Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Blooper! Lard Anderson! (1966)

by Dick Bourne
Mid-Atlantic Gateway

Another classic Anderson Brothers blooper, this one from Johnson City, TN, in March of 1966. Tennessee legend Whitey Caldwell went to a 15-minute draw with LARD Anderson!

Mark Eastridge adroitly pointed out we now have a complete Anderson Brothers Blooper Trifecta, wrestling in some alternate parallel universe, as JEAN, OLD, and LARD Anderson. (Check out those earlier Bloopers if you haven't already seen them.)

Of course, the result in the newspaper should read LARS Anderson. It's an honest typo. After all, the "d" and the "s" are next to each other on the qwerty keyboard. 

There is some interesting Anderson Brothers history around this March 1966 card from a historical timeline perspective. Larry Heinemi had only been working under the name Lars Anderson for a matter of weeks at this point. He and Gene Anderson had just teamed up and left the AWA for the Nashville territory, and worked for Welch/Gulas for about three months before making their team-debut for Jim Crockett Promotions in in May of 1966.  In this clipping, we are seeing the earliest period of the Minnesota Wrecking Crew. There was no Ole Anderson yet; that would come two years later. The birth of the team was Gene and Lars, and that team was just weeks old at the time of this card in Johnson City, TN. (All of that history is laid out month by month in the early timeline of our book "Minnesota Wrecking Crew.")

Thanks as always to Mark Eastridge. His ongoing research found this great blooper!

See a list of all the earlier bloopers here.