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Joe Jares, author and longtime L.A. sports writer, dies at 78

Joe Jares, author and longtime L.A. sports writer, dies at 78

Joe Jares set out in the early 1970s to write a book about pro wrestling, relying on both his reporting skills and his childhood memories.

His father was Frank Jares Sr., a villain in the sport’s early, black-and-white television heyday who fought as Brother Frank, the Mormon Mauler from Provo, Utah, and the Thing, among other aliases.

Jares spent a college summer traveling the postwar wrestling circuit, assisting his father and picking up tales that found their way into “Whatever Happened to Gorgeous George?”

The 1974 book, described in The Times’ review as a “tight, funny, no-holds-barred pop history of America’s favorite pop...

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