Friday, October 07, 2016

Crockett Foundation/Mid-Atlantic Gateway Partner on New Book

Earlier this year, we announced our pleasure in partnering with the Crockett Foundation on a new book that features archival photographs from the glory days of pro-wrestling in Jim Crockett Promotions. The photographs were taken by Jackie Crockett, one of the four children of Jim Crockett, Sr., the patriarch of the famous Crockett family of Charlotte, NC, and founder of Jim Crockett Promotions, which promoted wrestling and other events as early as 1931.
The book, "When Wrestling Was Wrestling", is part of a fund raising effort for the Crockett Foundation, whose mission it is to help veterans and veterans organizations. (Read more about them here.)

Debbie Ringley Mrozinski, seen at right with Dick Bourne of the Mid-Atlantic Gateway, is the president of the Crockett Foundation. Debbie is the daughter of Frances Crockett Ringley and the granddaughter of Jim Crockett, Sr.,

"The Crockett Foundation is happy to be joining forces with Mid-Atlantic Gateway in our ongoing efforts to help veterans," Debbie said in a press release earlier this year. "The only way the Foundation can continue to be successful is through the generosity of people like those at the Gateway. We are looking forward to working with them on this exciting book project."

As the oldest grandchild of Jim and Elizabeth Crockett, Debbie has the task of continuing her grandparent’s philanthropic efforts. Debbie watched her family’s business grow while doing everything from lowering and raising the microphone at Park Center wrestling matches to making popcorn at Crockett Park.

The Crockett Foundation has several "tag team partners" from the world of pro-wrestling working with them including Ricky Steamboat, Ricky Morton, Robert Gibson, Nickla "Baby Doll" Roberts, James J. Dillon, Bob Caudle, Road Warrior Animal, referee Tommy Young and others. Now, the Mid-Atlantic Gateway is proud to be one of those tag team partners, too.

"When Wrestling Was Wrestling" features never before seen wrestling photographs from the 1970s and 1980s featuring some of the greatest names in the history of the sport. Some of the famous names included in the book are Ric Flair, Jack and Jerry Brisco, Ricky Steamboat, Sgt. Slaughter, Don Kernodle, Jay Youngblood, Paul Jones, Baron Von Raschke, Rufus R, Jones, Bob Orton, Jr., and many others. There are even rare photos of Boris Malenko's short lived wrestling phenomenon known only as JAWS!

The book was released last month (September 2016) and is available exclusively from the Crockett Foundation website, as well as events and conventions where they have a booth.

Order your copy today!

When Wrestling Was Wrestling
Photographs by Jackie Crockett. Edited by Debbie Ringley Mrozinski and Dick Bourne.
Independently published. © 2016 Crockett Foundation