John Arezzi and Patty Loveless.
Tying together the stars of professional wrestling, country music and the New York Mets is one man: John Arezzi. In his memoir, out in the spring of 2021, from ECW Press, Arezzi will bring the reader along on his wild ride, from a pioneering wrestling radio show to baseball's minor leagues to working with Patty Loveless, Kelsea Ballerini and Taylor Swift. To complete his life story, Arezzi is teaming with accomplished wrestling journalist Greg Oliver, author or co-author of 15 previous books, including the acclaimed Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame series. Oliver has also run the respected SLAM! Wrestling website for more than 20 years. CLICK HERE for the rest of the press release.
The world may have shut down in large part because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but I have still been out there, virtually, promoting books and talking about my projects, and doing plenty of interviews of my own. At right is a photo from the first-ever Wrestling Bookmarks ~ Covid-Con on Saturday, May 2, 2020. It was a lot of fun, and personally, I loved seeing so many friends who are authors getting their time in the spotlight. It was evident, though, that not all were as comfortable on camera as I am! It's up at YouTube now, and I start at the 5-hour mark -- view it here!
Another great podcast I appeared on during lockdown was And Sometimes ... Why? with Rob Szabo, who I went to high school with. Rob is a great musician ... and a great interviewer. Check it out here!
On November 19, 2019, the Cauliflower Alley Club announced that the 2020 James C. Melby Historian Award will be going to Greg Oliver. The CAC is akin to professional wrestling's alumni association and the annual reunion -- postponed from April 2020 to September at the Gold Coast Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas -- draws nearly a thousand wrestlers, managers, promoters, referees, photographers, writers, historians and fans from around the globe. Greg posted a column to SLAM! Wrestling reflecting on the journey and #Team Oliver: Me and the Melby: When the news is about yourself