How I finally met The Hoff

Doing the Limbo Dance – With The Hoff

David Hasselhoff live in Berlin

7 1/2 years ago I started this blog with the intention to document my quest to meet the myth, the man, the legend David Hasselhoff.

With tears in my eyes and Limbo Dance still playing in my head I’m sitting here trying to put what happened yesterday into words.

Slowly but surely I am realizing more than ever that I haven’t been alone on this epic quest.

The general consensus today was that everybody can now die in peace after I managed to meet the Hoff.

This just showed me again that The Hoff still has the talent to unite a lot of people and make them happy – just as he did 30 years ago in Berlin.

And of course fate had it that our meeting took place in Berlin close where the Berlin wall divided the city into 2 different halves.

But before I will tell you how I managed to meet the Hoff there are some things you haven’t read on this site.

How I got so close but yet so far from meeting The Hoff before

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I mentioned before that it took me 7 1/2 years to meet David Hasselhoff.

In truth it took me 30 years to meet my childhood hero, Michael Knight or Mitch Buchannon or just simply The Hoff.

From elementary school onwards I have been a fan of his music (Top 3 are Looking for Freedom, Crazy for You and of course Hooked on a feeling (Ooga Chaka)) and his TV shows.

And to this day there is not a single week where none of his songs blast through the stereo or my headphones at work and it puts a smile on my face every single time without failing.

So you can imagine the excitement I felt when a colleague of mine from Groupon won a Meet and Greet with The Hoff in Austria in 2010.

And you can imagine the pain I felt that this stupid vulcano in Iceland called Eyjafjallajökull had to erupt exactly at this time and made it impossible for us to fly to Vienna.

However my brother quickly came to the rescue and drove all the way from Regensburg to Vienna to meet our childhood hero in person.

I will never forget the evening when I was sitting on my couch just minding my own business when my phone rang and The Hoff just started singing Looking for Freedom for me.

So in the most exciting moment of his life my brother not only managed to get 3 signed pictures of The Hoff but also had the brilliant idea to surprise me to ease my pain of not meeting The Hoff in person myself – The Hoff probably was very proud of this much brother love!

Then there were times when David has been visiting Berlin for one reason or another – and usually staying at the Adlon or Kempsinski Hotel.

So as I have my priorities straight I did occasionally skip work (it’s alright relax, I have been Freelance already by that time) and hung out in cafes on the other side of the road of the Hotels he was staying in reading a book, drinking a coffee and hoping to bump into him.

Then there were times when I sent emails to managers, set Google keyword alarms to trigger when something like “Meet and Greet David Hasselhoff” popped up or friends of mine entered weight loss challenges to win a meeting with The Hoff.

But all to no avail. The Hoff seemed so close and yet so far.

People “suffering” from my David Hasselhoff obsession

Suffering is a strong word – Affected is maybe more fitting in this context.

But it is safe to say that everybody who had more than 5min contact with my in his/her life has been aware of the fact that I am quite a big David Hasselhoff fan.

I once had an American roommate who made the mistake to tell me on our first day of living together that he did not know that The Hoff was also a singer.

So every morning for half a year he woke up to me blasting “Hooked on a feeling” on full volume through our flat in Nürnberg.

In Chile I was living with an awesome crew of French/Chilean guys and girls and our house where we lived got the name “Casa Ooga Chaka” because every single evening when partying this song came on.

But it didn’t stop there – even in my work life I introduced The Hoff to everybody.

Ask any Ex-Groupon colleague what happened every Friday evening at 6pm sharp and they will tell you that the SEM-room had “Looking for Freedom” blasting through on maximum volume.

And even though these and many more things always happened with me around I am still lucky to have some friends left that somehow tolerate my Hasselhoff obsession.

The Universe aligns for the Meeting

Fast forward to 3.10.2019 in Berlin Max-Schmeling-Halle 21.30 Uhr.

