Dy’er Sez: I was REALLY into WWF wrestling in my youth. Dusty Rhodes and the Iron Sheik bled all over each other, Andre the Giant fighting a platoon of dwarfs, Jimmy “Superfly” Snooka jumping off the top rope, George ‘The Animal’ Steel ate turnbuckles, and Bob Backlund held the champion chip belt. And Captain Lou was there through it all. Wide eyed, pot bellied, with the ever present rubber-bands tied up in his scraggly beard and pierced through his cheek, Captain Lou provided many a smile and ‘oh crap’ moments to my youthful brain. And I’m sure I’m not the only one.
Rest Easy, Captain Lou.
Story from the Dayton Daily News:
Pro wrestler, music video icon Albano dies at 76
By CRISTIAN SALAZAR
Associated Press Writer
NEW YORK — “Captain” Lou Albano, who became one of the most recognized professional wrestlers of the 1980s after appearing in Cyndi Lauper‘s “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” music video, died Wednesday. He was 76.
Albano, whose real name was Louis Vincent Albano, died in Westchester County in suburban New York, said Dawn Marie, founder of Wrestlers Rescue, an organization that helps raise money for the health care of retired wrestlers. He died of natural causes, Marie said.
World Wrestling Entertainment called him one of the company’s “most popular and charismatic legends.”
With his trademark Hawaiian shirts, wiry goatee and rubber bands hung like piercings from his cheek, Albano was an outsize personality who, in a career spanning nearly five decades, was known as much for his showmanship as for his talent in the ring.
- Walter ‘Killer’ Kowalski, Wrestler [R.i.p.] (gawker.com)