October 6th, 2012 is the day a voice was heard ’round the world. WWE Hall of Famer, Memphis Wrestling Legend, and founding member of the popular band The Gentry’s, “The Mouth of the South” Jimmy Hart had invaded Downtown Jonesboro with his signature megaphone and lavish blazers. I have had the opportunity to work with Jimmy on numerous occasions and consider him a good friend. No matter where he goes or who he meets he is the same; treating people with dignity and respect. Jimmy Hart is in my opinion on of the top three wrestling managers of ALL TIME. He has traveled across the nation and across the world with some of the most recognizable figures in professional wrestling history such as, Hulk Hogan, The Hart Foundation, The Moondogs, Brutus Beefcake, and numerous others. He has worked in the WWE, WCW, TNA, and other wrestling organizations. During the festivities of the day, Jimmy Hart could be seen two doors down from James Best’s Skinny J’s Bar on Main Street. Hart was also there helping to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in collaboration with Jonesboro Radio Group. Hart, with WWE, makes numerous trips around the country in support of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, granting ill children the wish of their dreams.
Before Jimmy began to raise some money, I had the opportunity to take a look at the other venders and sponsors of the event. Below are some of the photos I took of those businesses.
So many things to see and do and it was a safe environment as well with Jonesboro’s finest, the Jonesboro Police Department and E-911 making sure things went smoothly and they did. I was also able to get a few shots of an old friend who now works for a new paper based in Newport and Magic of Wrestling figure, Austin Lane. Lane and MOW Owner Betty Butler shared a few laughs with myself and we had such a great time. Austin was also sporting a new, and nice looking, haircut that he received after his retirement match against Killer Nikels on July 28, at Trouble in Trumann.
We also had a fixture from the old Memphis days, PowerPro Wrestling Promoter and Owner Randy Hales also stopped in to catch up with the WWE Hall of Famer.
There were so many things going on and so much to do at the event you could have spanned it for a whole weekend. While signing autographs for some fans, a young lady approached Jimmy and asked for a picture with him and the picture is worth a thousand words.
After a long day of signing autographs Jimmy began to pack things up and call it a night. Before he did he did go and check out Lauren Grey from American Idol and .38 Special who were LIVE in concert!
Just as we thought we were going to wrap up the night, our stomachs began to growl and decided it was time to grab a bite to eat. During the autograph session we had been taken care of with a supply of tea and water from the crew at Skinny J’s located just a few doors down. So we decided to return the hospitality and join them for a nice hot meal. We entered the Steakhouse and it was a full place that night with entertainment inside and out! We all had a great time and enjoyed the food and hospitality that was shown to us; a special shout out to our waiter(s) and GM Sara Reeves. If you are ever in the area I urge you to stop at Skinny J’s located at 205 South Main Street, Jonesboro, AR.
I want to thank everyone that came out and supported Jonesboro and its businesses, and if you missed your opportunity to meet The Mouth of the South, keep looking because you will never know when he will return!