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THE ORIGIN OF THE SNAKE PIMP, PART 1
â€“ Dick Steinborn
May 11, 2008
Through my years on the road, I have come across great stories about how the boys ribbed each other with fascinating consequences.
While I was wrestling for Roy Shire in San Francisco, his TV show at that time was then being sent to Hawaii.
One of the local stars, Curtis Iaukea, a 6 foot-3 inch, 260 pound, barefooted grappler was chosen by Shire to appear on his live and taped
TV wrestling shows in the Bay City.
After a few round trips by Curtis to San Francisco, the boys found out that he arrived on a Saturday, two hours before the TV shows, and
departed that same evening at a little past midnight, heading back to the island.
On Cow Palace night (always a Monday), Curtis arrived at 5 pm at the San Francisco airport and left about 8-9 hours later, back to his
The key to this intended story and the rib is the fact that Curtis only carried an attachÃ© case. It contained shower shoes, wrestling trunks,
an athletic supporter, and a cheap airline soap bar he had picked up on the trip. His method of operation was constant. He was always
combing his long, black, shoulder length hair, keeping his comb in his Hawaiian shirt pocket.
There are two other wrestlers involved that will be identified in Part 2.
What occurred was these two big name stars dreamed up the rib to buy a small garden snake and place it in Curtisâ€™ attachÃ© case
once he was distracted on a Cow Palace night, as Curtis combed his hair in the bathroom mirror.
The facts are, and everyone knew, that there were no snakes in Hawaii. The locals imported the mongoose population, and had literally
cleared the island of Oahu of the reptiles.
It was either going to be an uproar at the customs declaration booth in Hawaii, or he gets caught in the San Francisco airport trying to
import a garter snake onto the big island.
And so, on a Cow Palace show, the two wrestlers drove to Chinatown at about 2 oâ€™clock in the afternoon and went to a snake store.
They decided on a 12-inch, harmless local garden snake. It was a delicacy in Chinatown, but now was a prop in a rib on a local Hawaiian
They put the snake in a bag and retired to the new 98 Oldsmobile, purchased by one of the culprits. The two went bowling. Upon
returning to the car, they found themselves double-crossed by the snake.