I met a bunch of Pro Bodybuilders at the Arnold of 09' and I had a great experience with almost all of them.
Some of the best: Mark Alvisi, Flex Lewis, Marcus Haley, Dexter (he was actually really nice to me),
Not so great: Toney Freeman. I took it with a grain of salt though, cause he was contest dieted.
THE WORST: FRANK ZANE.
I totally looked up to this guy, he was actually one of the reasons I took up bodybuilding. It was such an inspiration to see his sort of physique get so much praise, and do so well. But I digress. I went up to his booth, that was almost completely empty, really exuberant to finally be meeting one of my greatest heroes. I walk up to him and say with my hand out for a handshake "Hi Mr. Zane, so great to finally meet you! Do you mind if I get a picture with you?" Without even looking at me in the eye, nor shaking my hand, he just passively said "Gotta buy somethin first.". I was crushed.
I completely understand meeting a pro is a two way street, and that they just like normal people are trying to make an honest dollar. But the way he handled the situation made me feel just awful. Keep in mind, im not a stingy person AT ALL. I've bought one of his books, and magazines he was featured in, so there's no doubt I would have bought something that day as well. But the way he went about his business just made me leave that day, no longer a Zane fan.
There was literally NO ONE at his booth, he could have at least taken the time to shake my hand and say Hi. If he had done that much, I probably would have bought something. What a miserly old prick.
A co-worker of mine was a huge fan of Marcus Ruhl for years and he went to meet him this past olympia and he said Marcus was a dick. He told me he went up to marcus and said " hey marcus im a huge fan, can i get a picture with you?" and marcus simply said " im busy right now and looked away"... i couldnt beleive it.
I was thinking about how uncool some pro's are and i thought to myself " if i was a pro, i wouldnt be like that"... But then you put yourself in their situation and you feel like you're dying because your so depleted... your standing in a booth and people are asking you the exact same question 100 times a day every day your at an event for years and years... i would be tired of elaborating on answers to the questions they ask me... but i dunno.
Fucking hell PistolPete that's terrible. Sorry man. That would definitely put me down too. That's just cold.
LOL! And what's this about Sergio Oliva being rude to white people? I should go fucking meet him. But he's an old guy. When you get old, you just get very, very racist. It happens to everyone you see. It probably goes back to him competing and losing to the powerful Europeans. :bball:
Which is why you get these mixed reports, the guys that behave well are treated well. Of course then you get the pros that are just having a bad day, or are being interrupted from doing something, of course they are going to come off poorly, not everyone has the energy and enthusiasm to be 100% nice every waking moment (especially naturally introverted people who find it hard enough being in social situations).