Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Lou Albano

Sad to report that Lou Albano (above, left) has passed away at age 76.

Lou was a wrestling "manager" - a role that really doesn't exist anymore in professional wrestling. Managers really didn't manage much of anything - but they played the vital role of doing most of the talking during televised interviews. And nobody could talk quite like Lou.

He garnered some mainstream fame around the same time Cyndi Lauper became famous ('84 or so) - appearing in some of her early videos, and claiming on TV talk shows to have written her hit songs.

He was one of the first of the WWF "superstars" to leave the show - appearing for a time as one of the Super Mario Brothers in a Saturday morning cartoon series.