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Accepted : how the first gay superstar changed WWE

by Patterson, Pat,

Format: Print Book 2016
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
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CLP - Main Library Mezzanine - Non-fiction GV1196.P38 A3 2016x
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Mezzanine - Non-fiction
Call Number  GV1196.P38 A3 2016x
Mt. Lebanon Public Library Non-Fiction 796.812092 Pat
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
Collection  Non-Fiction
Call Number  796.812092 Pat
When Pat Patterson was 17 years old, he was thrown out of his house after telling his parents he was in love with a man. Back when homophobia was widespread, Pat lived in the super-macho world of pro wrestling. In this fascinating and revealing memoir, revolutionary talent, pioneer, and creative savant Patterson recalls the trials and tribulations of climbing to the upper ranks of sports entertainment - as a performer and, later, as a backstage creative force.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Born Pierre Clermont in 1941 in Montreal, Pat Patterson is one of the consummate performers in the history of professional wrestling. In this intimate and candid memoir, he describes his world travels as a wrestler, his success as a member of the popular Blond Bombers tag team, and his personal life with the late LouisDondero, his partner of 38 years. Patterson's being gay didn't affect his relationships with most of the wrestling community; his family supported him, and most of the wrestlers and management didn't find his sexuality to be an issue. He partied with André the Giant, mentored Dwayne The Rock Johnson, and was a confidant of Vince McMahon, Jr., and eventually a vice president of the WWE. Part confessional, part history, and part autobiography, this rambling narrative of a man who believes being a wrestler is the greatest job in the world will be of great interest to wrestling fans fascinated by the early days of the sport.--Clark, Craig Copyright 2016 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Two stories are at work in this memoir from Patterson, one of the greatest performers and creative minds in the history of professional wrestling. One story is the tale of a young French-Canadian man growing up in Montreal in the 1950s, struggling with his sexuality. He meets the love of his life in Boston and finds acceptance for their romance in both the broader society and his macho, closed-to-outsiders industry. "Being gay turned out to not be an issue at all," he writes. "As long as I took five- and ten-dollar wrestling payoffs without complaining." That story line is surprisingly wistful, tender, and accessible to all readers. The second, however, is a behind-the-scenes look into the wrestling world that will lose all but the most fervent fans. Many names from World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) are referenced without context. Others are purposefully not named. Major events are mentioned without details that might help newcomers grasp the situation. This inside-wrestling aspect may narrow the book's readership. But Patterson is a very good storyteller, and his tales from the road about well-known personalities such as the fun-seeking Andre the Giant and the forever-young-at-heart Ray Stevens are wonderfully told, and many of the wrestlers' time-killing pranks are laugh-out-loud funny. (Aug.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Patterson, Pat.
World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc.
Wrestlers -- Canada -- Biography.
Gay athletes -- Canada -- Biography.
Wrestling -- United States.
Publisher Toronto, ON :2016
Contributors Hébert, Bertrand, author.
Language English
Description xii, 258 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
ISBN 9781770412934
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