Thursday, June 27, 2013
Remembering The Eternally Fabulous Jackie Fargo
Fanfest of 2009 in Charlotte, NC was surely one for the books. The Horsemen were reuniting. Loads of the greatest wrestling stars of all-time were going to be in one place. There was even a mini-Memphis wrestling reunion taking shape. Jerry Jarrett, Lance Russell, Dave Brown, and others who had spent time in Memphis (who really hasn't?) were all on the lineup, as were Jackie and Don Fargo. From the moment that the two entered the public areas of the convention, I think that everyone knew that new memories from some vintage classics were about to be made.
Although I caught a brief glimpse of Jackie Fargo visiting at the 2010 edition of Fanfest, I did not see him again. I did have the fortune to correspond with him via mail, in which that classic and very "Fabulous" charisma still came shining through. From signing great inscriptions on photos to using "To" and "From" Christmas labels on the envelopes (something that I will cherish forever), it seemed that despite getting on in years, Jackie was still the classic wrestling character that captivated so many fans throughout several decades.
Although we do have to let go, I'm having trouble using the term "Rest In Peace" when thinking of Mr. Fargo. It's hard to imagine an eternally energetic soul such as his even taking the time to rest when he can be entertaining the masses or visiting old friends and calling them "pally." As far as my own memories of the legend, I'll simply never forget his drawling introduction that humbly consisted of "Hi, I'm Jackie Fargo."
You sure were, Jackie Fargo. And there won't ever be another one, we can be sure of that. I don't think that there's anyone else quite "Fabulous" enough.