Friday, August 13, 2010

Autograph Tales:Joanie "Chyna" Laurer

Joanie Laurer is perhaps better known by the name Chyna, which she used during her time with the WWE. Laurer achieved a lot of success in wrestling and even some mainstream popularity. Unfortunately, she had some well-publicized troubles in her personal life.
I am happy to give Laurer some praise. Back when I ran an education program at Lerner Newspapers, I solicited memorabilia donations from many celebrities. Laurer responded quickly and generously.
Laurer sent a bunch of 8x10 autographed photos and a stack of various signed wrestling cards featuring her. It was one of the largest item donations we ever got for the program. The students loved getting "Chyna" stuff as awards.
I know Laurer has had her share of problems (some of which are self-inflicted), but I will always remember this gesture. Laurer really went above and beyond!
One of the signed cards Joanie Laurer donated in 2004.

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