Archive | August 2014

Pat O’Brien

On the evening of August 20th, I took the short ride over to the New Jersey landmark, Bookends in Ridgewood, to meet legendary radio & television personality Pat O’Brien, former CBS Sports sportscaster and host of Access Hollywood and The Insider. The crowd was small, making this a very intimate event. Pat came down and held a lengthy Q&A/discussion on his years in the sports & entertainment industry. With only a few questions asked, Pat took the time to tell many tales and encounters with, but not limited to, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio, and Robin Williams. He then wrapped things up so he could sign and take pictures with the fans.

Pat O'Brien, or as he is affectionately known, POB.

Pat O’Brien, or as he is affectionately known, POB.

Thanks to Pat O’Brien for coming down to Bookends and to Walter and his staff, who never fail to put on a great event.

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Monster-Mania Con 28

Last night, I took a two hour drive down to the Cherry Hill Crowne Plaza for Monster-Mania Con 28, Philadelphia’s semi-annual horror film and memorabilia convention. While I never need all that many people at this show, their prices are typically lower than other area shows and that makes it worth the drive. There were a few cancellations and a couple of late additions, but the draws were the original dynamic duo, Batman stars Adam West & Burt Ward; seven stars from The Walking Dead; a Return of the Living Dead reunion; and actors Mads Mikkelson, Verne Troyer, and fresh off the set of Star Wars Episode VII, Peter Mayhew. The longest lines of the evening went to WWE Legend ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper and The Walking Dead star Steven Yeun. Piper just liked to took and take his time with the fans, while Yeun’s line grew rapidly while he was eating dinner.  I stopped for dinner along the way, but by the time I arrived, I got who I needed and had quite a bit of time to spend chatting with friends.

Colin Ford ~ I obtained the "Under the Dome" star's autograph for my grandmother, who is a huge fan of the series.

Colin Ford ~ I obtained the “Under the Dome” star’s autograph for my grandmother, who is a huge fan of the series.

Jeff Kober ~ Seeing of 'Dodger' from the Vietnam drama "China Beach" was a surprise to my mother, who had never checked the guest list prior to arriving.

Jeff Kober ~ Seeing of ‘Dodger’ from the Vietnam drama “China Beach” was a surprise to my mother, who had never checked the guest list prior to arriving.

James Karen ~ What can I say about the marvelous James Karen? At 90 years young, he has the energy of a teenager and is still working in films & television. He was an original cast member on All My Children and has since appeared in films such as The Return of the Living Dead, Wall Street, and The Pursuit of Happyness, as well as commercials as Mr. Pathmark.

James Karen ~ What can I say about the marvelous James Karen? At 90 years young, he has the energy of a teenager and is still working in films & television. He was an original cast member on “All My Children” and has since appeared in films such as The Return of the Living Dead, Wall Street, and The Pursuit of Happyness, as well as commercials as Mr. Pathmark.

Michael Berryman ~ Another vibrant guest, Michael appeared in the Academy Award winning film One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, as well as in The Hills Have Eyes, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, and The Devil's Reject. And here's a fun fact: his daughter went to Johnson & Wales.

Michael Berryman ~ Another vibrant guest, Michael appeared in the Academy Award winning film One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, as well as in The Hills Have Eyes, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, and The Devil’s Reject. And here’s a fun fact: his daughter went to Johnson & Wales.

'Rowdy' Roddy Piper ~ This WWE Legend & Hall of Famer had the longest line and just before I got to him, took a little break at which time I held down the fort for him. While often the heel in the ring, Piper genuinely cared about all of his fans in attendance.

‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper ~ This WWE Legend & Hall of Famer had the longest line and just before I got to him, took a little break at which time I held down the fort for him. While often the heel in the ring, Piper genuinely cared about all of his fans in attendance.

Clu Gulager ~ I think it's safe to say that the 85 Gulager has appeared in just about everything and worked with just about everyone in the industry. He also lives a block away from the famous Pink's Hot Dogs and apologized if he smelled like onions.

Clu Gulager ~ I think it’s safe to say that the 85 year old Gulager has appeared in just about everything and worked with just about everyone in the industry. He also lives a block away from the famous Pink’s Hot Dogs and apologized if he smelled like onions.

