I remember that as well at UGD, the young guys did well....there were so many guys at UGD and just not enough time to hang with everyone as much as I would have liked. It was one of the better trips of my life.
What cemented my fate to one day pick up the guitar. I was a huge Kiss fan (still am) when I was 9-10...mid 70's. My older cousin was in a band and had a Les Paul. He taught me to play the intro riff of "God of Thunder", and it sounded so cool through a cranked amp. That was the moment that I knew I wanted to play.