I must say that I do feel lucky to be able to attend events like Pubcon. To be around some of the smartest guys in the industry and learn from the best is an absolute treat. The best part though, is when a childhood hero makes an appearance at said show and you get to meet him. If you know me at all, you’ll know that I’m talking about the stylin’, profilin’, limousine riding, jet flying, kiss-stealing, space mountain ride giving, wheelin’ n’ dealin’ son of a gun known to one and all as Ric Flair.
I don’t get starstruck very often. I grew up in the Valley, so I’d see celebs all the time (everyone needs to buy groceries eventually). Eddie van Halen with Valerie and Wolfgang, Michael Richards, the entire cast of Melrose Place (the OG, not the new one), George Wendt, the Zappas, Dustin Hoffman, you get the idea. Ric Flair though, that’s an entirely different story.
I grew up watching WWF and NWA/WCW as a kid. WCW/NWA in the old days was so different than WWF and the only place you could see Ric Flair was on Superstation TBS. I loved to hate the Four Horsemen and getting to meet someone who I’ve watched for the last 30 years is completely freaking awesome.
As for the rest of the show, far more good than bad. They seem to have weeded out all the lazy ass presenters from a few years ago who would just recycle the same slide decks year after year while retaining some of the best in the biz (Eric Enge from Stone Temple and Bruce Clay to name a couple). I can’t say enough good things about Eric Enge’s one man show talking all things on page and off page SEO and I greatly enjoyed Helen Edwards from Wordstream discussing the proper way to create online ads with emotional appeal.
I do have to give a special shout out to The Hoth as well. Bringing Ric Flair to their booth was such a wonderful, random surprise. I will have to learn more about the company over the next couple days.