|By Bob Magee | June 25, 2012 | Comments|
Finally, on this upcoming July 4th weekend, I'll repeat the motto I leave you with frequently: Be sure to treasure those in your own lives... for we are never promised tomorrow. My own father's passing this past February 20 echoes that fact in my own life each day.
"And now, I'm glad I didn't know...
The way it all would end...
The way it all would go...
Our lives are better left to chance...
I could have missed the pain...
But I'd of had to miss the dance..."
I once received a kind letter from Joey's sister Valerie regarding the version of this column that was published in 2002:
"I just happened to come across your article about Joey while I was at work, and I wanted to thank you. You really seemed to know alot about him, not just as a referee, because we both know he was so much more than that.
I am his younger sister, and in addition to Tony Chimel naming his son after him, I had twin boys 2 years after he died; and named one Joey after him, and named the other Gino after my father.
Thanks for making my day."
Hopefully...in an era when lives seem to mean a lot less, with deaths of Americans and others in foreign lands reported on the evening news as if scores in some obscene video game; we can remember Joey's passing in some manner similar to the way his sister did...and take time to remember those important in our own lives.
Take a minute to say a prayer for or give a thought to them, as well as all within wrestling who've left us too soon as you approach this holiday weekend; and remember to see human beings, and not just as anonymous performers when you watch RAW, Smackdown, TNA, or your local independent promotion...because some of those performers were and are remarkable human beings.
Until next time...
Got a news tip or correction? Send it to us by clicking here.
How Was Viewership For Special Two Hour RAW?, Tough Enough Audience Drops, Total Divas First Look
Alex Talks Tough Enough Elimination, If He Regrets Saying "Knowledge Means Nothing", His Cardio
Shawn Michaels Talks Shelton Benjamin, Asking Vince To Go To WCW, Ziggler; JR On Keeping HBK In WWE
Finn Balor - WWE 2K16 Video, NXT Diva Gets New Name, Update On WWE Concussion Lawsuits, Flash Sale
Renee Young Reveals New WWE Show And Speaks To Arnold Schwarzenegger, Roddy Piper Podcast Update
Fighters React To Jose Aldo Pulling Out Of UFC 189, Strange UFC Ratings, UFC Drug Test News
Today In Wrestling History 7/1: Ric Flair Fired By WCW, Ultimate Warrior Takes WWF Beef Public, More
WWE Monday Night RAW Results: John Cena Open Challenge, No DQ Main Event, Kevin Owens, More
John Cena - Cesaro Match Censored On WWE Raw
** SPOILERS ** WWE SmackDown Results For This Week
Big Show Comes Clean About Brock Lesnar Ring Break, Explains Why He Kept Kayfabe For So Long
The Authority Storyline Speculation, WWE Tough Enough Alex On His Elimination, More Reactions