By Greg Sage
My introduction to Beauregarde and Pro Wrestling came one
Saturday night while flipping through the local Portland TV channels
in late 1969.
And here was this guy in a pirate costume spewing some of
the most brilliant insults to some unknown opponent.
This was my first wrestling experience and still the most memorable.
I saw pro wrestling more as theatrical comedy and chaos
than a sport from watching Beauregarde.
I would watch Portland Wrestling on Saturday nights from that time
on just to watch this character Beauregarde do his TV interviews.
He was a comic genius that no one yet has come close to matching.
Little did I know that within 6 weeks I would come face to face
with Beauregarde while sitting in (on guitar) for a friends band.
During a rehearsal Beauregarde came by to talk to the bands leader.
He watched me play for awhile, then told me I play like Jimi Hendrix
and I have to be on his album.
Being only 17 and never recorded before, only playing guitar
for a short time I was amazed to say the least.
How could I say no to a request like that.
In early 1970 I went to the studio with Beauregarde and we
recorded his LP in an afternoon.
The recording started off with a few problems.
The engineer had issues with my guitar style and ideas.
When I made a suggestion of how to mic my amp, he grabbed
me by the collar and dragged me to his office to show me
his framed certificates, and basically told me that
I did not know what I was talking about and he did.
Beauregarde came in and politely said "you don't need to put
your hands on my friend, you can deal with me".
Beau said "Greg knows what I want".
The engineer said to take a break and when we came back
we had a new engineer.
This was the only time I ever saw Beau get upset with anyone.
He was the most mellow and friendly person you would
The contrast between Beauregarde the wrestler and Beau
the person was a testament to his brilliance
and uniqueness as a performer and actor.
Beau never talked about wrestling, he was more interested
in music than anything else.
One of my best times was when I got to drive with Beau
to the Oregon State Penitentiary where we performed a show
[inside a wrestling ring] for the inmates on Thanksgiving 1971.
He asked me to go to Hawaii for 6 weeks and play club dates
that he had booked there.
If I was 18 I would have been able to go, and from the stories I heard
about his Hawaiian club dates it would have been a blast.
Beauregarde's wrestling interview segments were my primary
introduction to the sport.
Beau's interviews are still my measuring stick for all
Only a few have come close to reaching his level.
Anyone can cheat or do something dastardly to an opponent
to get the audience against them, but it takes a real keen wit
to enrage a crowd into chaos using only words.
In many ways, Beauregarde used his intellect as a form of arrogance.
This made for extremely funny stuff.
It was confusing that few people could see the humor
in the antics the character Beauregarde portrayed.
How can someone take something so hilarious
so seriously to the point of physical violence.
Once a person took off his prosthetic leg and started beating
Beauregarde over the head with it after his match.
Beauregarde paid dearly for his creativity back in the 70's.
He would often have his tires slashed after appearances.
There was often police at matches to protect wrestlers from
over zealous fans.
Beau was chased out of a town once by a bunch of angry
Oregon loggers who were shooting at him with shotguns.
There were even some territories who's promoters would
warn Beau that they could not insure his safety and well being
if he was to show up for a match.