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CAC Learning Series Seminars

  Welcome and thank you for visiting the Cauliflower Alley Club's "Learning Series" events page.  It is here that you will find the line-up and schedule of the CAC's Learning Series events held annually at our fabulous reunion in Las Vegas.

  Unlike traditional, one-off seminars or events held around the country, the Cauliflower Alley Club is unique in that, in addition to our fabulous banquets, awards and other CAC related activities, the CAC offers it's reunion attendees an opportunity to attend a full two days of seminars conducted by industry experts.  You can choose to attend one learning experience or, hopefully, all of them.  The choice is yours because admission to every one of the seminars is included in the purchase of your reunion ticket and up-to-date CAC membership.

  The CAC is so fortunate to have a wealth of very knowledgeable industry professionals in our midst — professionals who graciously volunteer their time to instruct, educate and share their knowledge with those who are willing to listen — professionals who all do it for free because, like us, they believe in the CAC mission to financially assist those in the wrestling industry who have fallen on difficult financial times.

  We are eternally grateful to our Learning Series presenters and hosts, as well as all of our CAC membership.  Please drop by our Learning Series presentation room when you are at this year's reunion.  You'll be amazed at what you can learn and the fun you'll have while learning it!

Sincerely,

Ron Hutchison
CAC Eastern Canada Liason
Reunion Seminar Administrator

Depression and Mental Health in Wrestling Depression and Mental Health in Wrestling

Dr. David Reiss, Dan Murphy and guests

Tuesday, April 30, 2019, 10:00 a.m.

  Depression is pretty widespread among wrestlers.  Pro Wrestling Illustrated senior journalist and author Dan Murphy teams up with Dr. David Reiss, M.D a noted psychiatrist and CAC Lifetime member, as well as a host of invited panelists to present what could, arguably, be the most beneficial seminar that the CAC has ever presented.

  Focusing on recognizing the signs of depression and other associated disorders (bipolar, etc.), and methods for treating it, this is a seminar that no one in attendance at the 2019 reunion should miss!

Blue Meanie CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT

Featuring The Blue Meanie, Joel Gertner
Host: A.J. Kirsch


Tuesday, April 30, 2019, 12:00 noon

  The psychology and importance of character development for all performers in the professional wrestling industry will be the topic of Tuesday's noon-hour seminar.

  Presented by Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) stalwarts and CAC lifetime members, "The Blue Meanie" Brian Heffron and "The Quintessential Stud Muffin" Joel Gertner, who makes his first visit to the reunion, this is a seminar that no young talent will want to miss.  These two gentlemen and AJ will discuss how to do the best with the character you have chosen or, in most cases, the character that was given to you to portray!

Dr D David Shultz DON'T CALL ME FAKE!  •  LIVE WITH "DR. D" DAVID SHULTZ

Featuring Dr. D David Shultz
Host: Jim Valley


Tuesday, April 30, 2019, 2:00 noon

  2019 CAC Men's Wrestling honoree, "Dr. D." David Shultz has requested the microphone to speak his mind ... and who's going to say no to the Doctor?

  David will talk about his storied career, which spanned the globe from Tennessee, Atlantic Grand Prix Wrestling, the American Wrestling Association, Stampede Wrestling, the National Wrestling Alliance, the World Wrestling Federation, and all points between.  Mr. Shultz will be free of the time constraints of his CAC honoree speech as the CAC, for the first time, spotlights it honorees by giving them a forum for an intimate and interactive career retrospective.  A question and answer session will be included for all reunion ticket holders.

American Wrestling Association TERRITORY TALK: "AWA Memories"

Featuring George Schire, Eddie Sharkey, Dawn Lemke, Al Burke, Carol Castle, Rock Riddle & Ed Hellier
Host: Mick Karch


Wednesday, May 1, 2019, 11:00 a.m.

  Based in the great state of Minnesota and headed by Verne Gagne, the American Wrestling Association (AWA) was one of the sport's elite companies, captivating millions of wrestling fans around the U.S. and into Canada with incredible talent and exciting match-ups for decades.  Some of professional wrestling's true legends performed in the AWA: Nick Bockwinkel, Billy Robinson, The Crusher, Ray Stevens, Sgt. Slaughter, Ric Flair, Mad Dog Vachon, Larry Hennig, Curt Hennig, Jim Brunzell, Hulk Hogan, "Dr. D." David Shultz, Andre the Giant, and countless others.

  "AWA Memories" will be a time for those who were there in various capacities to reminisce and share their experiences with seminar attendees about some of the great feuds, rivalries and matches from days gone by. You are invited to ask questions about the stars and what it was like to be part of an incredible era.

  Heading up this one will be Mick Karch, former AWA announcer.  Mick was there in the later days of the AWA and can speak to the overall climate as things were winding down in the face of the WWF expansion.

Joining Mick on the panel will be

• George Schire, "The Authority" on all-things "AWA professional wrestling."

• Eddie Sharkey, the "Trainer of Champions," who wrestled anyone and everyone who came through the AWA.

• Dawn Lemke, wrestling's "Female Wrestling Rookie of the Year" in 1971, wrestled a virtual who's-who of lady wrestlers, and competed in the first-ever women's tag team match in Winnipeg.

• Al Burke, a native of Minnesota, worked for the WWF in the hopes of eventually getting on with the AWA, only to see them close up shop before he had the opportunity.

• Carol Castle, a wrestling fan since childhood who turned her love and passion for the sport of wrestling into the founding of the Minnesota Wrestling Hall of Fame

• Rock Riddle, a mainstay at CAC reunions, spent six months on the AWA roster in the mid-'70s.

• Ed Hellier, the Nick Bockwinkel mentored owner and promoter of Steel Domain Wrestling for 20 years.

  This will be an opportunity to get a capsule look at one of the most successful promotions in professional wrestling history and its incredible legacy!

Dory Funk, Jr. A CHAMPION'S CHAMPION

Featuring Dory Funk, Jr.
Host: Jim Valley


Wednesday, May 1, 2019, 1:00 p.m.

  Our final Learning Series event of the 54th annual Cauliflower Alley Club reunion will be one that no fan, student, or even critic of professional wrestling will want to miss as the legendary former National Wrestling Alliance world heavyweight champion Dory Funk, Jr. has agreed to "tell it like it is" about his wealth of experiences inside of the grunt 'n' groan game.

  The son of Dory Funk Sr. and elder brother to Terry Funk, Dory has done just about all there is to do in our sport, including beating "Canada's Greatest Athlete&quoit; Gene Kiniski to hold the NWA world heavyweight title for more than four years at a time when you had to be held in highest esteem by promoters worldwide to be given the most prestigious title in wrestling.  He is a WWE Hall of Famer, and together, with his brother Terry, they are the only brother duo to hold the National Wrestling Alliance's highest honor.

  Among topics to be addressed by Dory are what it was like to grow up in a wrestling family, what it meant for him to be chosen and why he thinks he was chosen to be NWA champion at a time when the business was jealously protected from outsiders.  The WWF's Funkin' Dojo, his critically acclaimed wrestling school in Ocala, Florida, the Briscos, the wrestling legacy of West Texas State University, and so much more are all likely to come up during the CAC's chat with Dory.

  If you have any other plans on Wednesday afternoon, May 1, cancel them as this is one seminar you won't want to miss!

MORE SEMINARS TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON!

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