When someone passes away, whether it's a celebrity or someone in our lives, a usual lament is that we didn't appreciate them enough while they were alive. It's typical human nature for us to not fully grasp how important someone is until they're gone.
But in the sadness that has surrounded the death of Bobby "The Brain" Heenan, it's clear that wasn't the case with him. The tributes to him have felt more like affirmations of what we already knew than revelations. Bobby Heenan was the greatest pro wrestling manager of all time. He was the best at his style of commentary. He was a unique personality that has never been duplicated -- no matter how many other performers have been influenced by him.
My introduction to Heenan didn't come when he was managing Nick Bockwinkel in the AWA or when he was leading the charge against Hulk Hogan in the WWF.