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Bizarre but true stories about real people collected by syndicated columnist Chuck Shepherd.
Brian Blair is now a Republican county commissioner in Tampa, Fla., but before that was a professional wrestler for 20 years. He now says it wasn’t the dropkicks, pile drivers or neck breakers that ended his career, but rather tripping over a tray of dirty dishes at a Carrabba’s Italian Grill in Tampa in 2001, which he said injured his head, shoulder and knee, and his lawsuit is still pending. (His previous lawyers resigned in March.) Blair wrestled for four months after that injury, but said the matches were the less-strenuous “tag-team” contests. Also, hospital records show a blood-alcohol reading of 0.089 90 minutes after the incident, though Blair told the Tampa Tribune he only had a sip.
Driving While Nude:
Recent drivers who decided, for reasons known only to them, to get naked before taking the wheel:
–A woman, her toddler and her mother (all naked), Norwood, N.Y., sitting in a parked car (February).
–John Persico, Providence, R.I., smashed into several cars naked (February).
–Natalie Peterson, 23, Roy, Utah, shucked her clothes after an argument with her aunt (March).
–Eric Wayne, 57, Pocono Township, Pa. (An officer who knew him said Wayne “tends to get a little weird” when he’s been without sex) (arraigned in March).
–A man and woman, ages 59 and 70, Cologno al Serio, Italy (joyriding nude) (March).
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