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Chiller Theatre Spring Spectacular

My favorite show of the year came and went in just two jam-packed hours. Twice a year, I make the 30 minute drive over to the Sheraton Parsippany Hotel for the bi-annual Chiller Theatre Expo. I believe this was the 25th Chiller show, and had quite the enviable guest list. First appearances, old favorites, and of course the usual lineup of convention circuit regulars. Award-winning actress Ann-Margret and Mike Nesmith of The Monkees headlined the show, with second billing going to film & television stars to span the decades, as well as enough professional wrestlers to hold a battle royal.

As usual, I purchased a preshow ticket and got in at 5 o’clock. Almost all of the stars were already stationed at their tables, price lists up, and Sharpies in hand. The crowds were light, allowing traffic and air to flow smoothly. I came in, got pictures & signatures from everyone I needed, did plenty of socializing, had a hot dog, and still made it out in two hours.

Gavin MacLeod ~ Star of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and "The Love Boat," Gavin clearly came dressed for the occasion. A dear man with time and story to tell for every fan who came to his table. He highly recommends his book, This Is Your Captain Speaking.

Gavin MacLeod ~ Star of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “The Love Boat,” Gavin clearly came dressed for the occasion. A dear man with time and story to tell for every fan who came to his table. He highly recommends his book, This Is Your Captain Speaking.

Richard Karn ~ Longtime host of "Family Feud," and Tim Allen's sidekick Al on "Home Improvement," Richard a slew of great photos from the latter series. You can see a bit of a photobomb from Gilbert Gottfried, who when Richard introduced himself as Gilbert's neighbor, he comedian asked if he needed a fence up to his nose, a reference to "Home Improvement" neighbor Wilson.

Richard Karn ~ Longtime host of “Family Feud,” and Tim Allen’s sidekick Al on “Home Improvement,” Richard had a slew of great photos from the latter series. You can see a bit of a photobomb from Gilbert Gottfried, who when Richard introduced himself as Gilbert’s neighbor, the comedian asked if he needed a fence up to his nose, a reference to “Home Improvement” neighbor Wilson.

John Schneider ~ Yet another notch in my belt when it comes down to collecting the cast of "The Dukes of Hazzard." When I remarked at John's height and that he wasn't a little old man like most of the stars I meet, he said, "No, I'm just a tall old man."

John Schneider ~ Yet another notch in my belt when it comes down to collecting the cast of “The Dukes of Hazzard.” When I remarked at John’s height and that he wasn’t a little old man like most of the stars I meet, he said, “No, I’m just a tall old man.”

Vanessa Marcil ~ One of the prettiest leading ladies "General Hospital" ever had, I met Vanessa only once a number of years ago, and I've stockpiled quite a bit of memorabilia in the meantime. I narrowed it down and had her sign a few key pieces. Such a sweetheart, and just absolutely gorgeous.

Vanessa Marcil ~ One of the prettiest leading ladies “General Hospital” ever had, I met Vanessa only once a number of years ago, and I’ve stockpiled quite a bit of memorabilia in the meantime. I narrowed it down and had her sign a few key pieces. And considering I weighed over 200 lbs. and she was pregnant for our last encounter, I figured it was time for an updated photo. Such a sweetheart, and just absolutely gorgeous.

Miss Michael Learned ~ The beloved mother Olivia Walton on "The Waltons," this Emmy winner was gracious, and so sweet. One of those stars that I naturally just felt comfortable chatting with. She happily recalled her time working on "General Hospital."

Miss Michael Learned ~ The beloved mother Olivia Walton on “The Waltons,” this Emmy winner was gracious, and so sweet. One of those stars that I naturally just felt comfortable chatting with. She happily recalled her time working on “General Hospital.”

Don Most & Anson Williams ~ The "Happy Days" duo of Ralph & Potsie was great when it came to photo ops. They did individual photos for everyone and then a group photo. Great guys with great stories, and you can hear all about their days on the legendary ABC sitcom in Anson's book, Singing to a Bulldog.

Don Most & Anson Williams ~ The “Happy Days” duo of Ralph & Potsie was great when it came to photo ops. They did individual photos for everyone and then a group photo. Great guys with great stories, and you can hear all about their days on the legendary ABC sitcom in Anson’s book, Singing to a Bulldog.

Robert Colbert ~ Appearing alongside his costars from "The Time Tunnel," I got Robert for his role of Stuart Brooks on "The Young and the Restless." An original cast member on the long-running soap opera, if it weren't for Robert's ten-year contribution to the series, who knows if it would have made it to where it is today.

Robert Colbert ~ Appearing alongside his costars from “The Time Tunnel,” I got Robert for his role of Stuart Brooks on “The Young and the Restless.” An original cast member on the long-running soap opera, if it weren’t for Robert’s ten-year contribution to the series, who knows if it would have made it to where it is today.

