Congrats to Dick Bourne of the Gateway!

A hearty congratulations to our friend Dick Bourne on being recognized by the George Tragos/Lou Thesz Hall of Fame for his contributions to pro wrestling journalism. Dick & David Chappell of course run the great Mid Atlantic Gateway- our favorite wrestling site! 

'I am extremely honored to be receiving the 2022 James C. Melby Award and look forward to being in Waterloo, Iowa, at the George Tragos/Lou Thesz Hall of Fame this July. It is humbling to be recognized with an award previously given to others for whom I have such enormous respect.' Dick Bourne at the Mid Atlantic Gateway

After leaving wrestling mostly behind, about 20 years ago I first went online and typed 'Mid Atlantic Wrestling' and found the Gateway - I couldn't believe it. It was so packed with info and photos and I spent months reading all the articles, printing them out to read whenever I got the chance. It inspired the start of this site and over the years I have tried to fashion it in a similar way. And likewise for their site credo.

'We don’t get into any of the backstage drama. We like to try and present the history of the territory just as it was presented to us back then on television and in the arenas. It’s like back in the days when people passed along folk tales from generation to generation; we want to pass along these great stories told decades ago so that new generations of wrestling fans will know them, too, and those great names will never be forgotten.' - Dick Bourne

On a personal note I've been fortunate to work with Dick occasionally on articles and share info that connects our Maple Leaf with their Mid Atlantic. As well I will be forever grateful for our time working on the Canadian Title book. It was a lot of fun and would not have come to fruition without his immeasurable contributions and helpful direction. 

Congrats Dick I can't think of anyone more deserving for such an award! 

The Mid Atlantic Gateway
All of Dick Bourne's books at Mid Atlantic Gateway Bookstore
We loved all the books and highly recommend them for Toronto fans as it's part of our history too! 
A look at Dick's latest Crown Jewel The NWA World Championship 1959-1973