Review of George “the Animal” Steele Autobiography
May 31, 2013 - by Steve Gerweck
by Alan Wojcik
Jim Myers is an amazing gentleman who deserves to be celebrated and have his autobiography read by millions. After all he overcame dyslexia when no one knew what is meant (By the way; Dyslexia is a learning problem that makes it hard to read, write, and spell. It occurs because the brain jumbles or mixes up letters and words. Children with dyslexia often have a poor memory of spoken and written words.) He survived Crohn’s Disease. (Crohn’s disease is a lifelong inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Parts of the digestive system get swollen and have deep sores called ulcers. Crohn’s disease usually is found in the last part of the small intestine and the first part of the large intestine.) He’s a graduate of Michigan State and was an educator; football and wrestling coach at Madison HS for near forty years while married to his wife Pat.
So why does Mr. Myers get an autobiography being a normal everyday person?? Did I forget to mention while he was a Madison HS teacher he wrestled as the world famous WWWF (World Wide Wrestling Federation, run by Vince J. McMahon) and WWF (World Wrestling Federation) as George “the Animal” Steele, where he was inducted into their Hall of Fame. Thanks to an assist from Daily Tribune (Oakland County, MI) writer Jim Evans and a forward from “Cowboy” Bill Watts, we get to enjoy the whole story in ANIMAL (IGP, $24.95, 224pp)
From page one until the end you will be entertained and educated by Mr. Myers life story and musings on the wrestling business. You will enjoy stories of how Myers went from a normal school teacher going into the wrestling scene of Detroit and the Midwest as the dreaded masked man called the Student to provide for his family. From there you will learn about the creation of “the Animal” and how Cloret mints helped Myers get into the character. If you only got to see “the Animal” in his 1980’s run in the WWF, you never knew that George Steele did promos for Detroit and Pittsburgh TV where he would meet a “Living Legend” who would become a great opponent in the WWWF, Bruno Sammartino. The character never wore out as Myers tells the reader because he only worked when school was out of session. Over his career George Steele would lock horns and partner up with legends like Junkyard Dog, Bob Backlund, Andre the Giant, “Captain” Lou Albano, Mr. Fuji, Hulk Hogan & “Macho Man” Randy Savage in the ring and as a backstage agent.
Through all of it he never forgot his value system, his faith in God plus the young men and women of Madison HS whose lives were touched in a wonderful way from interacting with Coach Myers. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did. Mr. Myers will join us on Kayfabe Wrestling Radio on June 4th at 9pm to talk about his wonderful book and his upcoming appearance tour. Thanks to Jen Wisnowski of Independent Publishers Group for her assistance.
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