About Scott Teal|
Scott M. Teal (born October 9, 1953) is an American historian, author, journalist and publisher known for his work chronicling professional wrestling history.
Having been involved as a fan, writer, and publisher since 1969, he has written and/or edited and published 45 books and more than 100 periodicals. He is also the executive vice-president of the [http://www.caulifloweralleyclub.org Cauliflower Alley Club], a non-profit corporation devoted to financially assisting those in the wrestling industry who have fallen on difficult financial times. He is referred to as the "most prolific writer ever of pro wrestling history" and his work is studied and referenced by other historians.
Teal was born in Wilmington, Delaware. In 1962, after two moves to cities in Michigan, his family settled in Bradenton, Florida.
In 1968, Teal saw a TV program called Championship Wrestling from Florida and fell in love with the sport. In January 1972, eight months after he graduated from Southeast High School, he published his first periodical, a fan bulletin called "The Tampa Scene", which reported on pro wrestling matches that took place in Tampa, Florida. Six months later, with subscribers throughout the U.S., Canada, Australia, and Japan, he extended the reports to include the entire state and renamed the bulletin "Florida Fan-Fare". During that time, Teal had frequent articles published in national wrestling magazines, all highlighted with photos he shot at wrestling cards in Florida.
In 1973, Teal graduated from Manatee Junior College (now State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota). After working full-time for a year building house trailers, he moved to Nashville, Tennessee, to attend Trevecca Nazarene College (now Trevecca Nazarene University). He graduated in 1977 with a B.S. degree in Music Education. Teal worked several jobs during his time in college, including yearbook photographer at both Trevecca and Opryland USA, photographer at Sears Portrait Studio, and clerk at a local convenience store.
During his first year at Trevecca, Teal supplemented his income by shooting photos at wrestling cards in Nashville to accompany his magazine articles, and later shot and sold publicity pictures to the wrestlers. His work and reputation brought him to the attention of Nashville wrestling promoter Nick Gulas, who asked Teal to work for him handling photography and publicity.
Two months later, Teal was offered the opportunity to publish and sell a weekly arena program in Huntsville, Alabama. The first issue of "SLAM-O-GRAM" was published on Oct. 10, 1975, and the entire print-run sold out in less than an hour. Six weeks later, Teal's programs were being sold in Chattanooga, and a short time later, he purchased the rights to sell the program at the Nashville Fairgrounds wrestling shows. Over the next five years, 244 issues of "SLAM-O-GRAM" were sold in Tennessee, Kentucky and Alabama arenas.
In 1980, promoter Gulas sold his business and Teal worked for the new owner, Buddy Fuller, for a month. At that time, Fuller turned over the wrestling business to Jerry Jarrett, who promoted the western side of the Tennessee territory. Jarrett had his own arena program, so Teal put the wrestling business behind him.
During his final year at Trevecca, Teal met and fell in love with Angela Walker, a freshman from Jacksonville, Florida. After he graduated, he took a part-time job with United Parcel Service while Angela completed her education. They were married on June 17, 1978, and lived on campus. A month later, UPS management brought Teal on full-time and he spent the next 37 years working for the company.
RETURN TO WRESTLING
In March 1993, Teal received a call from Don Rowlett, a wrestling fan who was promoting a legends reunion in Nashville under the banner of the Nashville Wrestling Collector's Association. Rowlett needed someone to produce flyers and publicity for an April 10-11 event. Teal, one of the few people with a personal home computer at that time, readily agreed. Teal had nothing to do with the pro wrestling business since his exit in 1980 and he jumped at the chance to get involved.
In the days leading up to the event, Teal came up with the idea of publishing a 12-page newsletter called "Whatever Happened to ...?", in which he featured stories about, and interviews with, the older pro wrestlers who had dropped out of sight. The wrestlers allowed Teal to publish their addresses and phone numbers so fans could contact them for autographs and correspondence. The newsletter was an instant hit and was mailed to subscribers worldwide. Thirty-two issues later, it was expanded to 50 pages. In all, 53 issues were published, with one final "issue" printed in regular book format under the title "Shooting with the Legends".
