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Posted on Mon, Jul 8, 2013 : 4:44 p.m.

Ex-professional wrestler George 'The Animal' Steele coming to Ann Arbor Barnes and Noble

By Pete Cunningham

Former professional wrestler and Michigan native George "The Animal" Steele is coming to a Barnes and Noble near you.

No word yet on if he's bringing a shirt.


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The former World Wrestling Federation (now World Wrestling Entertainment) wrestler will be at the Ann Arbor Barnes and Noble, located at 3235 Washtenaw Avenue, on Monday, July 15, at 7 p.m. discussing his newly released memoir "Animal," by Jim Evans, which is filled with nostalgic tidbits and insider information about the professional wrestling scene in the 1970s and '80s.

The book also discusses how Steele balanced his public persona as wrestler in the WWF—where he was famous for animal-like grunts, attempts at eating turnbuckles, hairy back and green tongue—with his normal life as Jim Meyers: high school teacher, football/wrestling coach and father. Meyers is a member of the Michigan High School Coaches Hall of Fame for his 25-year coaching career at Madison Heights. Madison Heights won a 1969 state championship under Meyers and was runner-up in 1970.

Monday's appearance at Barnes and Noble will include a talk by Steele, followed by a question and answer period and book signing.

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Tue, Jul 9, 2013 : 12:43 a.m.

This may not be my cup of tea, but I know a really good kid who loves wrestling. He is special ED and requires assistance, but this would be his thrill of a life time. I really wish I was free that evening to take him and see his face just being there.


Tue, Jul 9, 2013 : 12:29 a.m.

I can remember seeing him wrestle as "The Student" at Cobo Hall in the early '70s. My kids later followed him during the WrestleMania era. Maybe I'll take my grandson to see him next week, passing some culture down another generation.


Tue, Jul 9, 2013 : 2:36 a.m.

Remember his crooked, diabolical, and devious manager Gary Hart?


Mon, Jul 8, 2013 : 11:37 p.m.

I was ready to make a snide comment just based on the headline. But when I read that in real life he was a teacher and legitimate wrestling coach I held back. I bet none of his high school wrestlers were taught any of his professional moves. I guess this goes hand in hand with the old saying "You can't judge a book by it's cover".

Nicholas Urfe

Mon, Jul 8, 2013 : 11:04 p.m. staff should draw straws to select a staff member to do an interview and an exhibition wrestling match.

Nicholas Urfe

Mon, Jul 8, 2013 : 11:03 p.m.

This sounds very entertaining.

An Arborigine

Mon, Jul 8, 2013 : 10:10 p.m.

In a related story: Barnes & Noble CEO Resigns Barnes & Noble Chief Executive Officer William Lynch has resigned effective immediately, the U.S. bookstore chain said on Monday. The news came just weeks after the company reported another quarter of dismal results. Coincidence?

An Arborigine

Mon, Jul 8, 2013 : 9:04 p.m.

A literary treasure for sure!