interesting connection btw GAME of THRONES & ROCKY

Game of Thrones and Rocky are both some of the greatest stories of our modern era

 

and they both have their roots in a gritty, blue collar port town of Bayonne, New Jersey

 

the streets, ships, and Hudson River in Bayonne were direct influences to George RR
Martin's imaginative writing

 

 

 

 

George Raymond Martin (he later adopted the confirmation name Richard, at thirteen years old)[6] was born on September 20, 1948,[7] in Bayonne, New Jersey,[8] the son of longshoreman Raymond Collins Martin and his wife Margaret Brady Martin. He has two younger sisters, Darleen and Janet. Martin's father was of half Italian descent, while his mother was of half Irish ancestry;[9] he also has German, English, and French roots. The family first lived in a house on Broadway, belonging to Martin's great-grandmother. In 1953, they moved to a federal housing project near the Bayonne docks. During Martin's childhood, his world consisted predominantly of "First Street to Fifth Street", between his grade school and his home; this limited world made him want to travel and experience other places, but the only way of doing so was through his imagination, so he became a voracious reader. When Martin's family moved to a larger apartment after his sister was born, he also had a view of the waters of the Kill van Kull, where freighters and oil tankers flying flags from distant countries were entering and leaving Port Newark. He had an encyclopedia with a list of flags, and when using it to figure out where the ships came from, he would find himself dreaming of traveling to these remote locations. After the sun went down, the lights from Staten Island would shine across the water, which in his imagination was Shangri-La and "Shanghai and Paris, Timbuctoo and Kalamazoo, Marsport and Trantor, and all the other places that I'd never been and could never hope to go

Chuck Wepner was the inspiration for ROCKY

raised in Bayonne, NJ, known as the "Bayonne Bleeder"

 

 

Wepner was born in New York City, New York, the son of Dolores (Hrynko) and Charles William Wepner.[3][4] He is of German, Ukrainian, and Belorussian descent.[5] Nicknamed "The Bayonne Bleeder," he debuted as a professional boxer in 1964 and began posting many wins and some losses. He had formerly boxed while a member of the United States Marine Corps, and had worked as a bouncer before turning pro.[6] He was the New Jersey State Heavyweight Boxing Champion and popular fighter in the Northeast's Club Boxing circuit. But after losing fights to George Foreman (by knockout in three) and Sonny Liston (by knockout in ten) many boxing fans thought that his days as a contender were numbered. After the fight with Liston, Wepner needed 72 stitches in his face.[citation needed]However, after losing to Joe Bugner by a knockout in three in England, Wepner won nine of his next eleven fights, including victories over Charlie Polite and former WBA Heavyweight champion Ernie TerrelCharles "Chuck" Wepner (born February 26, 1939) is an American former professional boxer who fought at heavyweight.[1][2] As a world ranked contender he almost went fifteen rounds with world heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali in a 1975 title fight, though Wepner was throwing numerous rabbit punches to the head of Ali. Ali, infuriated by Wepner's act started doing the same. The referee ignored many of the fouls committed by Wepner, but warned Ali to stop throwing rabbit punches. Ali later described the referee as "dirty". Wepner scored notable wins over Randy Neumann and Ernie Terrell.Sylvester Stallone watched Wepner's fight against Ali and shortly afterwards wrote the script for Rocky, but Stallone subsequently denied that Wepner provided any inspiration for the movie.[19][20] Wepner filed a lawsuit which was eventually settled with Stallone for an undisclosed amount.[20]It is speculated that the 1982 film Rocky III was influenced by his fight against Andre the Giant, as the movie features a match versus wrestler Hulk Hogan as "Thunderlips", who throws Rocky out of the ring.[19][21][2