In November 2003, Teal formed Crowbar Press and published his first full-length autobiography, "Inside Out", in November 2003 with Ole Anderson, one of the top names in the wrestling business during the '60s and '70s. The reception to the book was off the charts and Teal was soon getting calls from wrestlers across the country, all wanting him to write their books. Since that time, Teal has published 45 books, all relating the history of professional wrestling. His company, Crowbar Press, also creates posters, DVDs, and classic photos, all with the intent to preserve the history of professional wrestling.
Teal is married to Angela Walker and they have two daughters, Beth & Amy. They have seven grandchildren; Gavin, Caleb, Brennan, Wesley, Aubrey, Caden, and Emma (deceased).
Now retired from his full-time job with UPS, Teal and Angela spend their time with their grandchildren, traveling, attending musicals, plays, wrestling conventions, and attend NorthField Church in Gallatin, Tennessee. At home, they enjoy binge-watching TV shows and movies in their home theater.
Teal's first book release by a publishing company other than his own is the upcoming "Soulman: The Rocky Johnson Story". Published by ECW Press, the book includes a foreword by Rocky's son, Dwayne Johnson|Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson.
"Inside Out" (Crowbar Press, Nov. 2003). Ole Anderson & Scott Teal. ISBN 0-9745545-0-2
"Wrestlers Are Like Seagulls" (Crowbar Press, June 2005). James J. Dillon & Scott Teal. ISBN 0-9745545-2-9
"ASSASSIN: The Man Behind the Mask" (Crowbar Press, July 2006). Joe Hamilton & Scott Teal. ISBN 0-9745545-3-7
''"Is That Wrestling Fake?"'' (Crowbar Press, Jan. 2007). Ivan Koloff & Scott Teal. ISBN 978-0-9745545-4-9
"Bruiser Brody" (Crowbar Press, Jan. 2007). Emerson Murray, edited by Scott Teal. ISBN 978-1-9403911-9-5
"Wrestling with the Truth" (Crowbar Press, June 2008). Bruno Lauer & Scott Teal. ISBN 0-9745545-7-0
"The Solie Chronicles" (Crowbar Press, Aug. 2009). Bob Allyn, with Pamela S. Allyn & Scott Teal. ISBN 978-0-9844090-3-7
"Wrestling in the Canadian West" (Crowbar Press, Sept. 2009). Vance Nevada, edited by Scott Teal. ISBN 978-0-9745545-9-4
"Long Days and Short Pays" (Crowbar Press, Feb. 2010). H.E. (Duke) West, edited by Scott Teal. ISBN 978-0-9844090-0-6
"Drawing Heat" (Crowbar Press, Feb. 2010). Jim Freedman, with additional material by Scott Teal. ISBN 978-0-9844090-1-3
"ATLAS: Too Much, Too Soon" (Crowbar Press, Oct. 2010). Tony Atlas & Scott Teal. ISBN 978-0-9844090-2-0
"The Last Laugh" (Crowbar Press, June 2011). Bill De Mott & Scott Teal. ISBN 978-0-9844090-3-7
"HOOKER" (Crowbar Press, June 2011). Lou Thesz & Kit Bauman, edited by Scott Teal. ISBN 978-0-9844090-4-4
"The Last Outlaw" (Crowbar Press, Aug. 2011). Stan Hansen & Scott Teal. ISBN 978-0-9844090-5-1
"NIKITA: A Tale of the Ring and Redemption" (Crowbar Press, Feb. 2012). Nikita Koloff & Bill Murdock, edited by Scott Teal. ISBN 978-0-9844090-6-8
"The Strap" (Crowbar Press, Jan. 2013). Roger Deem, edited by Scott Teal. ISBN 978-0-9844090-8-2
"BRISCO" (Crowbar Press, July 2013). Jack Brisco & William Murdock, edited by Scott Teal. ISBN 978-0-9844090-9-9
"I Ain't No Pig Farmer!" (Crowbar Press, March 2014). Dean Silverstone & Scott Teal. ISBN 978-1-9403910-2-1
"The Hard Way" (Crowbar Press, Aug. 2014). Don Fargo & Scott Teal. ISBN 978-1-9403910-3-8
"Whatever Happened to Gorgeous George?" (Crowbar Press, Oct. 2015). Joe Jares, with additional material by Scott Teal. ISBN 978-1-9403910-5-2
