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John Capouya, photo by Suzanne Williamson

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John Capouya is a professor of journalism and writing at the University of Tampa. He was formerly an editor at Newsweek, The New York Times, SmartMoney magazine and New York Newsday, among other publications. Though he has also been a sports writer, covering pro basketball, he knew nothing of wrestling and didn’t see his first pro match until he became intrigued by the story of Gorgeous George.

Capouya’s previous book was Real Men Do Yoga (HCI Books, 2003), and his most recent magazine work appeared in Sports Illustrated—an essay about Gorgeous George’s enduring impact on today’s athletes—and Travel & Leisure (reporting on a yoga cruise to the Caribbean). He and his wife, the artist and photo editor Suzanne Williamson, live in Tampa and in New York City.

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