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PART II: THE RISE

R.D. Reynolds and Bryan Alvarez ECW Press ePub

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THE RISE

“Hulk has control over what he does. We don’t mind, because obviously he is doing it right. It helps us … we need help.”

—Terry Taylor, Booking Committee Member, 1997

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1997:

THE WAITING GAME

If 1996 taught Eric Bischoff anything, it was that the New World Order was the future of his company. That much was made clear from the ratings and the buy rates, both of which had skyrocketed following the launch of the angle. The numbers did not lie. Attendance was up 43 percent over 1995, gates were up 87 percent, and buy rates for PPVs—where the company made the bulk of its money—were closing in on that. In fact, the very first Nitro of 1997 drew 10,034 paid—a brand-new record—and this came a week before the Chicago show shattered that number with over 17,000 fans paying $189,206. The nWo had brought them to the Holy Land, and nowhere else would the spotlight shine brighter than this.

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5: THE FRYING PAN AND THE FREEZER

Neil Peart ECW Press ePub

THE FRYING PAN AND THE FREEZER

JULY 2011

DURING THE FIRST RUN of this year’s continuation of the Time Machine tour (part deux) in April, Michael and I motorcycled between shows in the eastern United States and Canada. As described in “Eastern Resurrection,” the weather was cold, wet, and windy—even snowy farther north. Verily, we did suffer most grievously, and there were great chatterings of teeth and shiverings of limb.

Likewise, as told in “Singletrack Minds in the Sceptered Isle,” May in Europe was cold and wet for Brutus and me. (If not quite so biblical.)

However, back in the U.S. in June, riding with Michael again, all that changed. We went from the freezer to the frying pan—then back into the freezer.

Hence a couple of other titles I considered for this story: “A Season of Fire and Ice” (which felt too similar to an earlier Far and Away story, “Fire on Ice”) and “A Season of Swelter and Snow.” But the best metaphor seemed to be the frying pan.

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SOUP

Robert Sietsema ECW Press PDF

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SECRET NEW YORK

S E C R E T

SOUP

Food fads break out like brushfires, sweeping in overnight and dominating entire regions of the city. Ten years ago, popcorn created a sensation, and popcorn stores opened all over Midtown selling the stuff in dozens of flavors — like coconut, bubble gum, and tutti frutti

— then shut down almost immediately. Other fads have included buffalo chicken wings; pretzels with gooey stuffings; burritos and their bastard offspring, wraps; and sushi, which has stayed with us longer than any other.

Spawned by the Seinfeld "Soup Nazi" episode, and in emulation of

Soup Kitchen International (2^^A West 55th Street, 757-7330), at least 20 soup-only storefronts have sprung up, of which Daily

Soup has the most locations. The formula is simple: each offers ten or so pottages per day in carryout containers in a variety of sizes.

The price always seems a little steep, but the soup comes with a hunk of bread, piece of fruit, and tiny square of decent chocolate, making it seem like a full meal.

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Things Fall Apart

Mark Coakley ECW Press ePub

Things Fall Apart

“Cops are parked outside and we went and removed the junk, eh.”

— Jeff DaSilva

In a big building on an industrial strip in St. Catharines, near Lake Ontario and a Canadian Tire outlet, Glenn Day did some construction work at a Dolic-funded grow op. The property was owned by a corporation controlled by Vincent DeRosa, and his brother Bob, who falsely claimed to co-own it, acted as landlord. The place was called Ssonix, after a waste-disposal company that rented most of the building. Bob had once owned the waste-disposal company, but, because of financial difficulties, had sold it to Vincent.

Soon after making rental arrangements with Bob DeRosa, Dolic, Freeman, DaSilva and Day went to St. Catharines, where Dolic explained what kind of grow up he wanted built. Freeman, who lived in nearby Niagara Falls with his wife and four daughters, was the “main guy on-site,” playing the same role at Ssonix that Robert Bleich had played at Molson. Unlike at the Molson plant, where electricity was paid for, DaSilva installed an electrical bypass at Ssonix and the plants fed on stolen power.

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The Funny Farm

Mark Coakley ECW Press ePub

The Funny Farm

“People were going wacko in there, that’s why we call it the funny farm … Too much time in closed doors, you know, they go woo-woo.”

— Jeff DaSilva

It was after his release from Millhaven in 2002 that Glenn Day got to know Dolic’s younger sister, Davorka Pelikan. In her late 30s, with three kids, “Dove” had once lived in Hamilton and now lived in Mississauga. Pelikan was not in good health. She used legal Percocet pills, which contained a mix of acetaminophen (a.k.a. Tylenol) and oxycodone, a powerful narcotic made from poppy flowers.

Oxycodone had been successfully (and falsely) marketed by Big Pharma as a safer painkiller than morphine or illegal drugs. Also called “hillbilly heroin,” for its disproportionate popularity in rural areas, oxycodone was very addictive, with side effects including nightmares, amnesia, nausea, itching and sweating. Overdoses were common in Canada, many of them fatal.

Nobody in the world has ever died of a cannabis overdose.

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