I've been a fan since.... Ummm.... I don't remember. I didn't get to see him on GH the first go 'round, but that was mostly due to where I lived. :) My parents' house is in a dead zone where the only regular broadcast station that can be received is the NBC affiliate. So I heard him looong before I got a look at the hawtness. I do remember that I was already in love with the voice and that the face was just "icing on the cake." ;)
All-but-overprotective parents meant that I didn't get to see Rick in concert in the 80s (even though he came within an hour of my hometown *pout*), so my first concert was..... 2000? 1999? Somewhere around then. I'd have to hunt down my pics (from the nosebleed section, Rick's just a tiny blob, heh) to check the date-stamp.
As you can see by the icon, I did get to meet the man a couple of years ago, but I was so dim. All I could manage to get out was "Thank you," over and over again. 'Tho I did get an "Awww, sweetie," in return. :)
Hmmm, guess that's it for now. Thanks for taking the time to create an LJ-comm for us die-hard fans!