Some may wind up wondering why I would blog about the passing of Dusty Rhodes yesterday. For many he was a boisterous overweight wrestler from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s.
As a child, I was fortunate enough to have family members that knew him and thus on several occasions I had the opportunity to spend time some time with him. As a 10-12 year old boy that was HUGE seeing and talking to the good guy you always pulled for on Saturday morning TV or watching him wrestle at Miami Beach Convention center growing up.
The thing I will always remember about Dusty is him talking about the “American Dream” when interviewed. Hard work and dedication gets you ahead in life. Preaching this message weekly on TV in lockstep with my parent’s message of the same.
Looking back, I can’t help wonder how his message affected people in a positive way that didn’t have a great family structure? I’m sure there were thousands upon thousands.
So Dusty………Thanks for all the Bionic Elbows, Figure Four Leglocks, and putting the bad guys in their place! Most of all that’s for the positive impact on my life.
You will be missed.
The picture below was taken in 1978 at the Houston Airport. I’m the short guy in the picture and my mother is on the left.