Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Bill Murdock Remembers George Scott

by Dick Bourne
Mid-Atlantic Gateway
Author Bill Murdock

Bill Murdock recently wrote a wonderful piece remembering the late, great George Scott.

Scott was the booker for Jim Crockett Promotions from 1973 through 1981 and was responsible creatively for most of what wound up being a huge boom period for the company during that time.

Although we've only gotten to know each other in recent years, Bill and I grew up watching "Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling" on the same TV station each Saturday back in the day - WFBC (now WYFF) channel 4 out of Greenville, SC. Every Saturday at 1:00 PM.

I like Bill's writing very much. His book "Brisco" (Jack Brisco's autobiography that Bill helped Jack write, and recently re-published by Crowbar Press) is one of my favorite books.

I always seem to gravitate to sentimental, nostalgic writing about wrestling, especially Mid-Atlantic Wrestling, and his piece on Scott resonated with me.

An excerpt:

Countless heroes adorned our bedroom walls in posters and pictures in our youthful days filling us with admiration and fueling our young dreams and aspirations. My friends’ heroes came mostly from the football field, the basketball court, the boxing ring, or the baseball diamond.

They came from the Green Bay Packers, the New York Jets, and the Miami Dolphins. They came from the Boston Celtics, the Milwaukee Bucks, and the Los Angeles Lakers. And they came from the Atlanta Braves, the Oakland A’s, and the Cincinnati Reds. Mine came from the ring in the old Asheville City Auditorium.

My first hero was George Scott.

George Scott was a professional wrestler.

George Scott was my friend.

The article also informs about George Scott's supportive role in the early days of Eblen Charities, an organization in Asheville, NC that assists families in western North Carolina in times of need. Bill serves as CEO of Eblen Charities.

Read "Remembering George Scott" by Bill Murdock.
George Scott with Andre the Giant on the set of "Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling, circa 1975

The "Gateway Boys" with George Scott at the 2004 Mid-Atlantic Wrestling
Legends Fanfest in Charlotte.