Both born on August 11th, Falwell in 1933, Hogan in 1953, each have
received cheers and jeers from large audiences, one in wrestling
matches, the other in the religious/political arena.
These two Southern boys wanted to be baseball stars but struck out. Both lifted weights to build up muscle: Hogan used his in the wrestling ring; Falwell wrestled with Satan and American morals--as a preacher, he developed his political muscle, backed by the Moral Majority. Both are flag-wavers--while Hogan has worn the label "American Made" printed across his broad chest; Falwell has influenced American politics, pushing for strong national defense. Both became larger-than-life superstars:
Hogan at 6'8" with 24" biceps wrestled his way into extensive TV coverage plus a televised cartoon series and a commercialized Hulkamania. Falwell, not as big physically, muscled his way into superstardom as a controversial televangelist. The hulking wrestler wears as pure a facade as the preacher; he neither smokes nor drinks and counsels his cartoon-watching audience to "say their prayers."
Both were so-called "bad guys" before they became All-American hero types. Hogan used to wrestle as a "villian" under another name; Falwell claims he was a cruel prankster, petty thief, and teen-age gang member before he was "born again."
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