Verne Troyer ~ Here's another trooper guest, the infamous Verne Troyer. Troyer of course appeared as Mini-Me in the Austin Powers franchise, Griphook the Goblin in the first Harry Potter movie, and as a band member in How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

Verne Troyer ~ Here’s another trooper guest, the infamous Verne Troyer. Troyer of course appeared as Mini-Me in the Austin Powers franchise, Griphook the Goblin in the first Harry Potter movie, and as a band member in How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

Special thanks to the Hagan family for putting on another fantastic show, which is one of the few that still caters to the fans. While I am not always able to attend every Monster-Mania, I hope I get back down there soon!!!

General Hospital Fan Club Weekend 2014- Part 4

Sunday promised to be a busy day from the get-go. I had tickets for four events, all of which overlapped each other at some point, and then they moved Emme Rylan & Teresa Castillo’s event from Friday morning to Sunday morning, bringing my event count up to 5. I know when enough is enough, so I had the ticket transferred to my mother. I needed to catch up on some much needed sleep before the big Blast from the Past event. After the amazing time I had at the event last year, I couldn’t help but look forward to it all year long. As with the Main Event, attendance was down from about 400 to under 200. Actor attendance was strong though, with 32 past cast members reuniting. Attendees included: Jack Axelrod (Victor Jerome), Brandon Barash (Johnny Zacchara), Robyn Bernard (Terry Brock), Loanne Bishop (Rose Kelly), Andrea Bogart (Abby Haver), Brianna Brown (Lisa Niles), Susan Brown (Gail Baldwin), Christine Carlo (Leticia Juarez), Crystal Carson (Julia Barrett), Dylan Cash (Michael Corinthos), Maree Cheatham (Charlene Simpson), Scott Clifton (Dillon Quartermaine), Michael Cole (Harlan Barrett), Kiko Ellsworth (Stan Johnson/Jamal Woods), Brian Gaskill (Rafe Kovich), Blake Gibbons (Coleman), Adam Grimes (Kyle Julian), Rib Hillis (Jake Marshak), Anne Jeffreys (Amanda Barrington), Kodi Kitchen (Maggie Wurth), Stephen Macht (Trevor Lansing), Guy Mack (Patrick O’Connor), Ronnie Marmo (Ronnie Dimestico), Lilly Melgar (Lily Rivera Corinthos), Rick Moses (Jefferson Smith ‘Hutch’ Hutchins), Susan Pratt (Anne Logan), John Reilly (Sean Donely), Rebecca Staab (Elizabeth Barrington), Julian Stone (Jerry Jacks), Michael Sutton (Stone Cates), Tonja Walker (Olivia Jerome), & Gregory Zarian (Julius). In addition to these past cast favorites, Kirsten Storms (Maxie) was glued to husband Brandon Barash’s (Johnny) side and Kin Shriner (Scott) used to event as an opportunity to catch up with old friends. Peter Hansen (Lee Baldwin) was also slated to appear, but phoned Susan Brown to say he had woken up early to go to church and was too tired to attend the event.

I ended up in the green room helping out Susan Brown and spent quite a bit of time sitting and chatting with her & Anne Jeffreys. This experience also provided an eye opening look at Robyn Bernard, who was definitely the life of the party.

Susan had never taken a selfie before, so Robyn & I made sure she jumped on the bandwagon.

Susan had never taken a selfie before, so Robyn & I made sure she jumped on the bandwagon.

By the time Anne joined us, Susan was a pro at taking selfies.

By the time Anne joined us, Susan was a pro at taking selfies.

Robyn had Susan & I cracking up the entire time. She's a riot to be around to say the least.

Robyn had Susan & I cracking up the entire time. She’s a riot to be around to say the least.

Anyways, our fun in the green room came to an end as emcee Ronnie Marmo (Ronnie) began to introduce these fan favorites from GH’s glory days. I believe I got pictures of everyone in attendance, whether they were shots of them on the stage or of me with them. The only one I missed was Andrea Bogart (Abby Haver), who was only on hand for the autograph & photo session.

