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ERIC KARROS

RUDY GALINDO

RIK SMITS

DON MATTINGLY

Friday, January 21, 2005

DAVE FESCHUK 4 

From: Shane
To: Dave Feschuk
Date: 3/3/2004
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(message)
I'll assume from your latest response that I've left you speechless. I did think I made some compelling points, but I certainly didn't think I made that good a case.

-Shane


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(reply)
Yes... I thought I hit that button...
Anyhow, sorry about that.
Obviously, as a columnist, you always care what the readers think. You've got to write to an audience, and while it's true you can't please everyone every time, you do your best.

All I can say is this: It's a long season. There's more to be written. Readers like you, who care enough to share your thoughts, have always been one of the many factors I consider when I decide what to write and when.

So thanks again,
DF



DAVE FESCHUK 3 

From: Shane
To: Dave Feschuk
Date: 3/2/2004
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Yes, Heaven Is A Playground is an excellent basketball book, I'm glad to hear you've read it. I can appreciate the fact that you have one boss
who lets you know how you're doing; most working people are in the same boat.
However, I would think you'd also be somewhat concerned about what your readers think. I'm a Star subscriber; if I cancel my subscription because I don't like your endless Rap bashing, are you still doing OK?

I have no access to the inner workings of the Raptors, but I can guess the
mismanagement you mention refers to Grunwald. But the heartlessness, who are you referring to there? I like the fact that you laud Ainge in your last article for "having the nerve to pull the trigger". There must be a difference in your mind between the Raptors making a trade and other NBA teams, because Grunwald has never been shy in making trades. Do you know any Celtics fans? I do, and they certainly don't admire his recent moves.

So do you advocate an Ainge style sweep for the Raps? Would you be in favour of someone coming in, trading Carter and starting from scratch? Despite reading your column all season, I have no idea what you're in favour of or how you think they can improve the team. Perhaps you should "have the nerve" to propose some solutions to the Raptors many problems.

Your basketball pal,

-Shane


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(reply)


(Yes, he sent back a blank reply)


DAVE FESCHUK 2 

From: Shane
To: Dave Feschuk
Date: 2/27/2004
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Feschuk,

I thank you for your reply, and I also thank you for smugly owning up to your failures in writing interesting copy. The fact that you value my opinion to such an extent that you want me to recommend writers for you to pattern your game after is quite flattering. However, I really don't have the time to come up with an exhaustive list. I will give you one, Rick Telander of the Chicago Sun-Times. At least I get the feeling that he likes basketball when he writes about the game.

I should mention that your column yesterday did reinforce the point I was
making. You wrote a column detailing how tough Alvin is for playing through
his various injuries, which I have no issue with. However, it seems the main point of your article was to attack Vince's lack of heart and insinuate that he doesn't care about the team because he was smiling on the bench.

Very original concept, haven't heard that much over the last couple years. I'm surprised you didn't mention the bit about him dancing at the Nelly concert a couple years ago.

You also managed to get another Grunwald shot in there ("Grunwald's lame-duck contract status"), nice work. You may think I'm just another Toronto homer upset because you're taking shots at my team, but I think I've made some valid points. I'm a basketball fan first and foremost, and I'd like to see the coverage here improve.

Your biggest fan,

-Shane


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Yeah, Telander's a legend. Heaven is a Playground is incomparable as hoop lit goes.
I appreciate what you're saying about my stuff, but don't get me wrong: I've only got one boss, and until he tells me he's not happy, I assume I'm doing OK.

The tone of my pieces would be different if the performances of the key people were worthy of more respect. I can't manufacture enthusiasm for mismanagement and heartlessness.

Best,
DF


DAVE FESCHUK 

From: Shane
To: Dave Feschuk (Toronto Star Basketball "Columnist")
Date: 2/24/2004
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Dear Feschuk,

After discussing the failures of your basketball writing with my colleagues
over and over again during this current NBA campaign, I have decided to
finally share my thoughts with you. The main thought I have is this: like
the man who tortures your every waking moment, Glen Grunwald, you need to
go. Just as Glen has run out of ideas to improve Toronto's NBA franchise,
you have run out of ideas in your attempt to cover said franchise.

