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Walter 'Killer' Kowalski, wrestler and teacher; at 81

Walter ''Killer'' Kowalski fighting Dean Ho of Hawaii (on bottom). He lifted weights to train for wrestling after being told he was too weak for swimming. The pro wrestler's nickname belied his quiet, gentle personality as a philosopher and a vegetarian. Walter ''Killer'' Kowalski fighting Dean Ho of Hawaii (on bottom). He lifted weights to train for wrestling after being told he was too weak for swimming. The pro wrestler's nickname belied his quiet, gentle personality as a philosopher and a vegetarian. (Boston Garden Wrestling)
By Caitlin Castello
Globe Correspondent / August 31, 2008

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The night that legendary wrestler Walter "Tarzan" Kowalski became "Killer" Kowalski saw the fight that would launch his career. It was 1954 and Mr. Kowalski was fighting Yukon Eric at the Montreal Forum during a weekly match. As they slammed each other around the ring, Mr. Kowalski's shin met Yukon's ear, severing it from his head. (Full article: 871 words)

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