I first met Scott Beatty about 15 years ago at AU Sports. After several years, Scott went to do some other business and I didn't see him for a few years (except for one random encounter at a July 4th celebration in Evanston a couple years back). A few months ago, Scott returned to AU.
As many of you know, former AU owner Steve Gold passed away earlier this year., but AU Sports will continue to be the best trading card and memorabilia store. Scott is running things and Dave Zeman is back. There is a nice buzz around the store.
While AU has had several great guests in for autograph signings, Scott ventured away from AU to Naperville to meet WWE Hall of Fame wrestler Joe Laurinaitis, also known as Animal, one-half of the Road Warriors. Joe is also the father of star linebacker James Laurinaitis of the St. Louis Rams.
Scott went to meet Laurinaitis, get his book signed and see a screening of the Road Warriors dvd. Laurinaitis was great, according to Scott. He was eager to pose for photos and to sign additional items (something which is often frowned upon, but is very appreciated by collectors).
Scott was pretty eager to meet Animal, too. In fact, I am pretty sure he was tempted to don the face paint and make a pitch to form the Road Warriors 2011. I am sure Scott could hold his own in the ring, but the real question is what ring name would he use? I am also sure his friends might have a few suggestions.
Scott is a good guy and I know he will do well with AU and longtime AU patrons are happy. To keep up with the happenings at AU, check out the AU Facebook page or stop in at the store.
Joe Laurinaitis and Scott Beatty in Naperville, IL-April 2011.