Jesse Ventura, 1999 News

48, governor of Minnesota who was formerly known as boa-wearing professional wrestler “the Body,” gained political credibility as the Reform Party's highest-ranking elected official. Though Minnesotans think he's doing a fine job as governor, they don't consider him a role model. He got himself in trouble when he called organized religion a “sham and a crutch for weak-minded people” in the November issue of Playboy.

1999 People in the News