The first half of yet another excellent David Hasselhoff concert (3rd one in 10 years in Berlin) is already over when I notice a small commotion at the right side of the main stage.

Without thinking much I just pulled a friend of mine along to check out what is going on.

And before we know what is happening we are told that we are the 2 last guys to get a sticker to access the backstage area of the concert.

Standing there someone starts explaining to us that towards the end of the concert David will play one of his all time favorites “Limbo Dance” and we are to come on stage and do the Limbo Dance.

And so it happened that during “Crazy for You” we get called backstage and get our final instructions.

Without hesitating I just go ahead of the line (I think nobody else really wanted to be first on stage – don’t understand why but hey) and stand there waiting for the Limbo to start.

Then there is the sign of the crew to go on stage and do the best Limbo Dance you can do.

Life starts to slow down (this is how it must have felt like for The Hoff and Pamela Anderson running in Slow-Motion on the beaches of Malibu) and I make my way towards The Hoff.

I am not 100% sure but I felt like the whole universe in this moment stood still while David and I lock eyes while I slowly Limbo my way towards him.

His right hand is already way up high in the air anticipating the most legend-wait-for-it-dary high five of all times.

As if he would have known that Barney Stinson could not have demanded a higher of High Fives himself.

It took all my mental strenght to not just run towards David to give him the long awaited High Five.

But I still had to Limbo first before I could finally make it happen.

So down I limbo past the girls holding the Limbo pole, getting up elegantly on the other side and then – Bähm.

One High Five to end them all while our eyes lock.

And in this moment – I kid you not – I saw in his eyes and he in mine that the universe was perfectly aligned as it always should have been.

Time speeds up again to its normal speed, I limbo down the stage and back into my circle of friends waiting for me – Each of them at least as happy for me as I am myself.

The concert finishes off with yet another legendary performance of “Looking for Freedom”, but honestly I barely register that anymore.

Now with one night of sleep and with my heartbeat almost back to normal again there is this sudden realisation that this is it… I met The Hoff.

And from all the messages from my friends and family coming in I get the feeling that The Hoff managed something really big.

Even though this chapter in my life might be closed now – as will be this website – The Hoff taught me a very important lesson.

Always believe in yourself and follow your dreams. If David would have listened to all those nay-sayers he wouldn’t be the most successful TV Star of all-times.

So if people tell you that your dream is ridiculous and you won’t make it – don’t listen to them.

Surround yourself with people that believe in you and that celebrate with you once you realize your dreams.

So my final words and thank yous go out to all my family and friends that have always supported me and always hoped for me to meet my childhood hero The Hoff.

And now enjoy the Limbo Dance with The Hoff.

The End.

How I maybe win a meeting with the Hoff

David Hasselhoff live in BerlinFirst of all bad news, still no call or email from His Hoffness. But probably he is too busy right now to surf the web to find this hidden gem of a website.
So there I am in a big dilemma. What can I do to increase the chances of meeting David? Every once in a while I get an email, when Google (alerts) finds a new website or text, where the words “win meeting hasselhoff” appear.
So one morning I wake up and check my emails, when I see, that I got an alert from Google. Of course I open the email straight away and I see that Galabingo (a UK gambling website) offers the chance to meet His Hoffness.
All you have to do is spend some money on their new (awesome) Hoff-Scratchcard and then send them an email why it should be you and nobody else who will meet the Hoff in London. I guess Galabingo is trying to get more German customers that way, because half of the people who will really write an email will be from Germany for sure.
But coming back to the big dilemma I mentioned in the beginning. Is it cheating to take part in a competition to win a meeting with the Hoff? I say no it is not, because we Germans have a saying: “Im Krieg und in der Liebe ist alles erlaubt” (meaning in my case that in order to meet the Hoff one day every measure is justified).
So here I am writing this text, after having scratched The Hoff on Galabingo, and waiting to get the news that I am one of the lucky guys to win a meeting with His Hoffness.

