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A personal request and a fantastic interview

Many of you might know that Vision Quest is the most well-known movie with wrestling as a focal point in its plot. What many might not know is that Vision Quest, starring Matthew Modine and Linda Fiorentio, was originally a coming-of-age book for young adults initially published in 1979.

The author, Terry Davis, penned it initially in 1976 and it went three years before being published. Davis recently retired from teaching after spending over 20 years as a professor of Creative Writing at Minnesota State University in Mankato, Minn.

Wrestling411 had a chance to interview Terry on Wednesday before our broadcast of the Minnesota State-Upper Iowa Dual.

I send this out to wrestling fans for two reasons.
1. Vision Quest was one of the best, if not the best, novel with a wrestling focus. While it’s not “about” wrestling, the sport plays a primary role. I find the book much more enjoyable than the movie for dozens of reasons, the Madonna “Crazy For You” song isn’t one of them.

2. Terry Davis was one of the most down to earth people I’ve ever met and had the pleasure to interview. This was a personal thrill. I had him sign my copy of Vision Quest, which was one of the best feelings I’ve had in wrestling. I’ve met numerous Olympians, National Champions and Hall of Famers, but having the opportunity to interview Terry was something that I have to rank as a one of the watershed moments in my career as a writer and as a broadcaster.

Do yourself a favor, buy the book … for yourself or for the wrestler or teenager in your life. It’s a good read even if you’re not in the age demographic, it’s something every wrestling fan should explore.

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Written by Jason Bryant

January 29, 2009 at 3:23 am