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'George The Animal Steele' Writing Book About His Life

MADISON HEIGHTS (WWJ) - A Metro Detroit native who made it big in pro wrestling is writing a book about his life in and out of the ring.

Seventy-five-year-old Madison Heights native Jim Myers is better known to wrestling fans as "George The Animal Steele". Myers, who battled dyslexia, while juggling his daytime job as a teacher and coach, says he's still fond of the wrestling business, but one thing he doesn't miss is the travel.

"I wrestled, actually, 87 straight days without a day off," Myers said. "I flew nine straight days -- east coast, west coast, back and forth -- nine straight days; and those are time changes that are killing."

Steele was known for eating turnbuckles and for having a green tongue, which came about by accident when he had a Clorets mint before a match one night and fans ate it up.

"From that time on, George The Animal Steele had the best breath in all of wrestling."

Last fall, Madison High School has named its football field in honor of Myers. His book, "Animal," is due out this summer.

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