Archive | November 2015

Finola Hughes and Ian Buchanan

After a year of dormancy, I made my triumphant return to Uncle Vinnie’s Comedy Club in Point Pleasant on November 15th for an afternoon with General Hospital‘s Finola Hughes and Ian Buchanan. In addition to playing Anna Devane on and off for 30 years, Finola has also starred in Staying Alive, Jack’s Place, Blossom, All My Children, and Charmed. Ian, whose character of Duke Lavery was killed off earlier this year, has also appeared in It’s Garry Shandling’s Show, Twin Peaks, The Bold and the Beautiful, Port Charles, All My Children, and Days of our Lives.

Finola and Ian, their third appearance together at Uncle Vinnie’s, did an hour long Q&A session. We had a great group of fans in attendance today and the Q&A rocked the house. The duo shared humorous stories of their many costars from over the years, including those who are gone, but never forgotten- James Doohan and Bob Hastings.

They took a short break following the Q&A and then came back out for the meet and greet. They were great as always, signing whatever the fans put down in front of them and posing for group shots, solo shots, and I even spotted Finola snapping a few selfies.

Finola Hughes & Ian Buchanan ~ Having seen Finola back in August, I just had her sign an 8x10 print of us at her 2014 FCW event. For Ian, I brought along an 8x10 of our April photo op, a Twin Peaks 8x10, and my Days of our Lives Better Living book.

Finola Hughes & Ian Buchanan ~ Having seen Finola back in August, I just had her sign an 8×10 print of us at her 2014 FCW event. For Ian, I brought along an 8×10 of our April photo op, a Twin Peaks 8×10, and my Days of our Lives Better Living book.

Seeing Ian is always like catching up with an old friend. Thanks to our social media interactions, Ian is able to take conversation away from the “business” and talk on a personal level. And Finola, I was shocked, called me by name and before I left, pulled me in for a hug. These stars are the definition of true class.

A special thanks and a happy birthday to Dino at Uncle Vinnie’s, Linda from Coastal, and of course Finola and Ian. I look forward to 2016 and many more great events at Uncle’s Vinnie’s!!!

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Christie Brinkley

I finally caught up to the girl in the red Ferrari. The girl being the timeless beauty and world-renowned supermodel, Christie Brinkley, who tantalized Chevy Chase’s Clark Griswold in the 1983 film, National Lampoon’s Vacation. Christie signed copies of her new book, Timeless Beauty, at Books & Greetings in Northvale, NJ on Thursday, November 12th.

I had dragged my feet about going, but a week prior to the event, called up and got a ticket. I was #47. The evening of the signing, however, they took #’s 1-25, then the next thing I knew, they took anyone who was under #100 and I was up at the table very quickly.

Not going to lie, the line took longer than I had hoped, but that was because Christie was just so amazing with the fans. She personalized, signed extra items, and stood up for all of the photo ops, which turned out amazingly.

Christie Brinkley ~ "Honey, a blonde in a convertible? Seriously?" Christie and her team loved it when I turned up donning my Walley World t-shirt. They took a few photos for the press, and she happily signed my Vacation 8x10.

Christie Brinkley ~ “Honey, a blonde in a convertible? Seriously?” Christie and her team loved it when I turned up donning my Walley World t-shirt. They took a few photos for the press, and she happily signed my Vacation 8×10.

Christie’s boyfriend, legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, John Mellencamp, came along for the ride. John seemed a little apprehensive towards the crowd, and spent the evening next door at Applebee’s.

It was a great night and I am really glad that I went to this one. Thanks to Kenny and the staff at Books & Greetings for another fan-friendly event. And thanks to Christie, who had June Pointer’s “Little Boy Sweet” stuck in my head for the remainder of the week.