Hate to have to do it, but I’m taking a bit of a hiatus!!! Today marked my last planned celebrity event until the last weekend in April!!! While there is the possibility of an event popping up here or there, I am done until then!!! I wish all of my loyal readers a happy & healthy holiday season, and a prosperous New Year!!! See you all in the spring!!!
Today, November 24, I took a ride down to Uncle Vinnie’s Comedy Club in Pt. Pleasant, NJ, home of Dino, the Soap Boss, where he, with the help of Linda Rohe of Coastal Entertainment, regularly hosts an array of General Hospital cast members. Today’s attending cast member was Nancy Lee Grahn, who originated the role of Alexis Davis in 1996 and has played the role continuously since. The event was great as usual, with a total of around 70 people in attendance, a very large crowd in comparison to recent events I have attended. Nancy was the funny, outspoken, passionate individual that she has always been. She could have gone on talking for hours, but broke away from the Q&A to sign autographs and pose for pictures. Thanks to Dino, Coastal Entertainment, & Nancy for a great time!!!
On Saturday, November 23, I took a ride up to Framingham, Mass, to attend my first ever Super Megafest, a show held annually. I only needed to see a handful of celebrities, so I knew this would be a quick visit for me. When I arrived, I was promptly checked in by show staff and all of us advanced ticket holders were herded into a dining room until doors opened at 9:30. I must admit that was a hell of a lot better than standing out in the cold.
I went downstairs to where I Dream of Jeannie stars Barbara Eden & Bill Daily were supposed to be. They weren’t expected to arrive until 10:30, so I went upstairs and caught up with a familiar face to the autograph circuit, Caroll Spinney, the man who has brought Big Bird & Oscar the Grouch to life on Sesame Street for 45 seasons. While I usually just chat with Caroll and get a picture, I bought one of his pieces of artwork, a holiday sketch featuring Big Bird & Oscar.
I then went over to Ronn Moss, the longtime star of The Bold and the Beautiful. Ronn, who attended the show with his wife Playboy Playmate Devin DeVasquez, played Ridge Forrester on the serial for over 25 years. He departed last year and the role will be recast with Thorsten Kaye in the near future.
I then headed back downstairs where legendary adult film star Ron Jeremy was setting up his table. A lot can be said about Ron Jeremy, but I’ll just let this innuendo filled picture do all the talking.
At this point, it was 10:30, and Bill Daily had arrived downstairs as expected. The only problem was that the 86 year old Mr. Daily was unaccompanied and lost as to where to go. I noticed this and quickly pointed him in the right direction. Much to the dismay of fans, it was announced that no photos would be allowed of Ms. Eden & Mr. Daily, but a photo op, taking place at almost 5:00 PM, was required. Having met both Barbara & Bill several times over the years, I found this to be an odd first, as both were always very photo friendly. Anyways, Barbara arrived around 11:00, and the line slowly began to move. I opted to purchase a $10 11×17 poster created by one of the members of Team Eden. The poster was limited to 100 numbered copies, of which I received #16. Both Barbara & Bill signed it, and were lovely & gracious as always. Bill was very apologetic about the ‘no photo’ policy. You could just tell it was breaking his heart and that he was ordered to do this by someone else.
I then headed upstairs to the concession area set up by the Sheraton Framingham staff. I enjoyed a couple of hot dogs and got to chat with fellow attendees before heading home. A very small show for me, I will most likely attend again in the future, despite some disorganization and a major lack of communication on the show’s part.
I just got back from an all too brief trip to Boston to attend events held by former General Hospital stars Rick Hearst (Ric Lansing) & Ted King (Lorenzo Alcazar). Both events were intimate gathering coordinated by the lovely and down to earth Debby O’Connor and her husband John.
Rick’s event, held the evening of November 16th, was a dinner event at La Summa Ristorante. Including Rick, Debby, & John, there were only 15 people in attendance, very intimate to say the least. It was nice seeing Rick again, as I was never able to make my way over to him at the GH Reunion back in July.
On the morning of 11/17, I checked out of my hotel room and then walked from the lobby into the Aragosta Bar & Bistro for brunch with Ted King. While larger than Rick’s event, Ted’s was still very intimate with only 18 people gathered around the table. It was great seeing Ted as it had been a couple of years since I saw him last.
On Sunday, November 3, I took a ride down to Uncle Vinnie’s Comedy Club in Pt. Pleasant, a frequent stop for the General Hospital cast members. Today’s event featured Sean Kanan, who reprised his role of AJ Quartermaine last year. Sean’s no stranger to Uncle Vinnie’s, but this was his first time appearing since returning to GH. Sean’s lovely wife Michele premiered his new music video before introducing Sean. Sean took the stage and performed his newly written rap about the history of the dysfunctional Quartermaine family. There was then a short, but sweet Q&A, which included Sean giving away prizes. I won a 8×10 from The Karate Kid. Sean then signed autographs, took pictures, and sold copies of his book, The Modern Gentleman.