Today would have been the 50th birthday of Owen “The Blazer” Hart, one of professional wrestling’s true greats. Alas, just two weeks after his 34th birthday, Hart came to a tragic end. Here is the Wikipedia description:
On May 23, 1999, Hart fell to his death in Kansas City, Missouri during the Over the Edge pay-per-view event. Hart was in the process of being lowered via harness and grapple line into the ring from the rafters of Kemper Arena for a booked Intercontinental Championship match against The Godfather. In keeping with the Blazer's new "buffoonish superhero" character, he was to begin a dramatic entrance, being lowered to just above ring level, at which time he would act "entangled", then release himself from the safety harness and fall flat on his face for comedic effect—this necessitated the use of a quick release mechanism...While being lowered into the ring, Hart fell 78 feet, landing chest-first on the top rope (approximately a foot from the nearest turnbuckle), throwing him into the ring...Hart was transported to Truman Medical Center in Kansas City. While several attempts to revive him were made, he died from his injuries; some believe he died in the ring. The cause of death was later revealed to be internal bleeding from blunt force trauma.
I think it especially appropriate to honor Hart’s memory here since many people have told me that the promotional activities on this website have all of the subtlety of professional wrestling (My wife: "Not to mention 'blunt force trauma.'")
Speaking of promotional activities on this website...Chapter 4 of the Wilsons’ story—“The Wilsons Tackle Trust & Respect”—is now available here, free of charge. Just click on THE WILSONS in the navigation bar above.
Hope you enjoy it. And if you do, hope you let others in on the availability—free of charge—of The Wilsons’ Story.