Friends of State of the Ozarks
by Joshua Heston
Having friends is mighty important. StateoftheOzarks is more than just a collection of various articles but rather a celebration of real people — and real endeavors!
The most important facet of the magazine is the opportunity to showcase the best of our friends, our neighbors, our families striving to make the world better through their contributions:
Farmers, artists, craftsmen, singers, music makers of any kind, and oh-so much more. Without ya’ll our world would be a very dry and boring place! And this section gives us a chance to share back.
So check out these amazing folks below. And you know what? It sure is good to have friends!
August 16, 2014
Barry “Mr. Saturday Night” Linduff gets national exposure on CMT’s new reality Show. Photo by 12EightyOne: Photography, Joplin, MO
Ozark Wrestler Barry Linduff Hits Broken Skull Challenge on CMT
(Joplin, MO) “It’s not hubris but I was in Hollywood! I knew it was my time and I belonged there!” notes Quapaw, Oklahoma native Barry Linduff. “Even as I worked with ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin — a guy I watched every Monday night since I was in high school — I knew if my competitors caught even the hint of fear I had already lost. They are like sharks.”
Linduff jumped into professional wrestling while still a teen and continued the sport — as “Mr. Saturday Night” — while attending Missouri Southern State University. “I didn’t want to peak in high school! I wanted to live without regrets,” he explains. “I managed to pay for college [through wrestling]. I was on the competitive cheerleading squad.
“I got hurt way worse in cheerleading than I ever did in wrestling. There’s a lot worse gravity with a 95-pound girl with sharp elbows coming down 20 feet than a 300-pound man landing on top of you!”
He graduated in 2000 with a degree in graphic communications and minors in both political science and marketing.
Driven over-achiever, dramatic entertainer and hard-working athlete, Linduff found employment with the Joplin Globe as a graphic artist for eight years before joining CDL Electric in Pittsburg, KS. He also married Ryan Tilton, a Webb City, Missouri teacher. “I’ve got a wonderful wife. She is molding the minds of kids and is used to dealing with juvenile humor so she is able to tolerate me on a daily basis!
“In so doing, we have a wonderful 18-month old baby who got her daddy’s stubborn nature and sometimes-bad attitude but her mama’s looks and brains!”
That stubborn nature and sometimes-bad attitude — along with dogged insistence on excellence — resulted in a Hollywood casting company pegging Linduff as a good fit for Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge reality TV show.
Described as the “ultimate badass competition show,” the Broken Skull Challenge pits eight elite athletes in head-to-head contests of strength, stamina and endurance, all under the coaching of “Stone Cold” Steve Austin.
“I want to make an impact on people,” furthers Linduff. “I want to entertain. But there’s no roadmap! I take it one day at a time. I make the best of every single day. I give my all — the hardest I know how — with what I’ve been given so I can live my life without regrets. When you know you’ve done that? You find true enlightenment.”
Linduff may be followed on his Genetic Perfection Twitter account and on Facebook as “Michael Barry - Mr. Saturday Night.” His CMT premier takes place August 31, 7PM CST.
August 10, 2014