The soap opera fan in me was very happy when NJ staple Bookends announced the February 7th appearance of Eric Braeden – the iconic actor who portrays Victor Newman on The Young & the Restless. While I’m far from a regular Y&R viewer, everyone who watches a soap knows Victor Newman. And Braeden has made numerous blockbuster film appearances. He was Dr. Otto Hasslein in Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971) and John Jacob Astor IV in Titanic (1997).
I obtained a signed 8×10 from Braeden through the mail a few years ago, so this night I was only looking for a photo op, which he graciously did for each member of the crowd. He was seated for most of the night, but just before I got to him, he stood up, which I believe made for a better photo.
As always, a huge thank you to Walter and the staff of Bookends for bringing in their first of what I am sure will be dozens of icons for 2017.