I won't make any claims to know the man. Matter of fact, my exposure to Solie is rather limited, as I didn't start watching pro wrestling on any sort of regular basis until late 1985. However, I did catch Solie's work as a commentator for the Championship Wrestling from Florida show, which was the primary telecast for the NWA-Florida promotion back in the day. Solie didn't have to shout or scream catchphrases to grab your attention, all he had to do is call the match in a calm and professional manner, explaining the various holds the wrestlers would use and the actual effects on the body, attempting to get the match over as a legitimate sporting contest.
Anyway, I just thought I'd use this pre-show space as an open forum to pay tribute to Solie for the work he has done.
Rest in peace, Gordon Solie.