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On Thu, 3 Feb 2000, Cynthia F. Smith wrote:

> of this.  Growing up, my grandfather was a huge fan of this "sport".  He
> would truly get disturbed if anyone mentioned that they faked these
> matches.  I begin to wonder how many people are believers and how many
> recognize that WWF is just entertainment not "real".

My middle school daughter assures me that a number of her
friends "believe" in wrestling. They're the same ones who
thought the Blair Witch movie was real too.

And if that's a concern, then this issue of Newsweek would be a good one
to have around. Articles explore issues such as McMahon's rise as a
businessman, the "sport's" influence on children and youth, and how wrestlers
are trainined to be "cartoon" figures. I knew, of course, it was all
pretend so to speak, but I didn't know they actually had schools where
WWF-wannabes went to learn how to act they way they do!

   J. Rathbun | Library Teacher - Media Specialist
   Lincoln Elementary School - Las Vegas
   jrathbun@orednet.org [home]
   The views I express are mine and mine alone.

  "Poetry and hums aren't things which you get, they're
   things which get you. And all you can do is to go
   where they can find you."

             -- Winnie the Pooh

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