It’s always nice to see something be born, be nourished, and grow, well in the case of Rhode Island Comic Con, I have seen it all. Having attended the show annually since its inception, the word has certainly spread and the masses are invading our little city for this annual event. It was cold and rainy this morning, and the line was wrapped around the building so many times that it became like that old elementary school game of telephone. Eventually, I made it inside and my frozen ears thawed out and remained attached. Most people who know me know that I only attend these for the autographs and that I do not partake in the panels, photo op sessions, cosplay, vendors area, etc., so I came in, got my autographs, and left in about two hours.
The first group of guests that I hit up were the cast members from Star Trek TOS. All the way to the far right of the room found this group seated above a dais. Having already met William Shatner, Walter Koenig, and Nichelle Nichols, I only needed to see George Takei. I then indulged a little bit and had Nichelle sign a copy of her 1994 memoir Beyond Uhura.
William Shatner “Captain Kirk” ~ Anyone who follows the circuit knows about Bill, for those of you who don’t, consider yourself lucky.
Walter Koenig “Chekov” ~ Growing up with Star Trek IV as one of my favorites, it was such a shame to see him looking so frail. A shell of his former self, it was still nice to see Walter out meeting the fans and being his with longtime friends.
Nichelle Nichols “Uhura” ~ I met Nichelle a few years back, but I found a pristine copy of her book and just had to have her sign it. She missed last year’s show due to a shooting at LAX, so it was a long time coming to finally get her signature in it.
George Takei “Sulu” ~ Affectionately known on social media as Uncle George, this spry 77 year old was often smiling, laughing, and showed a real appreciation for his fans.
After leaving the area with the Star Trek guests, I ventured down the aisles to get the few other people I had come to see.
Steven Williams ~ I had no idea Steven would be at this show, but I was very happy to see him and lucky to get this great picture. While most people were fans of Steven for his Supernatural role and as Captain, later Commissioner, Adam Fuller, in 21 Jump Street, I fondly remember him as Trooper Mount in The Blues Brothers. Who wants an Orange Whip?
Richard Anderson ~ It’s been a few years since I saw the 88 year old Anderson, who starred as Oscar Goldman on both “The Six Million Dollar Man” and “The Bionic Woman”. I got an autograph last time, so this time I just needed a photo with him. Not sure where he wandered off to, but he disappeared from his table shortly after.
William Katt ~ Talk about a chip off the old block, William’s dedication to his fans was the same as his mother Barbara Hale’s. We chatted for what seemed like an eternity about everything in the book. While not a fan of his show, “The Greatest American Hero,” we chatted about his ill-fated character Tommy Ross in Carrie, and about sharing the screen with Raymond Burr and his own mother Barbara Hale in several Perry Mason movies, in which he played Paul Drake Jr.
Christy Carlson Romano ~ For me, Christy came from an era of Disney Channel stars who seemingly turned out okay. She starred as evil sister Ren Stevens on “Even Stevens,” voiced the titular role on “Kim Possible,” and appeared alongside Hilary Duff in Cadet Kelly.
Torrie Wilson ~ Always one of my favorite WWE Divas, I first got Torrie many years ago, but I thought it was time for a new photo. I’ve aged, but Torrie certainly hasn’t.
Maria Kanellis ~ Another one of my favorite WWE Divas, I see Maria at shows quite often and always make sure to get a picture with her. We also happen to go to school together, but we’ve yet to share a class.
All it took was two hours, not too shabby for a such a crowded show. I look forward to attending again next year.