Enter at a annual CAC gathering in Las Vegas any year and you’ll probably pick up excited shouts such as “MY GOD, ITS HARLEY RACE!”

Or it could be Dory Funk, Terry Funk, The Destroyer, Meng, Haku, D’Lo Brown, Jake Roberts, Edge, Gene Okerlund, Gerry Brisco, the Ultimo Dragon — really, any number of stars from around the pro wrestling world.

Listen up you kids, 30 or 40 years ago, us old farts did something you’ll probably never do: we used a pen, paper, and postage stamps to write to wrestling fans around the United States. We traded autographed photos, and then later the next big thing: VHS tapes. In some ways this will never happen again.

But for three great days in Vegas every year we still got together to meet and talk to our heroes. We could put a face to a name, and know exactly who we were talking to. Memories are priceless and while time slows for nobody, a hug, a handshake and big smiles all around still mean a lot to us — the original wrestling fans like me.

I know I’ll miss the gathering this year and we will undoubtedly lose some of our older members. But that’s all the more reason to get that reservation in for 2021.