Ohio


If you watched either of these videos, which show an awesome parking lot fight that occurred in Parma, Ohio in 1989 between two high school students, or if you haven’t watched it, you may want to know the story behind it. I wrote about them earlier this week (being between the ending point and starting point of jobs is awesome). After a week, the person who posted them on Youtube returned my inquiry.

Here’s what he said:

Thanks for your interest…I had this video stored away on vhs for the longest time…lately, it seems like everyone has a fight on their video phone or digital camera…I thought I’d put it up cause its entertaining…Nothing to violent…This was in the days before internet and UFC. The tall dude Dan had the girlfriend named Tracy, who arrived with him in the car…The week earlier, the smaller dude Scott
was hitting on her…Dan found out and wanted to beat Scott’s ass…So he insisted that he meet him at McDonald’s…Well, Scott found out and instead of not showing up, much to our suprise he showed up..and went right for Dan when he pulled in…I don’t think Dan realized until that moment that Scott was not going to back down…This was both their first fight (As you can tell)
1989 Day Drive McDonlad’s in Parma.

 

Back then, having this on tape was great…we knew something might happen…and it did…put now its more comedy than anything compared to some of the brutal fights you see….oh well…hope that helps you out.

 

Thanks a lot, Cheeks, I was dying to know what the fight was about!

And so it begins: “McDonalds, the place”.

One of the greatest inventions to come from mankind in recent years is undoubtedly youtube. Certainly, it is the repository of many annoyingly unfunny videos , yet on youtube can be found unique and obscure videos that can enrich our lives and bring us to back to our past, connecting to us to our historical roots.

Two weeks ago, I stumbled across this video and it’s brother. Since finding both, I have been in a state of awe and amazement and have come back several times to show it to friends.

The videos do not have much description to them. Their contributor, who I have unsuccessfully tried to contact, purports that they are of a fight that took place in the Cleveland area in 1989. By the looks of it they are high school students. I would say that based upon their dress it is either late summer or late spring. The dress and vehicles in the video certainly indicate that it is the late 1980’s: Body Glove shirts, Astrovans and IROCs to name a few.

I believe that the two combatants are Rich and Dan, although upon multiple analysis, I can’t be too confident as I heard screams of “Get him, Scotty” also. Originally, I thought that the shorter fighter’s name was Rick Hoever, but it appears he’s one of the young men at the beginning of the video who introduce the fight and handicap it for the viewer.

So let’s get started.


The video begins with several high school students making predictions as to who would win in the fight, the Davidian Rich or the Goliath Dan, who according to them stands 6′-4″ and weighs 240.

We learn that Rich has a fighter’s heart and find comfort and inspiration in his underdog persona.

More analysis from area experts with great fashion sense follows…

…Sorta like Bob Costas and a little bit of Peter Gammons rolled up with some Bryant Gumbel, aye?

Our “protagonist” Rich makes his entry stage right Camaro ——>>>>> (more…)