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R.I.P., Captain Lou Albano

Posted by David Beard, Globe Staff  October 14, 2009 04:02 PM

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By Ben Collins, Globe Correspondent

So Mario died today.

Captain Lou Albano, who was Mario on Saturday Morning TV (and Cyndi Lauper's Dad in the video for "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,'' too) finally found the Princess in the Castle of the Sky today at 76.

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He was a wrestler and manager, too. I think that makes him 152 in wrestling years. That's is a pretty stellar run for a guy who was The Rock before The Rock, who broke out of the wrestling scene and onto Hollywood Squares in the '90 without anyone asking why.

He was so much a part of vernacular back in the late 80s, Globe sportswriting great Leigh Montville referenced him in a story about the Bruins in 1989:

"The result was surreal, to say the least, a change as crazy as something from the World Wrestling Federation, the lovely Elizabeth now sitting on a new shoulder, bad traded for good as easy as that, Captain Lou Albano, himself, treated at some strange laboratory and now putting money in the poor box. For once, the Bruins were the maligned and gentle sheepherders, just looking for a little grazing land. The Canadiens were the louts, heading toward the penalty box, one after another."

Of course, I have no idea what this means, and never will. Super Mario Brothers Super Show was so far on the fringe of my consciousness that I thought I dreamt the whole thing. It seems like some hazy, dreamy knockoff of a 90s reality -- two people who look like electricians stood in front of a green screen and took over custody of your kids' attention every Saturday morning.

But there's something that worked about Captain Lou, somehow, that made him so endearing.

And it's probably this song, or at least the last 40 seconds of it, when Captain Lou takes control of the mic. As usual.

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6 comments so far...
  1. Rest in peace. We all loved Captain Lou.

    Posted by racingphan October 14, 09 02:43 PM
  1. RIP Capt Lou! What did he have, rubber bands in his face or something right? He was cool back in the day. Couldn't understand a word he said.

    Posted by Nobobby October 14, 09 02:59 PM
  1. Another fond memory of my childhood as died. I absolutley loved watching this guy on Saturday mornings during wrestling! Back when it was appropriate for 9-15yo to watch. RIP Capt Lou!

    Posted by oldguy323 October 14, 09 03:03 PM
  1. RIP Captain Lou - Heard that the Wild Samoans and Baron Mikel Sicluna will be giving the Eulogy

    Posted by cam October 14, 09 03:08 PM
  1. captain lou albano passed away. youtube clip of him signing with nrbq

    Posted by mark October 14, 09 03:10 PM
  1. When I was in my early teens I wrote and edited a professional wresting magazine called "The Boston Ring News". Lou Albano was one of our first interviews. He was gracious but "in character" throughout (He was managing The Mongols at the time). He was a colorful characater to the nth degree with the gift of gab like no other. RIP, Captain Lou. You were truly a great showman..

    Posted by Alan Casso October 14, 09 03:13 PM

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