Just joined this community like five minutes ago. I had no idea there was a community devoted to Mr. Terry Bollea out here. Guess there is! Mad sweet deal.
Anyhoo, thought I'd share my experiences with you regarding the Hulkster for my first entry here. I didn't discover who Hulk Hogan was until around the end of 1983. I was seven years old at the time (I'm 25 today). My dad was always telling me about him, but since this was just prior to WWE's boom in popularity, I had no clue who he was talking about. My favorites then were "Mr. USA" Tony Atlas, Andre the Giant and Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka. Then one morning with my dad I watched the old CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING program, where the headlining match was a tag team attraction, The Wild Samoans (Afa & Sika) taking on Bob Backlund and...The Incredible Hulk Hogan. Of course Hulk's team won the match. About a month later Hulk's historic WWE Championship victory over The Iron Shiek occured, and soon enough I was a diehard Hulkamaniac, watching every match he was in on TV, buying any piece of Hulk Hogan merchandise I could grab, and basically living in a world colored red and yellow (and of course later on, black and white). My first live WWE event (June 22, 1985 in the Boston Garden) featured Hulk in the main event. I would throughout the ensuing years of my life get to meet the Hulkster on four different occasions (1987, 1990, 1997 and 2002). My family and me once had an oil painting of Hogan hanging in our living room. I've owned just about everything there is to own with Hulk's image on it over the years. Recently I had the good fortune of acquiring the much sought-after 1983 Japanese EP Hogan recorded for Warner Brothers in Japan. To sum it all up, there isn't a much bigger Hulkamaniac out there than I.
Oh, btw, one parting note for you all: on August 20, WWE Home Video is releasing a two-DVD set called HULK STILL RULES, with a second disc containing over FOUR HOURS of bonus material, including 15 of Hulk's most memorable matches. One of which will be his 1979 WWE debut, a match in Madison Square Garden against a pre-$$$ Ted DiBiase.
Alright, gotta bounce and get ready to go to ManRay (a nightclub in Cambridge, MA). One luv. Out!