When It Was: My Life on Both Sides of the Camera


Only one biography contains photos of boxing legends, wrestling superstars, hall of fame athletes, Vegas icons, Oscar winners, two EGOTs, two Supreme Court Justices, three American Presidents, the leaders of Israel and Palestine, the Dhali Lama, and Tonya Harding. It’s the story of world-renowned photographer Scott Romer!

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For as long as he could remember, Scott Romer loved wrestling and photography. He was only a freshman in high school when he became business partners with the legendary Dick the Bruiser, selling photographs to the fans at Indiana wrestling shows. Romer’s passion for photography and the fights led him to become a wrestler, a manager, a boxer, a ring announcer, a mule, and so much more.

This is the story of a boy who turned a side hustle into a life-long adventure. It’s the story of a young man who became Dick the Bruiser’s son-in-law and the infamous manager Saul Creatchman. It’s the story of the most unlikely “heavyweight” fighter in Midwest boxing history. It’s the story of the man who exposed the infamous Onita stabbing angle and had a scary run-in with Israeli intelligence. It’s the story of a gifted photographer who has rubbed shoulders with presidents, heads of state, U.S. Supreme Court justices, Hall of Fame athletes, movie stars, and mobsters.

When It Was combines Scott Romer’s own narrative with hundreds of photos from his remarkable life. You’ll also read first hand stories told by long time friends including MMA Hall of Famer Monte Cox, wrestlers like Andrew Anderson and Dr. Jerry Graham, Jr., boxing promoter Fred Berns, international boxing star Johar Abu Lashin, legendary wrestler and trainer Rip Rogers, and GLOW/WOW creator David McLane, all of whom can validate Scott’s remarkable adventures.

This is a story for anyone who had a dream about making a living doing what you love. This is the story of Scott Romer, world renowned photographer, and his life on both sides of the camera.

Number of pages: 280.

Books are signed by Scott Romer and John Cosper.

Additional information

Weight 12 oz
Dimensions 9 × 6 × .65 in