You've re-visited the same topics to such an extent that we can conduct a
Raptors Q & A session without your participation:

Q: Does Dave Feschuk like the Raptors roster?
A: No, he certainly doesn't.

Q: Does he think Vince has the heart required to lead the team?
A: Nay.

Q: Does Dave think MLSE chairman Richard Peddie will make the right moves
for the Raps future?
A: He doesn't think it's likely.

Q: Does Feschuk think the Grunwald can right this basketball Titanic headed
straight into the ice?
A: Please, that is laughable.

Q: Does Mr. Feschuk like anything about the Raptors?
A: Chris Bosh, because Beelzebub Grunwald and his minions haven't ruined him
yet. (Although according to a recent column, they're trying!)

I guess it could bring you some measure of satisfaction that your words are
seared into the minds of your readers like they were written on a branding
iron. However, I think the saying "familiarity breeds contempt" applies
here. Your act has gotten old, and not just amongst my clique. A quick
scan of the internet tells me there are a number of fans out there who feel
the same:

"Take a look at the Raptors writer Dave Feschuk...have you read ANY positive
articles from him, ever? "

"Once in a while we find a piece written by someone so out of touch you'd
think they were an NDP strategist. Say hello to Dave Feschuk, former
columnist for the National Post who somehow now writes for the Toronto
Star."

These are but a couple of the fans whose feathers you've ruffled with your
columns. That is something you might need to take note of, they are fans -
they watch the games and they know when the team is sucking. They don't
need basketball expert Dave Feschuk to tell them how long and hard they are
sucking and who is responsible for them sucking on a daily basis. If you do
indeed like team sports and are not just filling the time between tennis
tournaments, I would think you'd be aware of the dynamics around rooting for
a team. People want to read interesting (and varied) stories about the
squad they cheer for, not day after day of your conspiracy theories
detailing how they became the laughing stock of the entire sporting world.

I realize it's your job to express your opinion in the things you write and
I respect your right to do so. However, I would think you'd realize that
re-hashing the same opinion in all of your articles would lead to some very
boring reading. So shape up or ship out captain.

Your pal and basketball fan,

-Shane


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Dear Sir:
Thanks for the email.
As I strive, and clearly fail, to write interesting copy every time out, I'd be interested to hear the writers whose work you find interesting.

If you could help out a struggling hack with a list of your hoops-wise Hemingways, I'd be appreciative.
Best,
DF


BODY BREAK 

From: Mario
To: Body Break
Date: 2/21/2002
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Hi Hal, I think you are in great shape. How do you do it? I'm a Greek sauce who eats 3 or 4 donairs a day. At first I put on no weight but I have since ballooned. I play some sports, got any tips?
Thanks, stay in shape!


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The key to getting into shape is exercising within your target heart rate zone (running, brisk walking or cycling) , lifting weights and eating healthy (smaller portions, a variety of lower fat foods). I'm sure you can appreciate that there's alot to say about getting fit so we had to write a book. It's available on our website. Also I'd suggest ou go to your local library to learn more or check out your bookstore for books and mazagines.
Joanne
Body Break



CJ NITKOWSKI 

From: Shane
To: CJ Nitkowski
Date: 2/21/2002
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Hi CJ,
I'm a big Tigers fan and like your site a lot. Quick question for you: Do you think 25 is too old to think about a pro baseball career? I've come to the game late, but I'm tearing up the slow-pitch league I play in (hitting .376!). What do you think? Thanks,
-Shane


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If you are in slow pitch it is probably too late. If you can make solid contact on a 90 mph fastball an 85 mph slider and a 80 mph curveball then you may have a chance.
Good luck,
CJ



ERIC KARROS 

From: Mario
To: Eric Karros
Date: 2/21/2002
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Hi I'm a huge Dodgers fan and I have a burning question. I'm from Greece and need to know the story on Eric Karros. He is Greek is he not? Can you please give me that background on him. If he's Greek you guys should have a Greek night at the stadium (ouzo, tavli etc...) So please help out a fan, thank-you.


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Thank you for writing the Los Angeles Dodgers.
I checked our Media Guide for you, but it doesn't give any confirmation about your question, one way or the other, actually.



