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So, where did you all
meet? I guess I was assuming you all met at the matches!
It’s really funny where we met. I
was looking for a house. I had a job at a hospital in Blacksburg,
Virginia as a physical therapist, but needed to move closer to the
area. When we were looking for a house, I stopped at a Wal-Mart in
Pulaski, Virginia with my two children. And Jimmy happened to be
there signing autographs.
I wasn’t really
that interested in going up and talking to him! But my daughter
Angie talked me into having her picture taken with the Boogie Woogie
Man! So being a good mother, I told her to go up to him and do her
thing, and I would stay in the background and wait for her.
Not trying to meddle in
your daughter’s moment.
Right. So she went up there, and
I saw her talking to him. Then he motioned for me to come over. I
thought maybe he wanted my permission to have the picture taken with
him. So we all three ended up in the picture…it was a great picture.
Then he asked me
if I was married, and I said no, and he asked me if I wanted to get
(laughing) Being the shy
and retiring type that Boogie is!
You know, how do you answer a
question like that?!
know, ‘Thanks for the offer, but I’m kinda busy right now!’
But he told me later that he
needed to do something to get my attention…
He said he knew if I walked out
that door, chances are that we would have never met again. And we
probably wouldn’t have.
So, he got my
attention all right!
So that’s how we met. The second
thing…I would have never given a strange man my phone number. But
something told me to take a chance on this guy….he seemed pretty
cool. So we talked all week and went out the next weekend…and we’ve
been together ever since!
It’s just one of
those things that you have to be smart enough that when it comes
along, to not let it slip by. Take a chance! God brought us
together, and we’ve just been so happy. We bought a little two acre
farm out here in Shawsville, Virginia, and we built Boogie’s
Wrestling Camp on the property…and it’s just been wonderful!
Well, you and Jimmy
clearly work as a team; a great tag team combination!
Definitely! As a team, I feel
like we can do anything together.
Please tell us about YOUR
It’s my first children’s book,
and it’s called Piggy In A Blanket.
How did your book come
Well, I love to write. And after
we wrote Woo Mercy Daddy, one night I woke up during the
night and lost almost all of my cover and was cold, so I was wrapped
up real tight in the one blanket I had on me. And Jimmy woke up and
was laughing and said, ‘You look like a pig in a blanket!’
And I said no, not a pig in a
blanket but a piggy in a blanket! And I said to him that would make
a great title for a children’s book.
And Boogie said,
‘Then write it!’ And I said, ‘I will!’
(laughing) And I did!
It’s a great
little story about a family of pigs, the piggy family, and a mouse.
I won’t tell you the whole story, but a mouse was involved and the
blanket gets stolen…it’s a great moral story for kids.
There are some wonderful
drawings in your book.
Thank you…I did all of the
illustrations myself. I wrote the story. Actually, I wrote the story
in about a day…that was the easy part! The hard part was coming up
with pictures that go with the story. You have nothing to go by…just
your imagination. It took me probably two months to put the
illustrations with the story. It’s just so much fun.
Have you written other
I’ve actually already written four more! I almost have my second one
completed. I love writing for children, because for one thing, you
have to get down to the children’s level. You have to make it simple
enough for them to understand it, but at the same time you have to
make it interesting and colorful so they want to read it.
So, I’m real
anxious to see how children will respond to this.
How can folks go about
getting Piggy In A Blanket?
The exact same ways Boogie talked
about getting Woo Mercy Daddy. (Visit
Describe for the fans what
they will be seeing when they come to Boogie’s Wrestling Camp/Hall
of Fame Museum.
Of course, you will see the
training of our students. When you come up our driveway, and come
into the Camp, you’ll see the Auto Museum.
And that’s really
something…the many modes of transportation over the years for
Handsome Jimmy Valiant!
Yes! For instance, you have the
limousine that was the Valiant Brother’s limousine back in the 70s.
And you’ve got
Boogie’s 4 wheel trike, and another motorcycle. There’s a dune buggy
that’s the coolest thing…there are names all over it from the hippie
era like ‘groovy’ and ‘far out’ and ‘flower power.’
And then you come up to the Camp
and we have a beautiful rock garden that has a five foot statute of
an angel. And we have a tin man…
And that’s quite a sight!
