page is dedicated
to a man we all admired, respected and loved:
The Dean of Wrestling
ANNOUNCERS . . .
January 29, 1929
July 27, 2000
Solie's final statement:
"There are times
when words cannot properly define oneís thoughts or emotions. With
all that has happened in my life over the past several months, this is
certainly one of those times.
First and foremost I
want to thank those of you who have passed along your well wishes.
They are deeply appreciated. And considering the reason I have decided
to deliver this statement, it is quite comforting to know during my
final days here that I have had such a positive effect on so many of
With that said, I also
want to thank each of you for allowing me to be a small part of your
lives, even if it might have been for just a few hours each week. And
I want to thank you for allowing me to tell you a story; a story that
I never got tired of... a story that could be told ten thousand
times... a story that could have a different ending each and every
time it was told.
To be quite honest, when
my wife "Smokey" passed away more than two years ago, it
could have been very easy for me to throw in the towel. But that wasnít
me. Then the throat cancer came, and again it could have been very
easy to give up. But again, that wasnít me. The bottom line is that
Iíve never been a quitter. As a matter of fact at one point I
thought I had this damn disease beat. Obviously I didnít.
While only the good Lord
knows how much time I actually have left here, in my final days I ask
that you not grieve for me, but rather remember me fondly as you would
an old friend. In my eyes I lived a full and satisfying life that some
only dream of fulfilling.
Over the years Iíve
had my share of heat with some people. How insignificant all that
seems today. So being reflective, I hold no grudges and I have no ill
will toward anyone. Let bygones be bygones...
Well, I suppose thereís
not much more to say here, except for a line that I once made famous
and is now more appropriate than ever.
So long.... from the