Straight from the Hart

BOOK: Straight from the Hart

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Copyright © Bruce Hart, 2010

Published by ecw press

2120 Queen Street East, Suite 200, Toronto, Ontario, Canada m4e 1e2

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library and archives of canada cataloguing in publication Hart, Bruce, 1951-Straight from the Hart / Bruce Hart.

isbn 978-1-55022-939-4

1. Hart, Bruce, 1951-. 2. Hart family. 3. Stampede Wrestling (Firm)--History. 4. Wrestlers--Canada--Biography.

5. Wrestling--Alberta--History. I. Title.

gv1196.h372a3 2011 796.812092 c2010-906816-5

Editor: Michael Holmes

Cover Design: David Gee

Text Design: Melissa Kaita

Production and typesetting: Troy Cunningham

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The publication of
Straight from the Hart
has been generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts which last year invested $20.1 million in writing and publishing throughout Canada, by the Ontario Arts Council, by the Government of Ontario through Ontario Book Publishing Tax Credit, by the OMDC Book Fund, an initiative of the Ontario Media Development Corporation, and by the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund.

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“Just when I think I’m out, they keep pulling me back in.”

— Michael Corleone

Those words, from
The Godfather III
, just about say everything you need to know about my affiliation (some would say affliction) with the business of professional wrestling. Sometimes it’s been an exhilarating joy ride; other times it’s been a daunting descent, a ride down the highway to hell. Many times I figured I’d abandoned wrestling but invariably would find myself somehow being drawn back — like a rationalizing junkie needing just one more fix.

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