I first became a vegetarian in 1997.
I was 12 years old and obsessed with the Beatles. I picked out books from the school library solely based on the date they were published, i.e. in the Beatles’ epoch of 1963-1969.
One day, my mom mentioned that the Beatles were vegetarian. That piece of trivia was all the convincing I needed to give up meat and beg my traditional Southern family to do the same. (They weren’t as willing to give up meat out of respect to John, Paul, George, and Ringo.)