"It's Wrestling, Not Rasslin'!" (Crowbar Press, Jan. 2016). Mark Fleming & Scott Teal. ISBN 978-1-9403910-6-9
"BRUISER: The World's Most Dangerous Wrestler" (Crowbar Press, March 2016). Richard Vicek, edited by Scott Teal. ISBN 978-1-9403910-7-6
"The Mat, the Mob & Music" (Crowbar Press, Sept. 2016). Tom Hankins & Scott Teal. ISBN 978-1-940391-08-3
"Breaking Kayfabe" (Crowbar Press, Jan. 2017). Jeff Bowdren, edited by Scott Teal. ISBN 978-1-940391-05-2
"Battleground Valhalla" (Crowbar Press, May 2017). Michael Majalahti, edited by Scott Teal. ISBN 978-1-940391-12-0
"Florida Mat Wars: 1977" (Crowbar Press, May 2017). Robert VanKavelaar, with Scott Teal. ISBN 978-1-940391-17-5
"When It Was Real" (Crowbar Press, April 2019). Nikita Breznikov, with Scott Teal. ISBN 978-1-940391-22-9
"The Annotated Fall Guys" (Crowbar Press, May 2019). Marcus Griffin, annotated by Steve Yohe & Scott Teal. ISBN 978-1-940391-21-2
"Pain Torture Agony" (Crowbar Press, April 2019). Ron Hutchison, with Scott Teal. ISBN 978-1-940391-23-6
"They Call Me Booker" (Crowbar Press, June 2019).Jeff Bowdren, edited by Scott Teal. ISBN 978-1-940391-24-3
"The Mighty Milo" (Crowbar Press, June 2019). Phillips Rogers, with additional material by Scott Teal. ISBN 978-1-9403912-5-0
"Soulman: The Rocky Johnson Story" (ECW Press, Oct. 2019). Rocky Johnson & Scott Teal. ISBN 978-1770414938
The Great Pro Wrestling Venues
Volume 1, Wrestling in the Garden (Crowbar Press, Jan. 2017). Scott Teal & J Michael Kenyon. ISBN 978-1-940391-10-6
Volume 2, The Greatest Wrestling in the History of Nashville (Crowbar Press, Feb. 2017). Scott Teal & Don Luce. ISBN 978-1-940391-11-3
Volume 3, Alabama: 1931-1935 (Crowbar Press, April 2019). Jason Presley. ISBN 978-1-940391-20-5
Volume 4, Japan: The Rikidozan Years, 1951-1963 (Crowbar Press, July 2019). Haruo Yamaguchi, with Koji Miyamoto & Scott Teal. ISBN 978-1-940391-26-7
The Wrestling Archive Project
"Wrestling Archive Project, volume 1" (Crowbar Press, Oct. 2015). Scott Teal. ISBN 978-1-9403910-4-5
"Wrestling Archive Project, volume 2" (Crowbar Press, Nov. 2017). Scott Teal. ISBN 978-1-940391-17-5
Classic Arena Programs
Volume 1: "SLAM-O-GRAM, vol. 1" (Crowbar Press, May 2017). Scott Teal. ISBN 978-1-940391-13-7
Volume 2: "SLAM-O-GRAM, vol. 2" (Crowbar Press, July 2018). Scott Teal. ISBN 978-1-940391-18-2
Through the Lens, Through the Ropes
Volume 1: "Southeastern Championship Wrestling" (Crowbar Press, Crowbar Press, May 2017). Compiled by Scott Teal. ISBN 978-1-940391-15-1
Volume 2: "Championship Wrestling from Florida" (Crowbar Press, Oct. 2017). Compiled by Scott Teal. ISBN 978-1-940391-16-8
Other works published
Durango (Crowbar Press, July 2012). H.E. (Chuck) Thornton. ISBN 978-0-9844090-7-5
Charles Starrett: Before Durango (Crowbar Press, July 2013). H.E. (Chuck) Thornton. ISBN 978-1-940391-00-7
AWARDS & ACCOMPLISHMENTS
• Cauliflower Alley Club — James Melby Historian Award (Las Vegas, Nevada, 2008, first recipient)
• George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame — Jim Melby Award (Waterloo, Iowa, 2011)
• Legends Lunch Award (Tampa, Florida, 2016)
• Mid-South/UWA Wrestling Alliance — Spotlight Award (North AL Mid-South/UWA Reunion, Lewisburg, Tennessee, 2018)
• Crowbar Press
• Cauliflower Alley Club
• Scott Teal's Amazon Author Page
• Sputnik Monroe was body-slamming civil rights pioneer. AP News (March 30, 2018)
• 1979 Rax Roast Beef Wrestling Premiums? Blowout Cards (July 2012)
• Author Scott Teal Discusses Nashville's Rich History. OVW Radio (May 9, 2017). Buckler, David.