RUDY GALINDO 

From: Mario
To: Rudy Galindo
Date: 2/21/2002
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Rudy is such a hip Ice Dancer, but why? How does she have such flair and grace? Shee's like a ballerina displaying grace and beauty. Hoe did she get to the level she is at today? Was it a difficult road for her?


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Rudy was probably born knowing how to dance--and possessing flair. He took ballet for many years to enhance his natural talent. Although he had a huge amount of talent from the time he first skated (at around age 6), disciplining and refining the skating part required hours, days, years of work. It continues to demand constant training and practice.
He has always loved skating, and it has often been his refuge from the "difficult road" part, much of which had little to do with skating.



RIK SMITS 

From: Mario
To: Rik Smits
Date: 2/21/2002
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Hi Rik, I'm a huge fan, I miss seeing you in the NBA. What are you doing now, ever think of playing in Greece? You would totally fit in, it's your style of basketball.
Thanks, margreek@hotmail.com


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i send your email to rik, but he told me a couple of months ago that he was finished...



DON MATTINGLY 

From: Mario
To: Don Mattingly
Date: 2/21/2002
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Hi Don, I've been a huge fan of yours for years. Little did I realize that another favorite player of mine wore number 23, Michael Jordan. Now, I'm trying to figure out who my favorite number 23 is, since you both wore the number can you tell me when you started wearing it (year if possible) so I may declare my favorite #23 athelete.
Thanks,
margreek@hotmail.com


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I'm sorry for this automated response, but I just wanted to let you know that your email message got to me properly. I get a lot of email, so it does take time for me to read all the letters and rest assured, every letter is read. I'm not able to respond personally to every message, but I do try to answer quite a few and some of those, I post on the website in the Ask Don section. My friends and fans mean a lot to me, so I want to make sure we run a top notch website here for you to enjoy. My friend, Gary Barr, is my webmaster for the site. If you ever have questions concerning the website itself, or other operations questions, please feel free to email Gary at garybarr@don-mattingly.com and he will help you out. Thanks again for writing and visiting my website. I do greatly appreciate all the support that everyone has given my family over the years. We have a lot of great things coming down the road, so I am very happy to share them with you here.
Best Wishes,
Don Mattingly
http://www.don-mattingly.com
P.S. Go Yankees!



GRAND PRIX WRESTLING 

From: Mario
To: Grand Prix Wrestling
Date: 2/21/2002
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I love the Grand Prix. I would love to be able to have an interview with one or more of your wrestlers. I am a gr12 student working on a project, I hope I can do it over the summer.
Thanks, margreek@hotmail.com
p.s. How do I join Grand Prix wrestling?


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Thank you for your support and to answer your question ,next time Grand Prix Wrestling comes to your town try to get a hold of the promoters Mike Zink and Emile Dupre, they'll answer all your questions
World Grand Prix Wrestling



USA BASKETBALL 

From: Mario
To: USA Basketball
Date: 2/21/2002
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I am a true american citizen I am 10 years old and dream of representing my country at the olympics in basketball. But, my dad told me that you guys only take NBA players and to just give up because I will never make it to the NBA. Is this true? Any help for me?
Thank, you,
margreek@hotmail.com


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Dear USA Basketball Fan:
Thank you for your interest in USA Basketball. The players who make up the U.S. Men's Olympic Basketball Team are among the best players in the nation, they have to be because they take on the best in the world! That said, because the best players in the country are found in the NBA, the last three Olympic squads have been comprised mainly of NBA players. I don't know if anyone can truly tell whether a 10-year-old will become an NBA player, or the president of the United States. Your future is yours to build. Look towrads your dreams and never stop studying, practicing and thinking about the future. Also remember that only a small percentage of people in the USA are actually competing in the NBA. There are other ways to make it to the Olympics - as the Olympic team doctor, Olympic team athletic trainer or Olympic team press officer. So keep striving to be your best!



