Vince 'baldy' McMahon Backstage. DAMN!
The Vince McMahon that you should know.
The evil genius behind the World Wrestling Federation's empire is really a softie who donates millions to charities and works tirelessly for the Special Olympics.
WWF mastermind Vince McMahon is living an All-American rags-to-riches story, going from a youth spent in a North Carolina trailor park to a multimillion-dollar mansion in Greenwich, Conn. And along the way he's overcome such adversity as abuse by a stepdad, dyslexia, and attention deficit disorder. But he also has his demons and admits he: Used steroids and encouraged wrestlers to use them cheated on his wife Took illegal drugs.
Now he's on the hotseat for promoting sex, violence, and vulgarity on cable's highest-rated shows, but he insists he won't stop. "People should pick on MTV or some of the other shows that are more graphic than us when it comes to sex or violence," he blasts.
Though 53-year-old Vince Kennedy McMahon is the man viewers love to hate----he plays the WWF's evil CEO on-camera to the hilt---he's well-respected by the local community. "The McMahons are extremely generous and community-minded folks and we at the Special Olympics consider them part of our family," says Marylou Iannone, an official with the Connecticut Special Olympics. Wrestling photographer Mike Lano says McMahon is involved in lots of charity work that he tries to keep quiet.
"He's been a major supporter of two organizations for retired wrestlers, the Cauliflower Alley Club and the Ladies' International Wrestling Association, both in terms of money and sending talent to their fund-raisers," adds Lano. And Tony Spinelli, business writer for the Connecticut Post, says McMahon tries to do everything he can for the community. "He and Linda's commitment to us here includes keeping WWF wrestlers involved in charitable fund-raising and boosting the spirits of sick children by visiting hospitals whenever time permits," he explains.
Even though McMahon's net worth is estimated at more than 1.1 billion dollars, he came from humble beginnings, spending his early years in a Pinehurst, N.C., trailer park with his mom and a series of stepdads. He didn't meet his real father, wrestling promoter Vince J. McMahon, until he was 12. "My life as a kid could not have been any more screwed-up than it was," he says. "My mom was married five times."
McMahon, who was dyslexic and also suffered from attention deficit disorder, reveals that one of his stepfathers used to "beat me unmercifully," but the little guy never backed down. "You'd think I would've learned to say to myself: 'Vince, back off,' but I never did." When he was very young, McMahon recalls being awakened one night by his mother's screams, only to see her being pummeled by his then-stepdad. And his stepfather often turned violent toward Vince, using screwdrivers, wore or a pipe wrence to administer frequent beatings.
McMahon finally met his real father and was in awe of him---and fell in love with the business of wrestling. After graduating from East Carolina State University with a business administration degree, Vince went to work for his dad, announcing and promoting local shows around New England. When McMahon's father started pondering retirement in 1980, Vince pleaded with him to let him but the business, but his dad didn't think he could raise the money by himself. The scheming son led his father to believe he was lining up investors to back him, but what he and wife Linda were secretly doing was lining up credit at various banks, taking out loan after loan.
In 1982, McMahon became sole owner and chairman of Titan Sports Inc., in Stamford, Conn., and named Linda as its president and CEO. They now have 500 employees and to help out the firm's working mothers, Linda put a day-care center, Titan Tots, right on the premises.
But as the company became more and more sucessful, it took toll on his marriage. "I got wayward from time to time, not just in terms of extracurricular activites as far as my marriage was concerned, but I was dabbling in drugs in the '80s, as well," he admits.
They were also rocked by a steroid scandal, when the government prosecuted him in 1993 on charges of conspiring to provide steroids to wrestlers and possession and intent to distribute steroids. He admittied in the trial that he used steroids and knew of their use by his wrestlers--including top grappler Hollywood Hulk Hogan--but insists "steroids were not illegal at that time." He pleaded innocent to all charges and was only convicted of conspiracy to defraud the FDA.
Meanwhile, McMahon is enjoying his on-camera role as the evil boss who's slowly turning into a good guy. The new man viewers love to hate? Vince's 29-year-old son Shane, who's following in his dad's footsteps and will someday run the company. And keeping the WWF a family affair, 22-year-old Stephanie is also part of various WWF story lines. "Hopefully in the future," declares Vince, "a lot of little McMahons will be involved, too!"
I would like to thank Nicole for this article. I believe this article came from a NY or NJ paper in early June '99.
That's right, Buddy Huggins is Dyslexic also, and he wants to help kids to read and learn.
From 4 to 7 you learn to read, from 8 to 16 you read to learn.
There are too many kids being over looked, and set aside.
Buddy Huggins was one of these kids, and knows only to well how it feels.
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Dyslexic? You're not alone...
yslexia is a syndrome of many and varied symptoms affecting over 40 million American children and adults. Many with dyslexia and related learning and attention disorders realize quite early that they are not like their peers. Their learning and coordination or klutzy difficulties often lead to ridicule and/or self-recrimination — leading them to feel dumb and depressed-isolated. As a result, one can only wonder just how many potential creative geniuses — how many Einstein’s and Da Vinci’s — have been stigmatized and pushed aside? All too often, learning-disabled children grow up to be underemployed adults, shunted into routine, dead-end occupations for life. Some have difficulties maintaining families and raising children properly. Many drift into drugs and alcohol — even crime. Their loss and cost to society is incalculable. And tragically, this staggering loss was, and is, preventable!
Since dyslexia is often a self-compensating disorder that can often be overcome with time, effort and understanding, it is crucial to provide dyslexics with success stories of well known individuals so that they don’t give up and indeed persevere. Thus for example, there have been many dyslexics that have made tremendous contributions to mankind. They include famous entertainers, designers, architects, writers, athletes, jurists, physicians, scientists, and political and business leaders.
These successful dyslexics learned to overcome or sidestep their barriers, permitting them to accomplish their dreams and desires. In fact, at times their disorder was found to be a catalyst for success — forcing them to develop and utilize hidden talents. Often, their most crucial "life-saving"characteristic was perseverance. They never gave up no matter how difficult the task before them seemed. Their successful lives, despite dyslexia, shows us that "miracles" can be accomplished so long as dyslexics are encouraged by loving parents and caring teachers to believe in themselves.
An inspiring sample of some self-compensated famous and successful dyslexics follows. But just remember — for every famous or well-known dyslexic, there are thousands and thousands more who have made it, despite their disorder. Sadly, there are millions that have not — that could have!
Leonard Da Vinci