golden era of wrestling in the 1970s and 1980s and his entry into the World Wrestling Federation where he earned a spot in professional wrestling history despite only speaking in animal-like grunts. In reality, the educated man that overcame his struggles with dyslexia and Crohn’s Disease was a father and an inspiration to many of his students and players, and the dichotomous personalities that marked this much-loved man’s life are explored in his own words. The book is filled with nostalgic and humorous anecdotes about the whirlwind life of wrestling alongside such notables as Hulk Hogan and Bruno Sammartino, both in and out of the ring.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781600787980
Publisher: Triumph Books
Publication date: 06/01/2013
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

George “The Animal” Steele is Jim Myers, a retired professional wrestler, high school teacher, and high school football and wrestling coach. He is an inductee of the Professional Wrestlers Hall of Fame, the World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Fame, and the Michigan High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame as well as the Michigan High School Football Association Coaches Hall of Fame. He lives in Cocoa Beach, Florida. Jim Evans is a sportswriter and columnist for the Daily Tribune of Oakland County, Michigan and Macomb Daily. He lives in Rochester Hills, Michigan. Cowboy Bill Watts is a former professional wrestler and promoter who worked with and developed some of the biggest names in wrestling history. He is the author of The Cowboy and the Cross. He lives in Bixby, Oklahoma.

Table of Contents

Foreword Cowboy Bill Watts vii

Introduction Kenneth R. Dallafior ix

Chapter 1 Who Flunks Second Grade? 11

Chapter 2 The Fight Game 19

Chapter 3 Speaking in Tongues 25

Chapter 4 A Spartan Existence 35

Chapter 5 Who Said You Can't Go Home(room) Again? 47

Chapter 6 Pittsburgh: The Steele City 61

Chapter 7 Its Quite a Part-Time Job 73

Chapter 8 A Hunted Animal 89

Chapter 9 There Was Nothing Biblical About These Ribs 103

Chapter 10 The Savage Beast 115

Chapter 11 A Potpourri of Perspiration 127

Chapter 12 From Ring Ropes to Velvet Ropes 155

Chapter 13 A Family Affair 161

Chapter 14 A Deathly Pall in the Sunshine State 173

Chapter 15 Divine Intervention 185

Chapter 16 Impactful Moments 193

Chapter 17 Signing Off 219

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