The title says it all. I love being a writer. And with The Hand of God’s continued success, it opens up more doors. This weekend is such an instance. This weekend, I’m in Houston, Texas for the Bustin for Autism charity event. I was thrilled when they told me they wanted me to attend. So I’m down there signing my book and donating all the profits to the charity.
Most of the talent at the event, bringing in the masses, are pro wrestlers from the Golden Age of the sport. And tonight, I got to have dinner with Sgt. Slaughter, the Honky Tonk Man, “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan, Gene Snitsky and Joey “The Italian Legend”. As a young boy, I became a fan of the old school “wrastlin” featuring Jerry Lawler, Tojo Yomamoto, Jeff Jarret and others. When Honky Tonk, Hacksaw and Sgt. Slaughter came on the scene, wrestling took off, creating superstars like Hulk Hogan and Macho Man Randy Savage.
Over steaks and some good Kentucky Bourbon, I got to spend an extended time talking to Sarge and Honky Tonk. From their early days in the business to more personal stories (Sarge’s first autograph came when he was 15 years old singing Beatles songs) from their youth. Over several hours they allowed me to bend their ears with questions I’m sure they’ve heard a thousand times, but which they answered with great patience.
And even just eavesdropping on their conversations on how the business works and what they are currently involved in was fascinating. It was hard not being a “fan boy” but in the end, I gave up and asked away and enjoyed the evening
I got to do this because I wrote a little book that could. Writing is something I enjoy doing. I love going to signings and meeting new people. This weekend, I’ve yet to sign a single book, but I’ve had a fantastic time. I can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings.