So INCREDIBLE TO MEET THE HULK (no pun intended lol ok ok Maybe). In 1983 my dad brought home a giant box. He said it would change how we watched TV. Said it was a VHS VCR that he had purchased at Silo electronics. He said they had this program where you could rent vhs movies since they were $50-$100 to buy. We went to look at the 4 page printed list at the counter. Of the maybe 60 titles, we rented the movies TAKEDOWN (a wrestling movie) FASTBREAK (a basketball movie) and a movie called PUMPING IRON that a friend at work told him to get. In this movie Pumping Iron, it featured a guy named Arnold and the guy whos poster I had in my room. The incredible Hulk in a cage in the desert. My FAVORITE tv show. We watched the movie GLUED to the tv. At the end when Lou Ferrigno was announced THIRD? My father yelled words I shouldn't repeat. We had a saying in our house lol "biggers better". My dad was 6'6 and i was head and shoulders above most. That defining moment set the idea in my head that SOMEDAY I'd be onstage. AND the belief id rather be a crowd favorite than actual winner. Life got in the way until I turned 30 and i finally did take the stage and got the best of both worlds. I was a crowd favorite AND won. Yesterday I met Lou for the 2nd time. The first was in the '90s before my transformation. But this time was different. The compliments I received from the catalyst for me picking up weights in the first place was surreal. We talked for a long time and some fans caught some cool shots. When we got together people got pretty excited and everyone started taking pix. Definately an amazing moment in my life.
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