Brandon Barash (Johnny Zacchara, 2007-2013)

Brandon Barash (Johnny Zacchara, 2007-2013)

Michael Sutton (Stone Cates, 1993-1995, 2010)

Michael Sutton (Stone Cates, 1993-1995, 2010)

Blake Gibbons (Coleman, 2002-2013)

Blake Gibbons (Coleman, 2002-2013)

Scott Clifton (Dillon Quartermaine, 2003-2007)

Scott Clifton (Dillon Quartermaine, 2003-2007)

Gregory Zarian (Julius, 2007-2008)

Gregory Zarian (Julius, 2007-2008)

Kiko Ellsworth (Stan Johnson, 2007, GH; Jamal Woods, 2000-2003, PC)

Kiko Ellsworth (Stan Johnson, 2007, GH; Jamal Woods, 2000-2003, PC)

Christine Carlo (Leticia Juarez, 1998-2006)

Christine Carlo (Leticia Juarez, 1998-2006)

Rick Moses (Jefferson Smith 'Hutch' Hutchins, 1979-1980)

Rick Moses (Jefferson Smith ‘Hutch’ Hutchins, 1979-1980)

Stephen Macht (Trevor Lansing, 2007-2009)

Stephen Macht (Trevor Lansing, 2007-2009)

Rebecca Staab (Elizabeth Barrington, 2002-2003, PC)

Rebecca Staab (Elizabeth Barrington, 2002-2003, PC)

Brian Gaskill (Rafe Kovich Sr., 2001-2003, PC)

Brian Gaskill (Rafe Kovich Sr., 2001-2003, PC)

Anne Jeffreys (Amanda Barrington, 1984-2004) & Susan Brown (Gail Baldwin, 1977-2004) ~ I could go on all day raving about these two. In just two words- timeless & legendary.

Anne Jeffreys (Amanda Barrington, 1984-2004) & Susan Brown (Gail Baldwin, 1977-2004) ~ I could go on all day raving about these two. In just two words- timeless & legendary.

Loanne Bishop (Rose Kelly, 1980-1984) ~ Loanne & I representing good old Kelly's Diner.

Loanne Bishop (Rose Kelly, 1980-1984) ~ Loanne & I representing good old Kelly’s Diner.

Brianna Brown (Lisa Niles, 2010-2011) ~ Love catching up with this very pretty lady.

Brianna Brown (Lisa Niles, 2010-2011) ~ Love catching up with this very pretty lady.

Kodi Kitchen (Maggie Wurth, 2011-2012) ~ Another pretty young lady I love catching up with.

Kodi Kitchen (Maggie Wurth, 2011-2012) ~ Another pretty young lady I love catching up with.

Julian Stone (Jerry Jacks, 1998-1999) ~ The original lovable rogue of GH.

Julian Stone (Jerry Jacks, 1998-1999) ~ The original lovable rogue of GH.

Rib Hillis (Jake Marshak, 1997-1998) ~ Rib reminded fans that while he appeared predominantly on PC, his death occurred on GH.

Rib Hillis (Jake Marshak, 1997-1998) ~ Rib reminded fans that while he appeared predominantly on PC, his death occurred on GH.

Robyn Bernard (Terry Brock, 1984-1990) ~ A little wacky, Robyn certainly livened things up a bit.

Robyn Bernard (Terry Brock, 1984-1990) ~ A little wacky, Robyn certainly livened things up a bit.

Adam Grimes (Kyle Julian, 2008, GH:NS) ~ Adam was one of the people I met last year, but brought photos back this year for him to sign.

Adam Grimes (Kyle Julian, 2008, GH:NS) ~ Adam was one of the people I met last year, but brought photos back this year for him to sign.

Maree Cheatham (Aunt Charlene Simpson, 1987-1991, 1999-2000) ~ Who doesn't want to just go up and give this fun lady a hug?

Maree Cheatham (Aunt Charlene Simpson, 1987-1991, 1999-2000) ~ Who doesn’t want to just go up and give this fun lady a hug?

Jack Axelrod (Victor Jerome, 1987-1989) ~ He's the patriarch of one of GH's current core families, so it was great to meet Mr. Axelrod.

