The hairy, mysterious “Jungle Boy”
Above is a photo of the 1950s-era wrestler known as “Jungle Boy,” vividly introduced by reporter Don Snyder:
The night has a thousand eyes. They glow like burning coals full of hate, blood, vinegar, old lemon juice and cigar smog. From their darkened sanctuaries they peer maliciously at the snarling figure before them.
For out there, on the white square where central lights beam down on the rope-caged canvas lurks the hairy horror. He is Jungle Boy, wrestler at large.
Small children sneer at him. Big men jeer at him. Medium-sized women leer at him. All other sized fans sneer, jeer and leer at him simultaneously.
It is one madhouse of screams inside the Olympic emporium. It is so noisy the barking crackerjacks man cannot put over his bargains.
The photo eventually won first place in an Associated Press contest for California and Nevada, but despite the acclaim, Jungle Boy’s identity remains unknown.
Photo: Art Rogers / Los Angeles Times