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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

George "The Animal" Steele visits a barber shop

The barber had George “The Animal” Steele in his chair.
Hence, the dilemma; what to do with a hulking former professional wrestler whose head is completely devoid of hair?
So, Brian Thayer, the owner of the Rochester Barber Shop, did the next best thing; he brought out a towel and buffed Steele’s head.
“I haven’t been in a barber’s chair in 35 years,” bellowed Steele, who is in the Detroit area promoting his autobiography, “Animal.”

Obviously George "The Animal" Steele did not appreciate barber Brian Thayer's efforts.
Steele proceeded to entertain the gathering by posing for pictures, signing autographs and telling stories about his days when he wrestled.
Steele’s wrestling career extended from the 1960s through the 1980s. He was one of the most popular wrestlers during the heyday of the World Wrestling Federation. His battles against Randy “Macho Man” Savage were legendary. So was his infatuation with Miss Elizabeth.
Nearly all the while, Steele was leading a double life. His real name is Jim Myers. He was a teacher and coach at Madison High in Madison Heights. He and his wife, Pat, now reside in Cocoa Beach, Florida. They have been married 58 years.
Financial distress that led him to wrestling. In 1962, he was making $4,300 as a teacher and coach. Jim and Pat had two children with another on the way. He needed a part-time job.
A drooling, monosyllabic persona in the ring, Myers actually graduated from Michigan State University and got a master’s degree from Central Michigan.
Myers, a.k.a., George “The Animal” Steele, will be on Fox 2 News in Detroit Wednesday sometime between 9:30 and 10 a.m.
He will have book signings at the Royal Oak Barnes and Noble store at 7 p.m., Thursday, July 18; at a Barnes and Noble in Grand Rapids at 7 p.m., Friday, July 19; and at the Barnes and Noble store in Troy on Saturday, July 20, at 2 p.m.


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