It’s rare that I discuss the passing of a celebrity I’ve actually met because I meet so few, even at conventions. However, I was surprised to find a posting about former WWF favorite King Kong Bundy (born Christopher Pallies) passing away at age 61. As I said, I met him once during an event for local wrestling promotion Northeast Wrestling. That picture in place of the usual RIP photo isn’t me playing around. I went over to get his autograph and he offered to take a picture with me, so I did. Just before the photographer took it he surprised me by wrapping those big hands around my neck; not with a tight grip mind you and it was all in fun but that’s a legitimate look of surprise on my face. Despite being known as a heel wrestler he was actually a pretty cool guy. (Kayfabe can suck it by the way because I wouldn’t have had this memory with it in place.) My condolences to his family and friends.