Rip Torn ~ "If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball," the words immortalized by Torn's character Patches O'Houlihan in Dodgeball. Sadly, Torn appeared to be quite ill, but in good spirits. Kudos to him for coming out to meet the legions of fans who lined up this weekend.

Rip Torn ~ “If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball,” the words immortalized by Torn’s character Patches O’Houlihan in Dodgeball. Sadly, the 84 year old appeared to be quite ill, but in good spirits. Kudos to him for coming out to meet the legions of fans who lined up this weekend.

Mindy Sterling ~ Known to my generation as Frau Farbissina, Dr. Evil's lesbian henchwoman in the Austin Powers series, Mindy has done a number of series and brought to life over 100 characters, several of which she imitated for me tonight.

Mindy Sterling ~ Known to my generation as Frau Farbissina, Dr. Evil’s lesbian henchwoman in the Austin Powers series, Mindy has done a number of series and brought to life over 100 characters, several of which she imitated for me tonight.

Michael Cole ~ Star of "The Mod Squad," and also a "General Hospital" alum, regular readers will know I became acquainted with Michael and his wife, Shelley, through my good friend Wayne. It was great to see them both again and they were ever so gracious. Cannot stress how good of people they both are.

Michael Cole ~ Star of “The Mod Squad,” and also a “General Hospital” alum, regular readers will know I became acquainted with Michael and his wife, Shelley, through my good friend Wayne. It was great to see them both again and they were ever so gracious. Cannot stress enough how good of people they both are.

Brian Knobbs ~ Part of the professional wrestling tagteam, the Nasty Boys, many will remember Knobbs as Hulk Hogan's fun-loving sidekick on "Hogan Knows Best" and its followup series "Brooke Knows Best." Knobbs had fun with the photo ops, going as far as providing a costume.

Brian Knobbs ~ Part of the professional wrestling tagteam, the Nasty Boys, many will remember Knobbs as Hulk Hogan’s fun-loving sidekick on “Hogan Knows Best” and its followup series “Brooke Knows Best.” Knobbs had fun with the photo ops, going as far as providing a costume.

Wesley Eure ~ Didn't originally plan on getting Wesley, star of "Land of the Lost," but he was happy to comply when I said I wanted to send a picture to his "Days of our Lives" relations Bill & Susan Hayes who are vacationing in Virginia Beach.

Wesley Eure ~ Didn’t originally plan on getting Wesley, star of “Land of the Lost,” but he was happy to comply when I said I wanted to send a picture to his “Days of our Lives” relations Bill & Susan Hayes who are vacationing in Virginia Beach.

Overall, it was a great show as always. Couldn’t believe how fast I finished up in there. Again, a special thanks to Kevin Clement, his Chiller staff, and to all of the stars who travel from literally all corners of the world to spend the weekend with their fans.

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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 2013- Part 4

Sunday was probably the busiest of days for me, and the day that I felt was most dedicated to celebrating 50 years of GH. Starting off the morning was Breakfast with Genie Francis. This was Genie’s first event and while added on fairly late in the game, it sold out, and I believe was the first event to do so. I felt bad, her event overlapped Haley Pullos’ annual event, and while usually very popular, it took a huge hit in attendance. I had foolishly opted to sleep in when Genie appeared at our local Sears back in 2006, so for me, meeting her was a longtime coming. Her husband, Jonathan Frakes, also popped in towards the end to give her a ride home. This event was run by Sheri Evans of soapstarfanevents.com.

Genie Francis (Laura Spencer Baldwin) ~ I think when it comes to celebrating 50 years, Genie's event stood true to the fact. Having been there on and off since '76, she certainly covered all of the basics and key players during her Q&A.

Genie Francis (Laura Spencer Baldwin) ~ I think when it comes to celebrating 50 years, Genie’s event stood true to the fact. Having been there on and off since ’76, she certainly covered all of the basics and key players during her Q&A.

