It’s not often I blog expressing my pleasant surprise that someone is still alive. In fact, I think I have only done it once when I blogged “Good heavens! Mick McManus is still alive” in July 2007. The man in question was blessed with a further six years of life and has now died aged 93.
As a tribute, here is that post from 2007 and, below it, a clip from McManus in his prime (for which mention should be made of commentator Ken Walton who was an integral part of ITV World of Sport Wrestling):
This will mean nothing to anyone under about 45. But I was watching “I love television” or some such ITV confection last night and who should walk on but Mick McManus!
My wife and I said in unison: “I thought he was dead!”
But there he was, as alive as a live thing, as Baldrick would say.
I’ve just looked him up. He is 79 years old! (sic) He has outlived both Jackie Pallo and Giant Haystacks.
Note to anyone under 45: ITV used to run live wrestling (usually from Doncaster?) at 4pm on a Saturday. It was hugely popular. We had to watch it with my maternal grandparents in case one of them had a seizure during it, because they got excited about it. Mick McManus was the “Bête noire” of these largely staged pugilistic performances.