Snyder's Sandwich: Wrestler Mick Foley Comes To Town
By: MARK SNYDER, May 2, 2014
One of the cornerstones of WWE’s meteoric rise in the late 1990s, Michael Francis (Mick) Foley Sr. earned the nickname “The Hardcore Legend” for his ability to absorb seemingly inhuman punishment in some of the most dramatic matches in sports-entertainment history. Already a respected veteran for his 11 physically punishing years wrestling under the name Cactus Jack, Foley’s career soared to new heights in WWE as ‘Mankind,’ a character Foley claimed was inspired by a combination of reading Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” and listening to the music of singer-songwriter Tori Amos.
If wrestling is “fake,” the injuries are not. As Cactus Jack, Foley won the 1995 King of the Death Match tournament in Yokohama, Japan, and continued wrestling, despite the amputation of his right ear, in a match against Vader in Munich, Germany, in 1994. As Mankind, Foley was a three-time WWE champion, but is best known for his epic and brutal battle with The Undertaker in 1998’s Hell in a Cell match, during which he was knocked unconscious after falls both off and through the 16-foot cell structure. Despite the injury, Foley finished the match—with one of his front teeth lodged in his nose.
With retirement looming as a result of that physically demanding style, Foley penned his own memoir “Have a Nice Day” without the aid of a ghostwriter—writing 200,000 words in longhand in 50 days. The book showcased Foley’s paradoxical blend of wit and wisdom, wildness and warmth, and shocked the literary world by hitting number one on The New York Times bestseller list in October 1999. The book remained on the Times list for 26 weeks. A followup, 2001’s “Foley is Good” hit number one on The New York Times list as well. Foley has published a total of 10 books; four memoirs, four children’s books and two novels. He has even made two appearances with me on PMPNetwork.com.
Now, Foley is a stand-up comedian. With his caustic wit, and his large stage presence, comedy is a natural! Wrestling prepared him for physical comedy, which he has executed on TV shows like “30 Rock” and “Celebrity Death Match.” He even did an episode (in 2012) of “Celebrity Wife Swap.”
Now, Sandwich residents can meet him up close and personal. In an event sponsored by Sinners & Saints Tattoos and Piercing in Wareham, Foley will be at Sandwich Taverna on Route 130 in Tradewinds Plaza in Forestdale on May 4. Doors open at 4 PM with a wrestling-based menu (Kane Special, Terry Funk Specials, Mick Foley Pizza, et cetera) Show starts at 6 PM. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by calling 508-295-1366. Admission includes a meet-and-greet, and photo. Tickets are almost sold out.
Organizer Roger Chouinard tells Snyder’s Sandwich, “People complain there’s nothing to do. I’m bringing a New York Times bestseller to Cape Cod. This gives people an opportunity to meet a great guy. I’ll also be selling my book ‘Bobby Chouinard, Drummer Extraordinaire’.” The book is about his uncle, who played with Billy Squire. Chouinard previously held a fundraiser for a Sandwich youth which helped fund an elevator in his home, and a scooter to get him around. As he said to me, “Not all tattooed people are bad.”
RUMBLINGS AROUND TOWN
DON’T MISS ANNUAL TOWN MEETING! The 5th of May brings anyone who is anyone together at Sandwich High School to help make the decisions that will determine what direction the Town of Sandwich will go in. This is your time to be heard. Moderator Garry Blank will lead Town Meeting members through the ropes as they determine such big questions as the amount of the entire town and school budget (which is proposed at $66,854,242) And, yes, you’ll have a say in it. The finance committee supported the huge increase for the school department, adding, “This is a risk, but we have made a decision to take this risk because we believe the school department will be able to make significant budget reductions in Fiscal Year 2016 from the amount they would typically be seeking by fully implementing the STEM initiative and closing the Henry T. Wing School in the 2015-2016 school year. Enrollments have declined too significantly over the past 12 years to avoid this decision.” It remains to be seen whether superintendent of schools Richard Canfield will actually deliver the promised million dollar savings next year. I called him a dozen times over the past four weeks to ask about precisely this, but have still not got a returned call.
The board of selectmen and finance committee supported a 3.78 percent increase in the school budget, and a municipal increase of 2.50 percent. Two articles will end up on the ballot on May 8, if passed by Town Meeting members on the 5th. The first would spend $500,000 on synthetic turf at the Sandwich High School football field. The second would authorize $1.3 million for the first phase of road repairs in Sandwich. They both need to be approved by Town Meeting voters and those at the ballot box to be implemented.
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I’ll let you all know next week how things turned out, and my impressions of Town Meeting.
NEW EVENING YOGA PROGRAM OFFERED AT SANDWICH COUNCIL ON AGING: A free class is offered on Monday, May 12, at 6 PM at the Sandwich Council on Aging, taught by Susan Norton. The class is designed for those who are new to yoga and for those who want to gain greater flexibility, which they have lost due to injury, a sedentary lifestyle, or illness. This class is also beneficial if you have arthritis as we will stretch all major muscle groups with the poses. Bring to class a mat and small pillow or rolled towel. Wear loose clothing. They are hoping that if enough interest is shown, this class will be a regular evening class. Please contact Sandwich Council on Aging at 508-888-4737 to register for this free demonstration class.
Mark Snyder, who has written more than 1,900 articles in newspapers and magazines, and published three books, is the CEO of PMPNetwork.com, the Internet’s entertainment superstation. Have a story idea? He can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, on Facebook (Snyder’s Stoughton), and on Twitter (MediaMan2009). Write him via snail mail at Box 639, East Sandwich.