Being in the NYT has to be a huge honor for Meltzer, I would guess.
"In World of Wrestling, Trying to Keep It Real
Dave Meltzer, who began watching professional wrestling at age 9, has been putting out The Wrestling Observer as a weekly since 1986. By JAKE ROSSEN Published: May 14, 2013
Dave Meltzer was gravely ill, but the phone would not stop ringing. It was December 1993, and someone had circulated the number of the hospital where Meltzer was being treated for a ruptured appendix, the delayed diagnosis of which had caused a life-threatening abdominal inflammation.
The professional wrestlers he often wrote about called to wish him well. Several would then launch into trade talk or gossip, which a fevered Meltzer would dutifully record.
“For 16 days,” he recalled, “I sat there with my notebook, waiting to go home and write.”
Damn, that sucks. Hashimoto was one of the first puro wrestlers I really got into and enjoyed his work. I mean he wasn't roided up or a muscle head, but he kicked ass, I liked that about him. It's a damn shame to read about that. R.I.P. Hashimoto