Happy Birthday David!!!

Alles Gute zum 60ten Geburtstag David!


Hope you are having a blast today and don’t forget to get in touch whenever you come back to Berlin. Still can’t believe how much energy this guy still has. Probably more than I had when I was a kid. Enjoy your day David!
Achim

One morning in June some 2 years ago

The Hoff-Family Part 2

The Hoff on stage with a hot girlIt all started on my first day at work, when I was introduced to a colleague, Achim, who just happened to be wearing a t-shirt with a David Hasselhoff picture and the words ‘Don’t hassle the Hoff’ written across it. I thought it was hilarious, not to mention brave (where I come from, people wear suits to work), and became instantly attracted to his hoffness, uh I mean hotness, and his brilliant sense of humour.

A few weeks later I was sitting at my desk, chatting to Achim about, hmm, work (in case my old boss is reading this) and the conversation turned to the flirty side. I decided to win him over by pressing the right buttons. The right Hoff buttons. So I was looking for some images of David online and in the middle of my research, Achim, who sat on a desk a couple of rows behind mine, sent me a message that said: “You have good taste, looking at Hoff pictures.” I was mortified. So I asked a friend to do the dirty work for me instead. Later on, when I told that friend that Achim and I were together, she asked me in an amused tone, “the Hoff guy????”

So eventually we became a couple, you know, like any other couple. We had a great time together, he asked me to go to the Hoff concert with him, when I stayed at his place I slept on a Hoff pillow, he would ask if I wanted to listen to some music and then put the Hoff on… just your average love story. At first I thought he was kidding about the concert, but then I saw that the Hoff really was coming to town. Achim excitedly prepared himself for it for about six months.

Now, the concert was awesome. That man has more energy than a group of ten 20-year-olds combined. He changed into several different outfits, he danced to every song, he sang live (which is more than can be said for most pop artists) and he rocked that stage. I have never seen Achim and his brother, Nikolai, looking so happy. The looks on their faces were priceless. They were like two little kids in a sweet shop. They truly are the biggest Hoff fans in the world.

When Achim introduces me to new friends, 9 out of 10 times they ask me, “do you actually like the Hoff or are you just pretending for Achim?” What can I say… It’s important to be passionate about something in life. It’s endearing that one of Achim’s biggest passions is the Hoff. When you love someone, you support their dreams, and you encourage and help them achieve them. Achim loves the Hoff, I love Achim, therefore I love the Hoff. Makes sense, doesn’t it?

When his friends tell me that I need to encourage him to wear non-Hoff tshirts, I guiltily nod and smile, because the only encouragement I give him is to keep loving the Hoff. I even had a personalised Hoff tshirt made for him last Christmas. And made little cakes with the letters ‘h-a-p-p-y-h-o-f-f-d-a-y’ written with icing for his last birthday. And we have pictures of David hanging on our walls at home.

There’s just one thing. The Hoff pillow. It is totally not in good condition. I offered to wash it and sew the holes but Achim is too afraid that it won’t survive the surgery. My claim is that it’s safer tucked away in the wardrobe, where it will last longer. Although that thought worries me a little. How long can a pillow last?!

Monica Tavares 

The Hoff, Knight Rider and some other important thoughts

The Hoff-Family

david hasselhoff live on stageWhen my brother Achim told me about launching this awesome page to meet his Hoffness and having the chance to throw an eye on the final outcome I went totally mad! What high quality writing combined with essential facts that I would consider general knowledge!

When he asked me then to drop a few lines about Knight Rider I felt honored like I never felt honored in my life before…well, I have to excuse myself bro for letting myself such a long time before hitting the keyboard but I was and I am still overwhelmed about the fact that I am the first one after him to write about this TV series on this magnificent page that influenced my further existence on this planet that I just was not able to concentrate myself enough for writing. Now I am.

