Tag Archive | Diana Canova

Super Megafest Spring Fever Spectacular

After I attended my first New England Super Megafest back in November 2013, I didn’t think I would ever return. The show was crammed, unorganized, had major communication flaws, long lines, and very little guests allowed table photos. However, I am happy to report that on Saturday, April 18, I attended their Spring Fever Spectacular and had a great time. Now held at the Royal Plaza Trade Center in Marlborough MA, the lines flowed smoothly, there was no congestion whatsoever, and I for one didn’t break a sweat. Whatever plan they used, I hope they stick to it.

I went in only needing to see two guests, Erik Estrada and Katherine Helmond. I feared prices would be high and photos wouldn’t be allowed like last time, so I didn’t see myself being there for very long. Luckily, everyone was posing for table photos and prices were very reasonable allowing me to get a few more added bonuses.

Erik Estrada ~ Best known for his role of Officer Frank 'Ponch' Poncherello on "CHiPs". Erik was a sweetheart. The women were all over him and to us men, he was one of the guys. Really took time to make his fans feel welcomed and like a friend.

Erik Estrada ~ Best known for his role of Officer Frank ‘Ponch’ Poncherello on “CHiPs”. Erik was a sweetheart. The women were all over him and to us men, he was one of the guys. Really took time to make his fans feel welcomed and like a friend.

Katherine Helmond ~ Known for her decades of contribution to the sitcom genre, the "Soap," "Who's the Boss?" "Coach," and "Everybody Loves Raymond" star was funny, sly, and joked about the pains of growing old. If all goes according to plan, she'll reprise her role of Doris Sherman on the upcoming NBC revival of "Coach."

Katherine Helmond ~ Known for her decades of contribution to the sitcom genre, the star of “Soap,” “Who’s the Boss?” “Coach,” and “Everybody Loves Raymond” was funny, sly, and joked about the pains of growing old. If all goes according to plan, she’ll reprise her role of Doris Sherman on the upcoming NBC revival of “Coach.”

Diana Canova ~ Seated next to her television mother, I had previously met Diana at the last Chiller show, but only dropped money for an autograph. This time, I went for a photo op. After three photos of blinking, we finally shot the flash off and captured this beauty.

Diana Canova ~ Seated next to her television mother, I had previously met Diana at the last Chiller show, but only dropped money for an autograph. This time, I went for a photo op. After three photos of blinking, we finally shot the flash off and captured this beauty.

Ken Page ~ The voice of Oogie Boogie in Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas, I've seen Ken at many shows before, but have never met him. I guess I was on a roll of impulse doing and finally did so today.

Ken Page ~ The voice of Oogie Boogie in Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, I’ve seen Ken at many shows before, but have never met him. I guess I was on a roll of impulse doing and finally did so today.

Maria Kanellis ~ Any of my regular readers will recognize this Ring of Honor valet and former WWE Diva. Whenever I see her, I just have to get a new photo.

Maria Kanellis ~ Any of my regular readers will recognize this Ring of Honor valet and former WWE Diva. Whenever I see her, I just have to get a new photo.

All in all, a great time was had. I managed to be out of there and back on the road after just an hour, and no only does that include time spent with the above celebrities, but also browsing through the vendors’ area and catching up with many great friends whom I haven’t seen in months.

Advertisements

Chiller Theatre Halloween Show 2014

Just got back from one of my favorite autograph shows, the semi-annual Chiller Theatre Expo held over at the Sheraton Parsippany Hotel. While last year was a hot mess, this year’s Chiller ran smoothly with no bumps in the road, at least none that effected this attendee. As usual, I had a pre-show ticket, got in at 5, and was out by 9. Most of my time was not spent on lines, but rather chatting with friends, some of whom I only get to see a handful of times a year.

Going in, I didn’t really have a game plan. I had a budget and some must-haves, but other than that, there were a lot of good guests at this show. The biggest draws were Academy Award winning actress Tatum O’Neal, WWE Legend Hulk Hogan, the cast of “Happy Days”, and Teri Garr in her very first convention appearance. Prices were pretty steep, and some of the guests thought way too highly of themselves and charged flat-out outrageous prices, but all-in-all, they provided a positive experience and lifelong memories.

I started out in the Troy Hills Room, which for me housed most of the guests I really wanted to see. Following my time in there, I made it around to the other rooms and gathered the remaining handful of signatures and/or pictures that I needed.

Cindy Williams ~ Known for her roles in American Graffiti and on "Laverne & Shirley," I had Cindy finish up an 8x10 that Penny Marshall had previously signed. When I showed this picture to Cindy for her to review, she quipped, "There are so many bad pictures of me on the internet, I don't care how I look." As the night went on, Cindy was not the only one with this motto.

Cindy Williams ~ Known for her roles in American Graffiti and on “Laverne & Shirley,” I had Cindy finish up an 8×10 that Penny Marshall had previously signed. When I showed this picture to Cindy for her to review, she quipped, “There are so many bad pictures of me on the internet, I don’t care how I look.” As the night went on, Cindy was not the only one with this motto.