Jack Axelrod (Victor Jerome, 1987-1989) ~ He’s the patriarch of one of GH’s current core families, so it was great to meet Mr. Axelrod.

Guy Mack (Patrick O'Connor, 1985-1988) ~ Resident good guy on GH, Mack is now pursuing a career in the military.

Guy Mack (Patrick O’Connor, 1985-1988) ~ Resident good guy on GH, Mack is now pursuing a career in the military.

Dylan Cash (Michael Corinthos, 2002-2008) ~ Dylan usually pops in at some point during FCW every year, but this is the first time I got a photo & autograph.

Dylan Cash (Michael Corinthos, 2002-2008) ~ Dylan usually pops in at some point during FCW every year, but this is the first time I got a photo & autograph.

Tonja Walker (Olivia Jerome St. John, 1988-1990) ~ Tonja traveled all the way from the East Coast to attend, so methinks she needs an outpouring of love for that dedication.

Tonja Walker (Olivia Jerome St. John, 1988-1990) ~ Tonja traveled all the way from the East Coast to attend, so methinks she needs an outpouring of love for that dedication.

Crystal Carson (Julia Barrett, 1991-1993, 1997-1998) ~ Here's a lovely lady, who in my opinion, still has a place on the canvas.

Crystal Carson (Julia Barrett, 1991-1993, 1997-1998) ~ Here’s a lovely lady, who in my opinion, still has a place on the canvas.

Michael Cole (Harlan Barrett, 1991) ~ Mod Squad star Michael Cole always has the time to reconnect with his GH fans.

Michael Cole (Harlan Barrett, 1991) ~ Mod Squad star Michael Cole always has the time to reconnect with his GH fans.

Susie Pratt (Annie Logan, 1978-1982) ~ With Noah leaving Bobbie for Annie, I hope the writers find the opportunity to bring her back. Susan flew all the way from the East Coast to attend this event.

Susie Pratt (Annie Logan, 1978-1982) ~ With Noah leaving Bobbie for Annie, I hope the writers find the opportunity to bring her back. Susan flew all the way from the East Coast to attend this event.

Ronnie Marmo (Ronnie Dimestico, 2009-2012) ~ Marmo did a great job at hosting, a last minute position he took on when Wally Kurth could not attend.

Ronnie Marmo (Ronnie Dimestico, 2009-2012) ~ Marmo did a great job at hosting, a last minute position he took on when Wally Kurth could not attend.

Lilly Melgar (Lily Rivera Corinthos, 1994-1996, 2001; Marcella Montoya, 2003) ~ Yet another pretty lady that I enjoyed catching up with.

Lilly Melgar (Lily Rivera Corinthos, 1994-1996, 2001; Marcella Montoya, 2003) ~ Yet another pretty lady that I enjoyed catching up with.

John Reilly (Sean Donely, 1984-1995, 2008, 2013) ~ And last, but certainly not least, the great John Reilly.

John Reilly (Sean Donely, 1984-1995, 2008, 2013) ~ And last, but certainly not least, the great John Reilly.

When the event was over, I enjoyed a drink & a smoke with John Reilly’s lovely wife Liz and my pal, longtime GH crew member, Sandy Masone. In other words, the three of us gossiped about pretty much every person there and not there.

I took my time with Liz & Sandy while Kathleen Gati’s (Obrecht) event got underway. As soon as I saw the buffet table lined with desserts, I knew this would be a good one. Ryan Paevey (Nathan) had said he would join her, but he backed out, and Ryan Carnes (Lucas) took his place, but he wasn’t the only guest. A huge surprise to the fans was the GHFCW return of Sonya Eddy (Epiphany), who hasn’t attended in years. After a hilarious Q&A, Sonya agreed to stay and be a part of the autograph & photo session to much fanfare.

Kathleen & Sonya

Kathleen & Sonya

Sonya Eddy (Epiphany Johnson) ~ While we often chat on Facebook & Twitter, Sonya & I haven't seen each other in 7 years, so this reunion was filled with a lot of laughter.

Sonya Eddy (Epiphany Johnson) ~ While we often chat on Facebook & Twitter, Sonya & I haven’t seen each other in 7 years, so this reunion was filled with a lot of laughter.

