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Diametric Opposites
Remembering Nick Bockwinkel and Don Fargo

– Article & photos by Dr. Mike Lano

Sorry guys for being late with some personal thoughts on these two greats of the industry.


It’s been very hard to process Nick’s Alzheimer’s the past few years, let alone losing him the other day with Donny the week prior.


Both great in their own way but complete opposites.


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Lano’s Not Necessarily The News


Dr. Mike Lano is back with his commentary on the latest wrestling news items.


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Remembering Percival A (for Al) Friend

By Dr Mike Lano


We were all friends of the great Al Friend (born  Albion Joseph Friend who passed on the 23rd), a longtime Midwest manager, but more importantly a great friend and give-backer to the biz he so loved.  A regular for some 15 years at Cauliflower Alley Club and a phenomenally nice person.  Al had taught some of the Harts and Bob Johnson how to play the wrestler’s famous mainstay competitive board game (combining a lot of skill sets) in Cribbage as well as many others, and he was right up there at CAC, winning our annual Cribbage tournaments several times over other longtime winners in Destroyer Dick Beyer, Butcher Paul Vachon and Riki Ataki.


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Dr. Mike Lano Remembers Prof. Elliot Maron

– Article & photos (to be added soon) by Dr. Mike Lano


Longtime major major WWWF fan and much more, Professor Elliot Maron died the other day after a long fight with Diabetes and other ailments.  He was nonresponsive and rushed to the hospital.  Like Piper and so many of our friends and brothers, Elliot was far too young to have been taken from us.


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Piper Hollywood Memorial Event A Moving, Family Affair

By Invited Attendee, Dr Mike Lano (
Piper’s longest and in more countries photographer from 1975 to current



Was honored to have been part of Monday’s event at the historic Comedy Store on Sunset Blvd. along the strip in the western portion of Hollywood.   Drove the 8 hours to make the trip and was asked to bring down my photos of Piper from 1975 to current.  Had photographed his very first match in my home base Los Angeles/Lebell territory in January of 1976 just months after Chavo Guerrero arrived, followed soon by his legendary dad Gory.


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Dr. Mike Lano Remembers Rowdy Roddy Piper

Article & photos by Dr. Mike Lano

Still trying to process Dusty Rhodes and Verne Gagne’s passings (and that of Hogan’s career).  Now this.


This is really hard to take in because he was still a kid at 61.  Way, way too young to leave this world.  The Hodgkins had reportedly been in remission for years, according to him directly to me.


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Lano – Who Wrote Go Set a Watchman? Harper Lee or Harper-Collins?


Wrestling with Deep Thoughts (not by SNL‘s Jack Handey) but By Dr. Mike Lano


Forget Go Set A Watchman.  We prefer the unreleased (and “over my dead body”) book found in the same safety deposit box next to matches and a gasoline tank, Harper Lee’s unfinished Go Get a Walkman.  Set in 1981 with a near senile “Attica” Finch.  Not really.


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Dusty Rhodes, One of the All Time Greats

– Article & photo by Dr. Mike Lano


Glad to see so many young and not so young in the biz posting, Tweeting and remembering Big Dust who had so many great phrases and career arcs in wrestling.


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Wrestling and Hollywood’s Friend, Eric Caiden

– Article & Photo by Dr. Mike Lano


Eric was one of those incredibly nice people in wrestling who really was even better known (that’s hard to believe but true) within grind house and cult, horror movie circles as both an expert and historian.  He appeared in a number of those films but also never strayed from his pro wrestling roots with production involvement in the Adrian Street/John Tolos, etc. wrestling film Grunt! and many other projects including co-promoting some ISW shows, etc with his longtime pal Johnny Legend, projects with Andy Kaufman and Johnny’s sis Lynne Marguiles (My Breakfast W/ Blassie) who had been a longtime girlfriend of Kaufman’s, etc.


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Shimmer – It Is That Damn Great

Article & photos by Dr. Mike Lano

I know at times it sounds like I’m an old blowhard.  I have shot just about every group I ever wanted to shoot, nearly everyone in-ring (except for Johnny Powers in his prime, but I did get him to pose in the locker room with Inoki, Sheik, Ernie Ladd and others backstage for Eddie Einhorn’s magnificent IWA (those three great Roosevelt Stadium outdoor New Jersey shows and then my boss Eddie had the tv tapings at NYC’s famous Beacon Theatre which is still a chic place for events).


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