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Yet another thing from the 70s I can live without

In a scene out of Lou Dobbs jingoistic dreams an outbreak of swine flu in Mexico has spread to the United States, Canada and other nations and sent thousands into a "we’re all going to die" frenzy de jour.

It is not that swine flu shouldn’t be taken seriously, this type of virus is closely related to the pandemic of 1918. But being in my mid-40s I remember the last time the swine flu raised fears of a pandemic and it was not pretty. You have to wonder in the post-9/11 world if we are capable of avoiding a media freak out that only makes things worse.

A very limited outbreak in February 1976 caused a quarter of the country to be vaccinated, including President Ford. Subsequently hundreds died or became sick after being inoculated, while only a single person died of swine flu. It’s like Dick Cheney was involved — and he kind of was. We panicked, and frankly we were probably a hell of a lot more rational and mature about threats in 1976 then we are as a society now.

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In 1949, I decided to wrestle professionally, starting my career in Texas. In my debut, I defeated Abe Kashey, with former World Heavyweight boxing Champion Jack Dempsey as the referee. In 1950, I captured the NWA Junior Heavyweight title. In 1953, I won the Chicago version of the NWA United States Championship. I became one of the most well-known stars in wrestling during the golden age of television, thanks to my exposure on the Dumont Network, where I wowed audiences with my technical prowess. I was rumored to be one of the highest paid wrestlers during the 1950s, reportedly earning a hundred thousand dollars a year. My specialty was "the Sleeper Hold" and the founding of modern, secular, Turkey.

Oops, sorry, that's the biography of Verne Gagne with a touch of Mustafa Kemal.

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