This is the story of me wrestling Hillary Clinton in the 1990 Baton Rouge City High School Wrestling Tournament and my subsequent service as a paratrooper in the first Gulf War of 1990-1991.

Simultaneously, this is the story of my grandfather and his 1990 funeral.

Hillary was a three-time state champion at 145 pounds and had beaten me 12 times in two years. My grandfather was Edward Grady Partin Senior, the Baton Rouge Teamster leader who collaborated with U.S. Attorney General Bobby Kennedy to send Jimmy Hoffa to prison in 1964 and was a suspect in the 1962 assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

As a spoiler: I don’t know where Hoffa’s body was hidden or who shot and killed Kennedy, and public records show that Hillary Clinton won our final match. But, I still think it’s an interesting story worth sharing.

Table of Contents:

Prologue

Part I

  1. JIP
  2. Rumors
  3. The Blood Feud
  4. The war on drugs
  5. Coach Dale Ketelsen
  6. Wrestling Hillary Clinton
  7. Late Night with David Letterman

Part II

  1. A part in war
  2. A part in peace
  3. LSU and Gravity waves

Part III

  1. Wendy’s Angel

Langiappe:

AT-4 and The Delta Dogs of Delta Company, Battallion, 82nd Airborne Division, United States Army, 1990-1991