Kathleen Gati (Liesl Obrecht) ~ The complete opposite of her borderline terrorist character, Kathleen has quickly warmed her way into the hearts of GH fans.

Kathleen Gati (Liesl Obrecht) ~ The complete opposite of her borderline terrorist character, Kathleen has quickly warmed her way into the hearts of GH fans.

The always gracious host, Debby O’Connor, made sure I was out of Kathleen’s event in time to go over to Kin Shriner’s event. With Saturday being Kin’s 37th Anniversary at GH, this event promised to be a good one, and with his buddy Jim Warren running the event, some surprises were in store. It’s hard to cram 37 years worth of tales into 2 hours, but Kin managed to do so. The event concluded with Kin’s Port Charles costar Michael Dietz (Joe) arriving with a big anniversary cake, which we all received a piece of.

Kin Shriner (Scott Baldwin) ~ Say what you want about Scotty Baldwin, but 37 years is a huge feat.

Kin Shriner (Scott Baldwin) ~ Say what you want about Scotty Baldwin, but 37 years is a huge feat.

Michael & Kin

Michael & Kin

Michael Dietz (Joe Scanlon) ~ I'm glad Michael popped up because he left the Past Cast event early in 2013.

Michael Dietz (Joe Scanlon) ~ I’m glad Michael popped up because he left the Past Cast event early in 2013.

After Kin’s event, I went over to my final event for the weekend- A Night with Kirsten Storms (Maxie), Brandon Barash (Johnny), & Bradford Anderson (Spinelli). I was pretty late to this event, but it started late, so I didn’t really miss a heck of a lot.

Bradford, Kirsten, & Brandon

Bradford, Kirsten, & Brandon

Brandon Barash (Johnny Zacchara) ~ Poor Brandon, pretty sure he had spent close to 14 hours in the ballroom.

Brandon Barash (Johnny Zacchara) ~ Poor Brandon, pretty sure he had spent close to 14 hours in the ballroom.

Kirsten Storms (Maxie Jones) ~ Kirsten & I chat often via Twitter, but it's always great to see my Twitter bestie in person.

Kirsten Storms (Maxie Jones) ~ Kirsten & I chat often via Twitter, but it’s always great to see my Twitter bestie in person.

Bradford Anderson (Damian Spinelli) ~ I don't think I have ever heard anyone say anything negative about Bradford, he's just a down to earth, good guy.

Bradford Anderson (Damian Spinelli) ~ I don’t think I have ever heard anyone say anything negative about Bradford, he’s just a down to earth, good guy.

And that’s the end. Another GH Weekend is in the books. I didn’t stick around for Monday’s events, but after Sunday’s jam-packed day, I just had to get home and sleep in my own bed. A special heartfelt thanks to Debbie Morris & the General Hospital Fan Club; Jim Warren; Debby O’Connor; Sheri Evans; the Findom; Alberto & the rest of the staff at the Sportsmen’s Lodge; my fellow fans & volunteers; Frank Valentini; and of course the amazing cast & crew of General Hospital, both past & present.

I think Kirsten's expression pretty much sums up how the majority of us attendees felt at the end of the weekend.

I think Kirsten’s expression pretty much sums up how the majority of us attendees felt at the end of the weekend.

Part One (Thursday): https://ericscelebrityencounters.wordpress.com/2014/08/06/general-hospital-fan-club-weekend-2014-part-1/

Part Two (Friday): https://ericscelebrityencounters.wordpress.com/2014/08/06/general-hospital-fan-club-weekend-2014-part-2/

Part Three (Saturday): https://ericscelebrityencounters.wordpress.com/2014/08/06/general-hospital-fan-club-weekend-2014-part-3/

 

General Hospital Fan Club Weekend 2014- Part 3

Saturday is the biggest day of the weekend and is consumed mostly by the Main Event. Hosted by 23 year veteran John J. York, this event is attended by pretty much the entire current cast, and there seems to be more of them each year. Not sure if I touched based on this before, but fan attendance was down by nearly 50% from last year’s events. Last year’s Main Event had about 600 fans, this year, maybe only 300. While that is certainly not a good thing from a business point of view, it gave those of us in attendance a better chance at getting to see all of our favorites, as well as the pleasure of short lines, something that was alien in previous years.

