15 Nov

The last blog I posted I focused on Jimmy Hoffa because the news came up with more information about his disappearance. This one is about the movie Federation of Interstate Truckers, (F.I.S.T.) which was thought to be a crime drama about the life of Hoffa. 

The internet movie data base or IMBD description of the plot is, A rebellious Cleveland warehouse worker rises through the ranks of a trucking industry union to become union president. His organized crime links cause his eventual downfall. According to Jimmy’s biography, it is exactly the way he started out. 

Storyline: Johnny Kovak joins the Teamsters trade-union in a local chapter in the 1930s and works his way up in the organization. As he climbs higher and higher, his methods become more ruthless and finally senator Madison starts a campaign to find the truth about the alleged connections with the Mob. 

Silvester Stallone played Johnny Kovac, the man who fought the rich, helped the working man and became a hero. In the movie’s description, they wrote the movie was loosely based on Hoffa’s life. Not loosely at all, it almost exactly depicted his life from beginning to end. F.I.S.T. showed the desperation of the blue-collar worker seeking fair pay and better working conditions. 

It was a violent time, and many people were hurt, killed, or jailed for their quest. The movie shows exactly that. Jimmy Hoffa’s autobiography, he wrote he had nothing to do with the mob. We know better. In the end Johnny disappears and a closing shot shows a bumper sticker reading, “Where’s Johnny?” The disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa will most probably remain a mystery. Where’s Jimmy? If you liked this blog, then you will love the book, Secrets of the Mob-The Men and their Methods.

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