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JM: What did they do with the snake when you guys were on tour? Who was in charge of keeping track of it?

Jake Roberts: I was.

JM: You were? No kidding.

Jake Roberts: Yeah, I carried it from city to city, man. From airplane to airplane, lugging a hundred-pound snake along with my luggage; it really sucked. (Laughs)

JM: Wow.

Jake Roberts: I had to take it to the hotel room. Put it in the bathroom. And go into the bathroom at 4 o’clock in the morning, trying to use the restroom, and there’s a snake wrapped around the toilet coming at you. Oh, it was a real treat, man. (Laughs)

JM: It sounds like it. … Here’s the next thing I’m curious about. The DDT. One of the best finishing moves of all time. Whose idea was it for you to do the DDT?

Jake Roberts: I invented it, so it was mine.

JM: You invented it? How did that happen?

Jake Roberts: Yeah, it was an accident. I was in the ring wrestling. I had a front facelock on a guy. He stepped on my feet and we fell backwards. He went on his head. I went on my back. And the fans went “OOOOHH.” I went, “Wait a minute; I’ve got something here.” And I started working on it, and come with it, and named it after the poison that everybody outlawed. I picked up the paper one day, and the front page was “DDT outlawed.” I was like, “Wait a minute. Very cool.” They had … “DDT poison to the brain.” I said, “Way cool.”

-Niagara-Wheatfield Tribune