• "Whatever Happened to Gorgeous George?" author, passes away at 78. f4wonline (July 4, 2016). Meltzer, Dave. Joe Jares
• Wrestling legend has book signing in Hampton. The Flagship (Feb. 24, 2016). Yiorgo.
• Former wrestling announcer's life chronicled by family. Gainesville Times (Oct. 15, 2009). Davis, Katie B.
• ICW Wrestler Bob Roop & The $1000 Sugar Hold Challenge Backfire
• 6:05 Superpodcast. Interview (transcribed)
• "Wrestlers Are Like Seagulls". Kirkus Reviews
• National Wrestling Hall of Fame
• Mat Matters: In Praise of Scott Teal. SLAM! Sports Oliver, Greg..
• Soulman by Rocky Johnson & Scott Teal. Pro Wrestling Books (June 27, 2019).
• Ole Anderson Worker Puts Gun to the Back of His Head. Pro Wrestling Stories.
• Scott Teal's obituary of former KAYO/KVI sports talker J Michael Kenyon. Radio Discussions (Aug. 2015).
• Scott Teal Interview. Solie's Vintage Wrestling (1998). Hartley, Jeremy.
• LEGENDARY VILLAIN HAS A GRUDGE AND HE ISN'T FAKING IT. South Florida Sun-Sentinel (May 14, 2004). Marvez, Alex.
• New wrestling book revives mat memories. The Sports Bookie (Nov. 24, 2015). D'Angelo, Bob.
• Collecting the 1979 Gulas/Rax Roast Beef Championship Wrestling Card Set. Sports Market Report (Sept. 28, 2018).
• Lord of the Ring. Style Weekly.
• The Thoughts and Fancies of a Fake Geek Boy (July 11, 2019). Arthur.
• Review of "Is That Wrestling Fake" The Bear Facts. WrestlingFigs.com (Jan. 11, 2009). Hatfield, W. Dwight.
• Legendary Pro Wrestler Willis "Roger" Kirby Passes Away. Wrestling Inc. (March 29, 2019). Gunier, Robert.
• 6:05 Podcast(June 8, 2019)
• Do It Again podcast (May 24, 2019)
• Hart Beat Radio (Dec. 9, 2018)
• 6:05 Superpodcast (March 28, 2018)
• Hart Beat Radio (Feb. 3, 2018)
• CWF Legends Fanfest (Oct. 29, 2017)
• Hart Beat Radio (July 8, 2017)
• 6:05 Superpodcast (May 24, 2017)
• Austin Idol Live (May 15, 2017)
• Rasslin' Memories (April 1, 2017)
• 6:05 Superpodcast (Feb. 27, 2017)
• The Undisputed Wrestling Show (Feb. 2, 2016)
• IHWERadio (April 2, 2015)
• Hart Beat Radio (Nov. 17, 2014)
• Peach State Pandemonium (Aug. 7, 2014)
• Review Fix (Jan. 14, 2012)
• Peach State Pandemonium (March 3, 2011)
• Peach State Pandemonium (June 17, 2010)
• Jerkin' the Curtain (April 15, 2008)
Copyright © 2019 by Scott Teal