He’s about six feet…it’s like a
suit of armor type thing.
And then when
you come further up into the Camp, you have the Hall of Fame
An amazing amount of
wrestling memorabilia in the Hall of Fame building!
Lots of pictures, articles and
all sorts of memorabilia that have been donated by wrestlers…
Clothing as well…
masks---whatever! That’s pretty neat.
And BWC is located in a
very picturesque location…it’s really beautiful.
The view from here, Montgomery
County here in Virginia, is a beautiful, beautiful area. The
mountains are gorgeous, and it’s very peaceful here.
And as you come further up into
the Camp, you have the dressing rooms that have pictures throughout…
Lots and lots of
pictures…even in the bathroom!
And the main
building where your ring is in, and where the matches are held, is
wall to wall, including the ceiling, wrestling memorabilia!
Yes, the main Camp building is
where the ring is set up and where we actually do the training. On
Sunday’s, it’s really jamming! It’s very busy!
I have no doubt!
Last Sunday, I’m guessing we had
at least 50 people in the main Camp building here, and that’s
including not only the boys training, but people that just dropped
by saying, “I just heard about you out here, and wanted to check it
I love it when
people first walk in the door…their eyes are big and their mouths
(laughing) Pretty much
like me when I walked in today!
Our guests really don’t know what
to say…there’s so much to see!
And the public
is welcome to go into any building, and as Boogie said everything is
free of charge. We just want the people to enjoy, and to give back
to the business that was so good to Boogie and I all these years.
And Angel, at first blush
BWC seems to be out in the middle of nowhere, but it’s only several
miles off of I-81, and what, maybe 15 minutes from Virginia Tech?
It’s really easy to get to. Like
you say, we’re only about 15 miles from Virginia Tech…in Blacksburg.
It’s well worth the trip.
Come to a Tech game on a
Saturday, and stay over for an adventure at BWC on Sunday!
We have people that come here on
their vacations. Matter of fact, a couple came from Florida last
weekend. They were on vacation, and the boy wanted to come here and
check things out…and he actually did a day of training. They were on
their way to Gatlinburg in the Smoky Mountains, but this was their
Where was all this
memorabilia before you all put it on display?
(laughing) Somehow Boogie ended
up with boxes and boxes of pictures. People donated a lot of things.
Boogie’s put up every article and every picture that’s in
Of course, I don’t know where he
Everything is very well
But there’s something always
going on. Wrestling stars will show up here unannounced. It’s
wonderful! The Barbarian, Ricky Morton, George South…you never know
who is coming!
Some of the old-timers, too, like
Bob Roop show up. It’s a wonderful surprise for everybody when that
We’ve also had
several couples meet here, and get married eventually! In fact, my
daughter Angela met her husband Mike here!
It’s really neat. If it wasn’t
for her, Boogie and I wouldn’t have met…and I remind her that if it
wasn’t for me, her and Mike wouldn’t have met!
Boogie and Angel, thank
you both for inviting me to BWC. I’ve had a wonderful time, and I
hope folks that visit our site and haven’t been here, will want to
come to BWC and spend a Sunday afternoon with you all.
thank you for all the great memories that you’ve given all of us
wrestling fans over the years!
Yes…those were great days
brother! I was very fortunate, Dave, to be able to wrestle in all
the big organizations. Mid-Atlantic with Crockett. The WWWF three
times, all in the 70s, and I stayed over a year there each time. I
was in Minneapolis with the AWA twice, with Verne Gagne. And of
course I was with the WWA with Dick the Bruiser in Indianapolis…I
was there probably five different times. That’s where I started, and
Dick the Bruiser was my mentor. And of course Memphis.
I was real
fortunate to work all the big territories.
And you can see Jimmy
Valiant and all of the stars of those big territories at Boogies’s
Wrestling Camp and Hall of Fame Museum! And maybe some wrestling
stars of the future as well.
As I said
earlier, to me, it’s a must see for any professional wrestling fan!
Thank you brother…you come
back any time!
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Jimmy recently received a WWE Hall of Fame Ring from Vince McMahan
and the WWE. He is wearing it in this photo.
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