My Favourite People & Me: 1978-1988 by Alan Davies

By Alan Davies

Alan Davies was once continuously a hoarder. Pages from destroy Hits, rolled up gig posters, Cup ultimate price tag stubs, Woody Allen paperbacks, NME covers and Blondie calendars stuffed packing containers as soon as used to ferry purchasing domestic from supermarkets (back whilst supermarkets would go away bins out for the ferrying of shopping). no longer a lot that got here down from Alan's bed room wall made it into the bin, by no means brain the uninvented bin-liner.

turning out to be up isn't effortless. such a lot of judgements: Who to revere, Sheene or McEnroe? Who to mimic, Starsky or Hutch? Who to dislike in a single day that allows you to convey adulthood, Thatcher or Scargill? the best way to come to a decision which pin-ups to unpin whilst a batch of Animal Rights leaflets or a satirical poster of Ronald Reagan call for wallspace?

The Impressionable Age of a tender guy lasts round a decade and the idols and icons of that interval can exhibit a lot of the time and of the inspired subject.

Nostalgic, hot and laugh-out-loud humorous My favorite humans and Me 1978-1988 is an affectionate journey via a suburban adolescence in Essex and an eighties schooling in Kent. As Alan says, 'an try and take into accout who and what I loved as a boy/youth/idiot and to see why. There also are a few pictures.'

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During my first years on television, I made the mistake of asking why I didn’t have to belong to the union. I innocently thought everyone on television did. The comeback was creative. I was told that a wrestling event came under a special aftra provision allowing a sporting event (which pro wrestling is not) that is broadcast live (which we weren’t) to be exempt from union supervision. While I knew better, I kept my mouth shut and pretended to accept this ludicrous explanation. Those who worked for the McMahons sensed that anyone who challenged the system would quickly be replaced.

Anyway, I accepted such periodic pranks as my rite of passage into the wrestling fraternity. I was receiving an elementary education in Wrestling Subculture 101 and I didn’t have a clue. Every month when I asked Monsoon for the dates of my future bookings, he cautiously wrapped his oversized date ledger around his head, partly because he suffered from poor vision, and partly to keep the information it contained hidden from me. The large black book listed the dates, towns and matches for each night through the following month.

When he wrestled, he was uncontrollable. In the ’70s he never spoke English — he only bellowed and howled. George’s eyes darted from side to side as he erratically charged his opponent, the referee and the fans. After the Animal won the match, he comforted himself by shredding the corner turnbuckles with his teeth and proceeded to chew the foam padding. He appeared on the scene in June and disappeared in September because, oddly enough, he was a schoolteacher in the Detroit area. I wasn’t aware of this at the time.

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