TORONTO ARGONAUTS 

From: Mario
To: Toronto Argonauts
Date: 2/21/2002
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Big Argo's fan. But what's the deal, a little slow of the gate the past few years. I want you boys to win. There is a large group of Argo's fans on the East Coast, what can I do to maintain their support, you guys do tend to ignore us out here.
Thanks


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Thanks for you email. I hope that we do a lot better this year. In total 17 of our 18 games are on tv this year which should make it much easier to follow us. If you have any ideas regarding maintaining support let me know
Jeff Giles President



NICOLE BASS 

From: Mario
To: Nicole Bass
Date: 2/21/2002
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Hey Nicole,
I love ya, you are a great talent. What are you up to? Any plans to be on Howard Stern again or any wrestling appearances. You have a fantastic body and you are very hot, talk to you soon.
margreek@hotmail.com


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Will apear on Howard Stern soon within the next week to promote XPW and the Bondage tapes I did for them.
nicole



THE CFL 

From: Mario
To: The CFL
Date: 2/21/2002
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Dear CFL,
Love your product, keep it up! I understand that the CFL may expand, possibly Quebec City or Ottawa, any plans to come up my way to Nunavut?


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Yes the CFL is looking at expanding within Canada in the near future. Ottawa in 2001 is definitely one of our main goals. Other Canadian cities in the future will also be looked at closely. I guess anywhere is possible.
Jeff Dominic,
Communications Coordinator
CFL



MONCTON WILDCATS 

From: Mario
To: Moncton Wildcats
Date: 2/21/2002
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I'm coming to the season finale game between your loser team and the Halifax Mooseheads, is it ok if I come dressed up in a big Moose costum, about 10 feet high? I'll be in the last row of the coliseum so I won't be blocking anyones view.


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Mario
I would say a 10ft moose is a little big and may block the view of fans sitting to your sides and standing along the back. We encourage fans, whether your moosehead fans or Cat fans, to enjoy the game and if you choose to dress up all the better. However, I would have to say that your costume sounds a little too big and I'd recommend that you don't wear it



LONDON WASPS RFC 

From: Mario
To: London Wasps RFC
Date: 2/21/2002
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Hey QPR, I'm from Canada and a huge fan. I've been following you for years, you guys are the bomb! as we say in these parts. I was wondering if you ever heard of H.I.S.A, one of the top Greek-Canadian football teams in this country?
Thanks and keep the wins coming,
margreek@hotmail.com


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(reply)
Thanks for your feedback.
Personally I haven't heard of them, but then I am not a big expert on Greek-Canadian football!
Regards,
Jim



GEORGE FOREMAN 

From: Mario
To: George Foreman
Date: 2/21/2002
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George, you are quite a character, you are very funny and make me laugh, you're great! I have a quick question, I love your George Forman grill, it is great as well. My question is that I am an avid hunter and we hunt moose up here. I need a bigger grill so that I can grill-up some of my moose meat, how big do the grills come in, and are there plans for a big mother grill, for those big slabs of meat?
Thanks, your pal, margreek@hotmail.com


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We have a few sizes; but Moose? You might have me; I would really love to taste that meat.
Thanks,
George Foreman



KURT ANGLE 

From: Mario
To: Kurt Angle
Date: 2/21/2002
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Hey Kurt, how are you? I'm a huge fan from Greece, you are very popular here, any plans to drop on by for a visit. Since you did start out as a greco roman wrestler and did participate in the olympics, all started by us Greeks, I think you owe us something. You did go to England and those guys are losers. So all I have left to say is that you are a true Olympic Hero, and since the Olympics are universal, to me you are the "World Hero". Keep up the great work, love to hear from you,
margreek@hotmail.com


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Mario,
Hello!
Hi, Tim Reilly here from T. Reilly Clothing Company. I noticed that you are a professional wrestling fan. I just wanted to drop you a quick shout introducing my company. T. Reilly Clothing Company provides the hottest new clothing for many professional wrestlers and athletes. Every week, you can see the WWF's Matt and Jeff Hardy (The Hardy Boyz) wearing T. Reilly shirts. T. Reilly is worn by many WWF and WCW wrestlers each week. Being a true wrestling fan, I would like to extend a great Christmas offer to you. I have a fresh stock of NEW HARDY BOYZ TEE SHIRTS! I am offering a FREE BELT ($29 value) with every Tee Shirt order. Yes, that is a $29 value - FREE! That's right, a Hardy Tee and a Hardy Belt for one price!! Click the link below to see the unbelievable offer. Hurry, the offer ends soon! This is a great Christmas gift and the shirts are GUARANTEED IN STOCK for immediate delivery (2-3 days USA). Hurry - offer ends 12-29-00. You still have time for Christmas delivery. NEW HARDY BOYZ TEE SHIRT WITH FREE HARDYZ BELT OFFER (CLICK HERE) In addition, please visit our website at www.treilly.com to view the entire T. Reilly Fall/Winter collection. Thank you for your time. Happy Holiday!
Sincerely, Tim Reilly
T. Reilly Clothing Company