To mark the 50th Anniversary, the highly popular Past Cast Reunion returned. Last held for the 45th Anniversary, this event included stars from GH, Port Charles, & Night Shift. Attending stars included Rachel Ames (Audrey), Sam Behrens (Jake), Angel Boris Reed (Angel), Tamara Braun (Carly), Brianna Brown (Lisa), Susan Brown (Gail), Christine Carlo (Leticia), Dylan Cash (Michael), Maree Cheatham (Charlene), Michael Cole (Harlan), Michael Dietz (Joe), Josh Duhon (Logan), Scott Egan (Johnny), Kiko Ellsworth (Stan/Jamal) Brian Gaskill (Rafe), Michael Gregory (Rick), Adam Grimes (Kyle), Peter Hansen (Lee), Vanita Harbour (Dara), Rick Hearst (Ric), Gerald Hopkins (AJ), Wally Kurth (Ned), Edie Lehmann Boddicker (Katherine), Lindze Letherman (Georgie), Jen Lilley (Maxie), Ronnie Marmo (Ronnie), Lilly Melgar (Lily), Rick Moses (Hutch), Hugo Napier (Larry), Cynthia Preston (Faith), John Reilly (Sean), Cheryl Richardson Smith (Jenny), Chris Robinson (Rick), Rebecca Staab (Elizabeth), Julian Stone (Jerry), Gregory Zarian (Julius), & Jacklyn Zeman (Bobbie). One of the nice things about this event was that my friend Wayne came along with his friend Michael Cole, so I got to see him for a change.

Prior to the start of the event, one of the ladies at my table returned to say Cynthia Preston was outside telling security that someone was feeling faint. Knowing that Ames, Brown, and Hansen were all present, this had me a little worried, so I went to go check things out. The excitement was over a fan throwing up in the bathroom allocated for the stars’ use. At this point, Peter too had ventured out of the green room to find out what was going on. He remarked at how cool and quiet the lobby area was. “I’m 91 and it’s loud!!!” He ushered for Rachel and Susan to join him. Jim Warren spotted me watching this transpire and asked me to look after them until the event got underway. I was honored. I quick texted Mom and she came out with the camera to capture this historic shot, one I later heard called “the best pic of the FCW.” This trio of legends would not be staying for the meet and greet, so this was the only chance to see them. I remained with them until the rest of the cast came out for the event to start.

Longtime stars Rachel Ames (Audrey Hardy), Susan Brown (Dr. Gail Baldwin), & Peter Hansen (Lee Baldwin) did not stay long, but I managed to get this picture before the event began.

Rachel Ames (Audrey Hardy), Susan Brown (Dr. Gail Baldwin), and Peter Hansen (Lee Baldwin) ~ It doesn’t matter that these stars came before my time. They laid the groundwork for the show that we have all come to know and love, and if it was not for them, who’s to say GH would have even turned 50?

The meet and greet for this event was just as crazy as Saturday’s main event. Lines for Hearst, Kurth, Letherman, Reilly, and Zeman stretched across the ballroom. Luckily, Mom and I tagged team, and we were able to knock out quite a number of stars. Not everybody, but we put in a good dent.

Lindze Letherman (Georgie Jones) ~ Lindze made that fatal error of saying she had to be at work by 4, so her line grew the fastest. Luckily, her signing table was right next to where my seat was, so I was second in line.

Lindze Letherman (Georgie Jones) ~ Lindze made that fatal error of saying she had to be at work by 4, so her line grew the fastest. Luckily, her signing table was right next to where my seat was, so I was second in line.

Hugo Napier (Lord Larry Ashton) ~ Hugo was sort of like the roaming ambassador. He said he didn't do sitting very well, so he walked around and met the fans while they stood in other lines.

Hugo Napier (Lord Larry Ashton) ~ Hugo was sort of like the roaming ambassador. He said he didn’t do sitting very well, so he walked around and met the fans while they stood in other lines.

Maree Cheatham (Charlene Simpson) ~ Lucy's wacky aunt was just as fun loving in person as onscreen. Easily one of the fan favorites, and favorites among the cast.

Maree Cheatham (Charlene Simpson) ~ Lucy’s wacky aunt was just as fun loving in person as onscreen. Easily one of the fan favorites, and favorites among the cast.

Gerald Hopkins (AJ Quartermaine) ~ Gerald was part of my favorite family, so I just gotta love him. Plus, he had free 8x10s. Score.

Gerald Hopkins (AJ Quartermaine) ~ Gerald was part of my favorite family, so I just gotta love him. Plus, he had free 8x10s. Score.

Cheryl Richardson Smith (Jenny Eckert Hornsby) ~ Cheryl was a sweetheart, and while I know the Eckerts never quite hit it off with the fans, Cheryl hit it off with me.

Cheryl Richardson Smith (Jenny Eckert Hornsby) ~ Cheryl was a sweetheart, and while I know the Eckerts never quite hit it off with the fans, Cheryl hit it off with me.

Rebecca Staab (Elizabeth Barrington) ~ I had gotten a photo with Rebecca at Saturday's Main Event, but today she had 8x10s, so I got one of those and another photo.

Rebecca Staab (Elizabeth Barrington) ~ I had gotten a photo with Rebecca at Saturday’s Main Event, but today she had 8x10s, so I got one of those and another photo.

