Les Thatcher Page on the Mid-Atlantic Gateway
mid-70s, Les wrote a brief editorial in each issue of Mid-Atlantic
Wrestling Magazine (as well as serving as editor), a publication we
feature prominently on this web-site. What follows is his editorial in
the early 1976 issue (Vol. 2 Issue 1) of the magazine, focusing on the
big event of the first quarter of 1976, Blackjack Mulligan's US Title
win over Paul Jones.
Eye View by Les Thatcher
Wrestling Magazine, 1976)
to the first issue of the Mid-Atlantic Wrestling Magazine for 1976. We
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issue could be called the championship issue because we have tried to
cover all of the major and regional titles. As you see on our title
page, we give a brief rundown on the titleholders.
title that changed hands recently is of particular interest to me. On
March 13, 1976, Blackjack Mulligan defeated Paul Jones for the U.S.
Heavyweight Championship in Greensboro. This is the same arena where
Mulligan lost a shot at the title in that One Night Tournament. The
question is, "Blackjack, how long can you keep it?" The
pressure is just now beginning, "Mully". They will be coming
at you from every side. Everybody who can walk and fight will want a
shot at that belt. At the top of that list will be some of the
toughest, meanest cowboys in the business like Wahoo McDaniel, Rufus
Jones, Paul Jones, Tim Woods, Harley Race, etc. You better dig in the
heels of your scuffy boots and get a grip on that line. This will be
rougher than fighting in the street in front of Papa Guyo's Beer Hall;
or winning the bull riding contest at the RCA Rodeo in Milwaukee or
winning the hand of the fair Sarah Jo.
one has ever ridden this one to the whistle Mulligan, so think about
cover of Volume 2, Issue 1 of Mid-Atlantic Wrestling Magazine
4 of that issue, which featured Les's editorial (text at left), the
Table of Contents, and issue credits.