Marion Ross ~ The always endearing Mrs. C on "Happy Days," Marion came across country to do this show on the weekend of her 87th birthday. Looking decades younger, she was exactly how you would expect Mrs. C to be.

Marion Ross ~ The always endearing Mrs. C on “Happy Days,” Marion came across country to do this show on the weekend of her 87th birthday. Looking decades younger, she was exactly how you would expect Mrs. C to be.

Lesley Ann Warren ~ Having already met Lesley, I went in needing just a photo with her. That all changed though when I saw a lovely 8x10 of her as Cinderella with every GH fan's favorite Prince Charming, Stuart Damon. Oh and about the camera adding 10 lbs, it's true. Lesley's waist is about the size of my ankle.

Lesley Ann Warren ~ Having already met Lesley, I went in needing just a photo with her. That all changed though when I saw a lovely 8×10 of her as Cinderella with every GH fan’s favorite Prince Charming, Stuart Damon. Oh and about the camera adding 10 lbs, it’s true. Lesley’s waist is about the size of my ankle.

Teri Garr ~ This blonde bombshell, battling multiple sclerosis for over a decade now, made her first convention appearance thanks to the always amazing Karen Cadle. I already obtained an autograph from Teri, so I just had my photo taken, providing her hand with a much needed rest.

Teri Garr ~ This blonde bombshell, battling multiple sclerosis for over a decade now, made her first convention appearance thanks to the always amazing Karen Cadle. I already obtained an autograph from Teri, so I just had my photo taken, providing her hand with a much needed rest.

Jimmy McNichol ~ Jimmy attended the show with his sister, "Empty Nest" star Kristy McNichol. Honestly, Jimmy's work was before my time, but he appeared as Josh Clayton on my favorite show, "General Hospital," so I just had to get an 8x10 for my GH collection.

Jimmy McNichol ~ Jimmy attended the show with his sister, “Empty Nest” star Kristy McNichol. Honestly, Jimmy’s work was before my time, but he appeared as Josh Clayton on my favorite show, “General Hospital,” so I just had to get an 8×10 for my GH collection.

Tony Orlando ~ What can be said about this legend? He was just terrific. A guy that thanked his fans for coming out and acknowledging the fact that without us, he wouldn't be here. We fondly recalled the time I saw him in Long Island with Don Rickles. As he said at the time, "It used to be Tony Orlando and Dawn, now it's Tony Orlando and Don."

Tony Orlando ~ What can be said about this legend? He was just terrific. A guy that thanked his fans for coming out and acknowledging the fact that without us, he wouldn’t be here. We fondly recalled the time I saw him in Long Island with Don Rickles. As he said at the time, “It used to be Tony Orlando and Dawn, now it’s Tony Orlando and Don.”

Tatum O'Neal ~ The youngest person to win an Academy Award, Tatum signed me an 8x10 of her in The Bad News Bears with one of my favorite stars of all-time, Walter Matthau. Unlike the other female stars, Tatum was very picky about the way she was photographed, and in the end, she looks damn good for 50.

Tatum O’Neal ~ The youngest person to win an Academy Award, Tatum signed me an 8×10 of her in The Bad News Bears with one of my favorite stars of all-time, Walter Matthau. Unlike the other female stars, Tatum was very picky about the way she was photographed, and in the end, she looks damn good for 50.

Dawn Wells ~ Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale...Alrighty, so I met Dawn at my first Chiller, but I was a huge "Gilligan's Island" fan when I was a kid, so I didn't mind dropping some money on her again. We had a lovely conversation and caught up just as old friends would. Oh, and when it comes to the biggest dilemma, Ginger or Mary Ann, the latter has my vote.

Dawn Wells ~ Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale…Alrighty, so I met Dawn at my first Chiller, but I was a huge “Gilligan’s Island” fan when I was a kid, so I didn’t mind dropping some money on her again. We had a lovely conversation and caught up just as old friends would. Oh, and when it comes to the biggest dilemma, Ginger or Mary Ann, the latter has my vote.

Sally Kellerman ~ Just before leaving, I caved and got one last person, and I guess you could say I saved the best for last. While I only know a few key components of Sally's work, he had a great time joking around with each other. When I showed her this picture for approval, she said, "I don't look at pictures of myself. Why ruin a perfectly good day?" I had to disagree with her. She looks terrific.

Sally Kellerman ~ Just before leaving, I caved and got one last person, and I guess you could say I saved the best for last. While I only know a few key components of Sally’s work, he had a great time joking around with each other. When I showed her this picture for approval, she said, “I don’t look at pictures of myself. Why ruin a perfectly good day?” I had to disagree with her. She looks terrific.

Throughout the course of the night, I also obtained autographs of “Soap” star Diana Canova, making her first convention appearance; Jodi Lyn O’Keefe, the dumbwaiter victim of Michael Myers in Halloween: H20; and for my good friend Wayne, “Good Times” star Ralph Carter, and “The Waltons” eldest daughter, Judy Norton.

A special thanks to Kevin Clement and the rest of his staff. As crazy as Chiller is, it never stresses me out. Already looking forward to the next one!!!