I've thought about the decline in shooting sports and how popular they were in the late 80's and early 90's.
When I shot PPC, there was the GREAT Phillip Hemphill from the Miss. HP. Phillip would be telling jokes on the line seconds prior to the course of fire. He was a hoot and usually the winner. He reminds me a lot of Preston Gibson.
When I shot Action Pistol it was Brain Enos, John Pride and a few others. They were great champions and great ambassadors of that sport...just very nice, down to earth guys.
When I shot IPSC there was the million dollar man, Rob Leathem, Jerry Barnhart, Brain Enos...to name just a few. They cut up a lot and were fun to watch.
I guess in HP silhouette there was David Tubb...I have never shot with him, but I read he was the best.
Jerry Miculak is the revolver king and he usually draws a crowd when he shoots.
Gene Sears was THE man with a shotgun in my neck of the woods for decades and just a darn nice family.
Lack of publicity and sponsorship may be two of the reasons some sports are not flourishing.
No easy answers I guess.
We Oklahoma shooters shoot for fun and we cut up a LOT, on and off the line at a match. I LOVE having 9 animals down, turning to someone and betting them a coke I get the 10th. I guess just keep shooting what you like but above all HAVE SOME FUN !
Just Be Nice