Creating The Mania

Author Jon Robinson takes a look at the tremendous amount of planning it takes to bring together WWE’s annual flagship show, WrestleMania. Honestly, with Creating The Mania, I was expecting a WWE produced fluff-piece.  However, I was pleasantly surprised with both the honesty from those involved as well as the impressive detail on display from…

Is This Live?

MuchMusic launched the year I was born, so I’d be lying if I said I knew a whole hell of a lot about the station’s formative years.  That being said, with the majority of my teenage years spent glued to the TV,  I have fond memories of the channel as a hub for pop culture. …

The Death of the Territories

Tim Hornbaker tells the story of the collapse of the pro wrestling territorial system within the United States. I long believed that Vince McMahon was mainly successful in establishing a nation-wide wrestling promotion because he was a visionary; that he was the first of the American wrestling promoters to give it a go when it…

The Stranger In The Woods

In 1986, Christopher Thomas Knight, two years removed from high school, drove his new car deep into the woods of Central Maine.  He parked, exited the vehicle and walked deep into the forest where he would stay until found in March 2013. Over the twenty seven year period, Knight would steal food, clothing and several…

I’ll Be Gone In The Dark

Beginning in 1976, a ruthless predator dubbed “The East Area Rapist” terrorized Northern California committing nearly five dozen violent sexual assaults. Thought to have disappeared following his last recorded attack in 1979, it was discovered in 2001, through the linking of DNA evidence, that he had moved to Southern California and become a serial killer…

Tetris: The Games People Play

Box Brown came onto my radar when he released his graphic novel treatment about the life of Andre The Giant.  While I’ve yet to read it, the critical acclaim he received for his work at the time made me want to seek out his other writings.  Unfortunately, Box Brown, along with several other things, seemed…

Forgiveness

In Forgiveness, Mark Sakamoto tells the story of his maternal grandfather, Ralph MacLean, who had spent a number of years clinging to life as a POW in a Japanese prison camp during the second World War and his paternal grandmother, Mitsue Sakamoto, who had been forced from her home and province following the bombing of…