This is the first issue of WWF Magazine that I ever bought. Actually, my Dad bought it for me. It was 1988, I was 14 years old, and for the next ten years or so I would eagerly anticipate what I recall was the first Tuesday of every month so I could get my hands on the newest issue.
Eventually I would add Pro Wrestling Illustrated to my “Must Buy” list. In college, frequently my friend Alex and I would go to Shinder’s in Crystal, MN on New Wrestling Magazine Day. We would buy our OWN copies of WWF, WWF RAW, PWI, and depending on what articles were featured we would also get The Wrestler, Inside Wrestling and any others that caught our eyes. We would either go back to his house, Taco Bell, Arby’s or wherever and eat and read.
“Did you get to THIS article yet?”
“It’s pretty good.”
Now 38, I generally don’t buy wrestling magazines anymore. I spend enough money (a couple of PPVs a year, the winged eagle championship, putting together a 1988 Randy Savage costume for Halloween and Comic Con) and time actually watching wrestling and perusing websites like Prowrestling.net, PWTorch.com and 411 Wrestling in addition to listening to the excellent podcasts by John Pollack and Wai Ting of REVIEW-A-WAI to get my fill. I also spend plenty of time goofing around with my photoshop fun on CM Punk Is Not Impressed on FACEBOOK and TUMBLR.
So the new edition of WWE Magazine (June 2012) has short article on “Four Must-See WWE Tumblrs” with a couple of sentences on each…CM Punk Is Not Impressed is number 3 (and Mike Frankito’s Where’s Randy Savage? - also on FACEBOOK is number 1)!
I know a lot of people are probably thinking, “So what? Your goofy little hobby page got two sentences in a wrestling magazine.”
To be honest, that’s probably the correct response. But when you’re a passionate nerd and you get even the smallest recognition from the object of one of your obsessions…it’s pretty darn cool. I think Mike put it best when he said, “Pretty awesome feeling when what you’re a fan of is a fan of you.”
Thanks again to Mr. Michael Frankito and Mr. Ralph Apel for helping make this happen.
So now that cool things are happening that I never really thought would, I guess it’s about time I met Bill Murray.