DOUG BRIEN 

From: Shane
To: Doug Brien
Date: 2/21/2002
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I'm a huge Saints fan and was really pleased to find your site. It's looking great. I have a question for you. I have a really strong leg and think I could make a go of it as a kicker. I'm 25, and I wonder if that's too old to start a career as a kicker? If not, how should one start to develop proper kicking techniques?
Thanks for your time, and keep knocking them through the uprights for the Saints!Shane


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it's not being 25 that hurts you rather the lack of a college career to prove yourself. The NFL wants to see success at a lower level.
good luck!
doug



RON POWLUS 

From: Mario
To: Ron Powlus
Date: 2/21/2002
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Ron, I've been following you since your early days, I'm a big fan. I'll be visiting Europe for a year soon, and I'd like to see you play. Who do you play for and can you get me some tickets?


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Ron is playing for the Amsterdam Admirals. I'm not in direct contact with him, so I don't think he could get you any tickets.
Jeremy



KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR 

From: Mario
To: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Date: 2/21/2002
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Hi Kareem, I'm a huge fan, I think you were the greatest center to ever play the game. As well you are one of my favorite actors, you were great in "Airplane" and that Bruce Lee movie. What advive would you have for me, a Greek b-ball player trying to make it in a tall man's game, but alas I only stand 5"11. Can a guy of my stature be effective? Would the sky-hook work for me? Please share your insight, thanks, a fan always,
margreek@hotmail.com


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Hi, this is Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
Thank you for your email. I appreciate your comments, however because I am inundated with so many emails it is impossible to respond to each message personally.
Thanks Again,
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar



JEFF GORDON 

From: Mario
To: Jeff Gordon
Date: 2/21/2002
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Hey Jeff, you are great. I hope you can help me. Your name containes 2 first names, "Jeff" and "Gordon". I to have 2 first names, "Jim" and my last name is "Gaylord". Kind of a little bond we have wouldn't you say? Anyway, my question is, when you coming to Canada you big loser?
Big Canadian fan, margreek@hotmail.com


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Thank you for contacting us at fanclub@jeffgordon.com I help to coordinate Jeff's fan club, however, I do not know when Jeff will be visiting Canada.
Thank you for your support and enthusiasm of Jeff Gordon!
Josie Muccio
Jeff Gordon Fan Club
Personal Services Division



GREG LOUGANIS 

From: Mario
To: Greg Louganis
Date: 2/21/2002
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Hi Greg, you are a great diver/Aids/Gay activist. I loved watching you in the Olympics. My question is, what's the story, are you Greek or where you adopted by Greeks? I have heard both stories and I was just curious, thank you my friend,
margreek@hotmail.com


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I was adopted by Greek Father Scotch-Irish Mother. Hope this helps. Take care.
Greg



ROB VAN DAM 

From: Mario
To: Rob Van Dam
Date: 2/21/2002
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Hey Rob what's up? When did you become Mr Pay Per View? I heard that Oscar De La Hoya was calling himself Mr. PPV. You are truly Mr.PPV, here in Greece I'm called Mr PPV, but we have never had one yet so no one really understands what I'm refering to, anyway all the best and kick some ECW ass!
Peace, margreek@hotmail.com


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(reply)
You got it, from Mr Pay Par View(Oscar who?)
Rob Van Dam



DAWN MARIE 

From: Mario
To: Dawn Marie (ECW Valet)
Date: 2/21/2002
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Dawn Marie, you are so hot! I was wondering if you are Greek? Your name surely indicates that. Do you speak Greek? What do you think of there being a Greek-themed wrestler? Love you!
margreek@hotmail.com


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HI.... yes I am Greek. No, I don't speak it. I am second generations here.. My family never taught me.
Dawn Marie



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