In addition to emcee John J. York (Mac), who stopped at my table during his walk to the stage to give me a hug, actors in attendance were: Kristen Alderson (Kiki), Vinessa Antoine (Jordan), Sean Blakemore (Shawn), Ian Buchanan (Duke), Ryan Carnes (Lucas), Teresa Castillo (Sabrina), Drew Cheetwood (Milo), Bryan Craig (Morgan), Jimmy Deshler (ex Rafe), William deVry (Julian), Chad Duell (Michael), Michael Easton (Silas), Zachary Garred (Levi), Kathleen Gati (Obrecht), Rick Hearst (Ric), Lynn Herring (Lucy), Jaxon & Jakob Kring (Danny), Jon Lindstrom (Kevin), Lisa LoCicero (Olivia), Donna Mills (Madeline), Hannah Nordberg (Josslyn), Jeffrey Parise (Carlos), Thaao Penghlis (Victor), Haley Pullos (Molly), Emme Rylan (Lulu), Marc Samuel (Felix), Parry Shen (Brad), Kin Shriner (Scott), Brooklyn Silzer (Emma), Michelle Stafford (Nina), Kirsten Storms (Maxie), Kelly Thiebaud (Britt), Jason Thompson (Patrick), Linda Tovar (Rosalie), Maura West (Ava), Laura Wright (Carly), Dominic Zamprogna (Dante), & Jacklyn Zeman (Bobbie). Executive Producer Frank Valentini was also there to field questions and meet the fans; former cast member Brandon Barash (Johnny) was there with wife Kirsten Storms; and All My Children veteran Cady McClain (Dixie) accompanied her husband, Jon Lindstrom.

Michelle Stafford (Nina Clay) ~ I had heard mixed things about Michelle, but I found her to be one of the sweetest people in attendance. Glad I had the chance to meet her.

Michelle Stafford (Nina Clay) ~ I had heard mixed things about Michelle, but I found her to be one of the sweetest people in attendance. Glad I had the chance to meet her.

Donna Mills (Madeline Reeves) ~ I had the feeling Donna would leave early, and sure enough, they cut her line off right after us. What can I say about this timeless actress? She was flawless in my eyes.

Donna Mills (Madeline Reeves) ~ I had the feeling Donna would leave early, and sure enough, they cut her line off right after us. What can I say about this timeless actress? She was flawless in my eyes.

John J. York (Mac Scorpio) ~ No matter how stressed out I am and where I'm running to, I always take the time to stop by for a hug and picture with my buddy John.

John J. York (Mac Scorpio) ~ No matter how stressed out I am and where I’m running to, I always take the time to stop by for a hug and picture with my buddy John.

Hannah Nordberg (Josslyn Jacks) & Brooklyn Rae Silzer (Emma Drake) ~ Talk about a couple of gems. Thumbs up to Mark Teschner for finding & hiring these two little ladies.

Hannah Nordberg (Josslyn Jacks) & Brooklyn Rae Silzer (Emma Drake) ~ Talk about a couple of gems. Thumbs up to Mark Teschner for finding & hiring these two little ladies.

Jackie Zeman (Bobbie Spencer) ~ Another longtime fan favorite, I'm proud to have Jackie representing us Bergen County natives on GH.

Jackie Zeman (Bobbie Spencer) ~ Another longtime fan favorite, I’m proud to have Jackie representing us Bergen County natives on GH.

Jon Lindstrom (Kevin Collins) & Cady McClain (Dixie Martin, AMC) ~ I've wanted to meet Jon for years now, and having Cady with him was an added bonus.

Jon Lindstrom (Kevin Collins) & Cady McClain (Dixie Martin, AMC) ~ I’ve wanted to meet Jon for years now, and having Cady with him was an added bonus.

Thaao Penghlis (Victor Cassadine) ~ I absolutely adored Thaao when he played Tony on DAYS, so I am very happy to have him back home on GH.

Thaao Penghlis (Victor Cassadine) ~ I absolutely adored Thaao when he played Tony on DAYS, so I am very happy to have him back home on GH.