What shall I say about Knight Rider that hasn’t been said before… I am one under estimated at least 250 million youngsters back in the 80′s theirs childhood had been under complete control of Michael Knight and his smart, talking car. To say some words about myself: I am called Nikolai and I am the big brother of Achim, I am 31 years old and living in Munich. Everybody’s is always complaining about their age after reaching the age of 30 but hey- If you would not have that age (more or less) you would never have been able to feel that magic that was spread through TV back in the days when the series was first shown on TV!

Still today, watching Michael Knight and KITT fighting for peace and justice confirms my opinion that this is just the best TV series that has ever been produced and ever will be produced. To give you an impression on how much it influenced and obviously obsessed me I give you an idea: In 1990, me, a friend and 2 girls, none of us elder than 9 years, performed “Crazy for you” live on stage on our final ceremony of our elementary school. Me on the keyboard, my friend on the drums and the 2 girls singing-under the imaginative name the rolling rocks. We practices months for that 4 minutes celebrating David’s musical masterpiece in front of our parents. But it was worth the effort. I still remember that day when I felt how it must be like if you are David Hasselhoff and joying up the masses.

Absolutely one of the highlights of my life. Which would bring me to another highlight (well, I think that is THE highlight of my life) but we will tell you more about that moment later in this blog. My brother knows which moment I am talking about, he actually took part in this moment without being there but I could manage that he could at least participate on this magic occasion last year in Vienna. I hope I did not get off the track to much when writing about Knight Rider but I think you all know by now which feeling caused KITT inside me and millions of others. Thank you bro for giving vent to my feelings. And I am sure the Hoff is going to want meeting you! Don’t hassel the Hoff.

Hoff Merchandise

Hoff Merchandise

David Hasselhoff pillow

I have been thinking about my style lately, after being mocked by one of my colleagues. He claims that I only wear Hoff-T-Shirts in combination with stuff from Adidas. But hey he is older than me and still wearing Desigual clothes, so little does he know. And one of the many advantages of living in Berlin and working for a startup is that nobody cares what you look like. So let’s see what I find when I have a look around my house:

  • 6 Hoff T-Shirts, two of which are custom-made
  • One David Hasselhoff biography “Making waves”
  • One David Hasselhoff cup
  • 2 pictures on the wall, both originally signed by his Hoffness
  • Last but not least one Hoff pillow, which was produced in “West-Germany”, which means it must be old as hell

I am especially proud of that pillow. This pillow travelled with me through the world and is, at least in my opinion, still in good shape. Since my girlfriend disagrees with my opinion on that one the pillow now is safely stored in our wardrobe instead of in use in our bed. This pillow was a gift from one of my good friends who wanted to throw it away, when he and his parents moved out of their old house. Thanks a lot for that pillow Phil!

I mean look at that pillow, how more awesome can it get?! On one side we have The Hoff in front of K.I.T.T. and on the other side we have K.I.T.T. This little pillow was with me wherever I travelled to in the last couple of years.

Unfortunately I did not honor it enough and left it at the hotel room most of the time. But I will find you some of the pictures, where I took this precious piece outside for some Hoff-moments. I promise.
Cheers and don’t hassel The Hoff.

One Hoff to unite them all

Good preparation is the key to success

David Hasselhoff in a blue suitThis is true for business as for your private life. Make a plan and stick to it. Don’t listen to others who say you will fail. Truth is chances that I am really going to meet The Hoff in the end are not the best. Why? Simply because I am not a hot blonde girl with giant boobs, nor am I famous or have contacts to the show business.

But I am determined to stick to my goal and I am willing to invest time and money. To be honest I already invested a lot of time. I did not think that one website will be so much work. But no complaining here. So this is what it took to get the project of the ground.

