April 29, 1998
Thanks for taking time to talk with us in the Diamond Mine. You've been
a part of the sport of professional wrestling for decades. When did you
get your first start in professional wrestling?
Race: I started in 1959 in St. Joe, Missouri with Gus Karras.
How old were you when you stepped into the ring for the first time?
15? Wow. What federations have you worked in? You have pretty much had
a career that has spanned the globe.
Race: Well, I've wrestled in about every country, except Red China and
Russia, and I have been in all the major federations and a few of the
minors ones. I've been around for awhile.
What would your say your favorite time was in the sport of wrestling?
Is there any time, country, or federation that you particularly enjoyed?
Race: My favorite period in my career was, of course, the times when I
was World's Heavyweight Champion. It's kind of hard to differentiate from
which one of those was the best. I suppose the first one would probably
be the best. My favorite country, as far as wrestling, would have to be
Japan. I have been there sixty five times. My favorite country as far
as sightseeing and observing what is going on in a country is New Zealand.
What makes New Zealand stand out to you?
Race: It's just a gorgeous, gorgeous country. It's like being in Maine
or somewhere around here (Kansas City) back around fifty years ago.