Maura West (Ava Jerome) ~ Kudos to Ms. West for giving out 8x10s, you're a hot commodity at FCW if you do that!!!

Maura West (Ava Jerome) ~ Kudos to Ms. West for giving out 8x10s, you’re a hot commodity at FCW if you do that!!!

Zachary Garred (Levi Dunkleman) ~ Zachary, sporting his new haircut, told me to write to him for photos, but after the event, he ran down to Walgreens, printed up a batch and brought them back for fans!

Zachary Garred (Levi Dunkleman) ~ Zachary, sporting his new haircut, told me to write to him for photos, but after the event, he ran down to Walgreens, printed up a batch and brought them back for fans!

Jeffrey Vincent Parise (Carlos Rivera) ~ All I can say is, Free Carlos!

Jeffrey Vincent Parise (Carlos Rivera) ~ All I can say is, Free Carlos!

This is what victory looks like. Having accomplished my mission and gotten everyone I needed, I was congratulated with a hug by Mr. Parise.

This is what victory looks like. Having accomplished my mission and gotten everyone I needed, I was congratulated with a hug by Mr. Parise.

After the Main Event, I had a little bit of downtime which was spent in the air conditioned room that Michael Easton’s event would be held in. Having been a Jim Warren event, I was put to work helping out with line control. At this point in the day, everyone was hot, exhausted, and had just been royally snubbed by Knots Landing star William Devane, but that’s another story.  This event may have been one of the most popular ones the weekend had to offer as Michael rarely holds his own events.

Michael Easton (Silas Clay) ~ After 8 years of attending GH & OLTL events, I finally met Michael Easton, and it was well worth the wait.

Michael Easton (Silas Clay) ~ After 8 years of attending GH & OLTL events, I finally met Michael Easton, and it was well worth the wait.

Now I had a few hours of downtime before going over to Kelly Sullivan (ex Connie) & Julie Berman’s (ex Lulu) event, An Evening with Jules and Kel, Part Deux. This event was run by Debby O’Connor, so I lent a hand doing registration and opted to sit in the back where I had more room as opposed to one of the crowded tables. Despite neither being a part of the show any longer, this was a highly attended event. They had many special guests- Jimmy Deshler (Rafe), William deVry (Julian), Jeffrey Parise (Carlos), Haley Pullos (Molly), Jason Thompson (Patrick), & Dominic Zamprogna (Dante). While deVry was the only one of their guests to stay for the autograph & photo session, I was able to get him to sign my 50th Anniversary book while he was briefly there.

Haley, Jimmy, Kelly, Julie, & William

Haley, Jimmy, Kelly, Julie, & William

Julie, William, Kelly, Dominic, Jeffrey, & Jason

Julie, William, Kelly, Dominic, Jeffrey, & Jason

William deVry (Julian Jerome) ~ Mr. deVry checks in on me while I'm calling out the winners of the raffle prizes.

William deVry (Julian Jerome) ~ Mr. deVry checks in on me while I’m calling out the winners of the raffle prizes.

Julie Marie Berman (ex Lulu Spencer-Falconeri) ~ I don't think I've seen Julie since January 2013, so I had accumulated a couple of things for her to sign.

Julie Marie Berman (ex Lulu Spencer-Falconeri) ~ I don’t think I’ve seen Julie since January 2013, so I had accumulated a couple of things for her to sign.

Kelly Sullivan (Connie Falconeri) ~ The ongoing joke at events for a couple of years now is that I'm Kelly's boyfriend, Eric, so we like to live up to the role.

Kelly Sullivan (Connie Falconeri) ~ The ongoing joke at events for a couple of years now is that I’m Kelly’s boyfriend, Eric, so we like to live up to the role.

At some point during this busy event, I ran over to the room where Ryan Paevey (Nathan) was holding his event. Ryan didn’t attend the Main Event, so Jim Warren let me run in for a quick photograph and an autograph. Zachary Garred (Levi) also attended and brought along the photos that he had told me to write to him for, so that was an added bonus.

Ryan Paevey (Nathan West) ~ I wasn't there for his Q&A, but I can only imagine some of the things that the female fans had to say to this GH hunk.