  1. I registered two domains. Domain No.1 is www.how-i-met-the-hoff.com and I will use this blog to keep you updated on my progress in getting to know David. The second domain is called www.dont-hassel-the-hoff.de. This domain is also part of my plan but more on that later.
  2. I asked a very talented friend of mine to help me put together a nice photoshopped picture of me and the hoff and the name of my blog. So thanks Christoph, your help is much appreciated.
  3. Of course I owe one thank you to Matze, who helped me set up this website. Sorry for asking many dumb questions but from here on I try to reduce my stupid questions.

So you can see, I am on a mission and I am not alone. The spirit of his Royal Hoffness brought together a lot of people already and not only did they like my idea, but they helped me with joy. Doesn’t it sound familiar? The Hoff and bringing together people (in Germany)?! Yes that’s right dare I say that The Hoff brings together what belongs together? I hope someone asks The Hoff to perform in Korea for New Years Eve this year. I wonder what will happen soon afterwards.

Cheers and don’t hassel The Hoff.

Who am I?

About me

KITT Knight RiderWell you don’t have to guess too hard to figure out that I am German. No other nationality is crazier about The Hoff than us. But what else am I doing when I am not trying to meet up with David Hasselhoff?

Right now I am working for an online company in Berlin. The company just started two years ago and all of my colleagues are more or less my age (twenty-something).

But we are an international team of people and therefore most of my co-workers never heard of the German obsession about The Hoff. You can imagine it struck them quite as a shock when I told them I went to the best concert ever and showed them 5 times a day videos of The Hoff’s performance in Berlin last year. To their surprise I was not the only nuts who went there, but in total we were 6 people, including my girlfriend, my brother and 3 colleagues (all German) of mine.

I am working in the Online Marketing department of my company. That means we advertise a lot on Google and other display partners. We test out a lot of different banners, so maybe I will suggest to use an image of The Hoff on one of our next banners. I am sure this will increase our Click Through Rate a lot. But coming to think of it, this is not such a bad idea. When you start seeing David Hasselhoff banner popping up everywhere it is probably my fault.

What else is there to say about me? Well I live together with my Portuguese girlfriend in Berlin. Even though i suspect that she doesn’t like The Hoff as much as she pretends for me, she enjoyed his concert as well. She was surprised how much power David still has when he performed for more than 2 hours and wearing several fantastic outfits (yes he wore the blinking leather jacket that should get a place in a museum). More about me will follow soon, but for now let’s try to get The Hoff’s attention.

Cheers and don’t hassel The Hoff.

The mission

The Mission: Meeting the Hoff

David Hasselhoff live in BerlinYesterday night I decided, that one thing I have to achieve in my life is to meet The Hoff. Why? Well first of all I am German and every German should have “I met the Hoff” on his CV. I could tell you thousands of reasons why The Hoff is big in Germany. Who else drove a speaking car, swam with red pants with some of the hottest girls in TV and even had the time to sing such amazing songs like “Looking for freedom”, “Hooked on a feeling” or “Du”.

You may think:”Somehow this name of the blog sounds familiar!” And yes you are right. I am using the analogy to “How i met your mother”, where Ted tells his kids since years how he met their mother. So in a way I thought this would be a nice name for my blog as well, since I haven’t met The Hoff yet and I am going to tell you how (hopefully) finally I will meet his Royal Hoffness.

So what is this blog about? Well don’t get me wrong I am not a crazy stalker who wants to meet The Hoff and waits outside at night in front of his house just to see him. I want to take a different approach. I want to make The Hoff want to meet me. How? Well by telling you my story of how I am trying to get his attention. Maybe after a year or so he will either agree on meeting up with me or getting a restraining order.

I am aware that this will take me a lot of effort and time. Probably some of my colleagues and friends will think this is the stupidest idea ever. But hey, they also laughed at me when I first started playing “Looking for freedom” every Friday at 6 p.m. at work. Now everybody waits for that song to start and if I am off on a Friday my colleagues play that song nevertheless and put me on the phone to listen to it as well. But more on that another time.

So let’s see where this is taking us and enjoy the ride.
Cheers and don’t hassel The Hoff.