Friendship with Andre the Giant:
Well, thank you for nice comment, yes he was a very close personal friend of myself and my family and he was the god father to my two daughter Heather and Julie. He was kind enough and I never asked him, I was asked 2 weeks ago to contribute to a new book, he is very popular after that documentary, very generous man to a fault if he liked you he would do anything for you he got himself into a station where people took advantage of him, so of his friends including myself wanted to bring that up, he was generous never let people buy a drink of buy a meal, and people will take advantage of that, we didn’t want people to see that I’ll tell you a story we were in japan 4 or 5 of our friends and he never let anything pick up the bill and this went on for 4 or 5 days and we were going to go out, and he asked us, and we said we weren’t going out we haven't other things, we aren't going out because you won’t let us buy us anything, tonight you buy but tomorrow night I buy, we would split the check, he did’t like it, that was his gift to us, I didn’t feel comfortable with it, some guys would just hang out in the lobby hoping he would scoop them up and front the bill, that was a pet peeve of mine. Friendship is sharing and sharing back and forth. Conversely , if he didn’t like you he didn't associate with you.
His backstage role in WWF not working out:
Yes, I was, that’s when we brought Crush in, when it was first proposed, there were certain parameters, duties and pay scale. As time went on the duties went down and so did the pay scale. When it was time the proposal was totally different. I had the chance to go overseas and I turned it down. It was the best decision I could have made. People are still doing it to this day and they aren’t happy. Life is too short. There are other opportunity. I had a standing relationship with Anoki. I was over there back and forth for 14 years just on a handshake, no written contract. I am back to teaching. I will be retiring this December. My Dad always said get an education, find something you love, have something to fall back on and it’s okay to say no.
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