Ryan Paevey (Nathan West) ~ I wasn’t there for his Q&A, but I can only imagine some of the things that the female fans had to say to this GH hunk.

After a couple of nights with little sleep, I was easily out like a light on Saturday after an event filled day.

Part One (Thursday): https://ericscelebrityencounters.wordpress.com/2014/08/06/general-hospital-fan-club-weekend-2014-part-1/

Part Two (Friday): https://ericscelebrityencounters.wordpress.com/2014/08/06/general-hospital-fan-club-weekend-2014-part-2/

Part Four (Sunday): https://ericscelebrityencounters.wordpress.com/2014/08/06/general-hospital-fan-club-weekend-2014-part-4/

General Hospital Fan Club Weekend 2014- Part 2

Originally, I had no events planned for Friday and intended on spending the day sightseeing. However, one of the event coordinators, Debby O’Connor of YourNumberOneFan, asked me if I wouldn’t mind helping her and crew out at their events. I had lunch plans, but I accepted her offer in preparing for the first event of the morning. That event was Breakfast with Ryan Carnes (Lucas) & Jimmy Deshler (Rafe Jr.). With about 20 fans in attendance, the event ran smoothly and featured a surprise appearance by Brian Gaskill (Rafe Sr.). I had already gotten Ryan & Jimmy the night before, but I had never met Brian before, so I was glad I had been recruited to help out.

Ryan, Jimmy, & Brian

Ryan, Jimmy, & Brian

Brian Gaskill (Rafe Kovich Sr.) ~ This soft-spoken Port Charles cast member and I discussed the vampire hype in the entertainment industry and pondered whether PC could have survived longer.

Brian Gaskill (Rafe Kovich Sr.) ~ This soft-spoken Port Charles cast member and I discussed the vampire hype in the entertainment industry and pondered whether PC could have survived longer.

After the event concluded, I headed off for lunch with friends, missing Debby’s next event, Lunch with Bryan Craig (Morgan) & Kelly Thiebaud (Britt). Debby told me if I made it back in time, to swing by and see Bryan & Kelly, so I did just that, and also had the chance to meet their dog, Ranger.

Bryan Craig (Morgan Corinthos) & Kelly Thiebaud (Britt Westbourne) ~ I met these two last year when they still claimed to not be dating, so it was nice to see how their relationship has evolved.

Bryan Craig (Morgan Corinthos) & Kelly Thiebaud (Britt Westbourne) ~ I met these two last year when they still claimed to not be dating, so it was nice to see how their relationship has evolved.

Late that afternoon, I contemplated doing something, and I did it, whether I did for the better or not, I am not quite sure. That contemplation was attending Finola Hughes’ (Anna) annual charity event hosted by the Findom. Promoted guests were Ian Buchanan (Duke) & Michelle Stafford (Nina). I needed Finola to finish up an 8×10 for me, Ian’s just a doll, and I never met Michelle before. My friend and I bought tickets at the door and attended what would ultimately turn out to be Finola & Ian’s event. Michelle was held up at the studio and never showed. Was it worth the $95? Eh, but all monies went to charity, Childhelp, and that’s my good deed for the day.

Finola Hughes (Anna Devane) ~ Honestly, what cannot be said about Finola? She's just so regal and fan friendly.

Finola Hughes (Anna Devane) ~ Honestly, what cannot be said about Finola? She’s just so regal and fan friendly.

Ian Buchanan (Duke Lavery) ~ Here's another one who is just a great person. I was shocked that he remembered my name, but he just always goes that extra step.

Ian Buchanan (Duke Lavery) ~ Here’s another one who is just a great person. I was shocked that he remembered my name, but he just always goes that extra step.

Part One (Thursday): https://ericscelebrityencounters.wordpress.com/2014/08/06/general-hospital-fan-club-weekend-2014-part-1/

Part Three (Saturday): https://ericscelebrityencounters.wordpress.com/2014/08/06/general-hospital-fan-club-weekend-2014-part-3/

Part Four (Sunday): https://ericscelebrityencounters.wordpress.com/2014/08/06/general-hospital-fan-club-weekend-2014-part-4/