Wally Kurth (Ned Ashton) ~ Wally, who hosted the event, was just so grateful to be there. He read messages from costars unable to attend, and gleamed when I had him sign a Quartermaine photo. "So many memories on that set...," he said voice trailing off.

Wally Kurth (Ned Ashton) ~ Wally, who hosted the event, was just so grateful to be there. He read messages from costars unable to attend, and gleamed when I had him sign a Quartermaine photo. “So many memories on that set…,” he said voice trailing off.

Rick Moses (Jefferson Smith 'Hutch' Hutchins) ~ Ok, Rick is probably the cast member who has changed the most since his GH days, but he was a cool guy. Quiet, but very appreciative.

Rick Moses (Jefferson Smith ‘Hutch’ Hutchins) ~ Ok, Rick is probably the cast member who has changed the most since his GH days, but he was a cool guy. Quiet, but very appreciative.

Gregory Zarian (Julius) ~ The man did one show and could not have been more popular with the ladies. They were crawling all over him, and he seemingly loved it.

Gregory Zarian (Julius) ~ The man did one show and could not have been more popular with the ladies. They were crawling all over him, and he seemingly loved it.

Scott Egan (Johnny O'Brien) ~ Talk about a small world and tight-knit GH community, Scott is Angel's son's soccer coach.

Scott Egan (Johnny O’Brien) ~ Talk about a small world and tight-knit GH community, Scott is Angel’s son’s soccer coach.

Adam Grimes (Dr. Kyle Julian) ~ Adam was the sole representative from Night Shift, so while he may have felt a bit left out, he never let on. Had a great relationship with the fans.

Adam Grimes (Dr. Kyle Julian) ~ Adam was the sole representative from Night Shift, so while he may have felt a bit left out, he never let on. Had a great relationship with the fans.

Edie Lehmann (Katherine Delafield) ~ I think Edie may have been drinking a little bit, but she was having so much fun and loved chatting with the fans, it was hard to leave her.

Edie Lehmann (Katherine Delafield) ~ I think Edie may have been drinking a little bit, but she was having so much fun and loved chatting with the fans, it was hard to leave her.

John Reilly (Sean Donely) ~ I think by the time I made my way over to him, this former stalwart was starting to get worn out, but always the gentleman, John stuck it out well past closing time.

John Reilly (Sean Donely) ~ I think by the time I made my way over to him, this former stalwart was starting to get worn out, but always the gentleman, John stuck it out well past closing time.

Chris Robinson (Dr. Rick Webber) ~ His predecessor Michael Gregory had departed by the time I made it over to their table, but it gave me more time to chat with Chris who had cleaned out his closet and was selling much of his GH memorabilia.

Chris Robinson (Dr. Rick Webber) ~ His predecessor Michael Gregory had departed by the time I made it over to their table, but it gave me more time to chat with Chris who had cleaned out his closet and was selling much of his GH memorabilia.

Sam Behrens (Jake Meyer) ~ Sam took his rightful place next to Jacklyn Zeman, representing the ex-husbands of Bobbie Spencer.

Sam Behrens (Jake Meyer) ~ Sam took his rightful place next to Jacklyn Zeman, representing the ex-husbands of Bobbie Spencer.

Michael Cole (Harlan Barrett) ~ Michael came along with my buddy Wayne, so I got to meet him outside before the event. Ever popular with attendees for his role on The Mod Squad, Michael had various photos available for the fans to take.

Michael Cole (Harlan Barrett) ~ Michael came along with my buddy Wayne, so I got to meet him outside before the event. Ever popular with attendees for his role on The Mod Squad, Michael had various photos available for the fans to take.

Jacklyn Zeman (Bobbie Spencer) ~ Paging Nurse Bobbie Spencer! This is my favorite shot of Jackie and I over the years. She's an angel, and I call her my Bergen County girl.

Jacklyn Zeman (Bobbie Spencer) ~ Paging Nurse Bobbie Spencer! This is my favorite shot of Jackie and I over the years. She’s an angel, and I call her my Bergen County girl.

Immediately following the Past Cast event, I escorted Jackie Zeman over to an event hosted by Kin Shriner, one I was looking most forward to. The guy’s a legend. I had heard many negative stories about Kin, but he has always been very good to me. His event was filled with special guests and great stories. Photographer Jim Warren ran this event. In addition to Jackie, Michael Cole and Josh Duhon also came in to surprise Kin. Josh stuck around for the meet & greet, so I grabbed a signed photo, as I had passed up a autograph from him on Thursday evening.

Kin Shriner (Scott Baldwin) ~ The man, the myth, the legend. While he's not always bearing a smile, Kin loves regaling the fans with stories from his 35+ years associated with the show.

Kin Shriner (Scott Baldwin) ~ The man, the myth, the legend. While he’s not always bearing a smile, Kin loves regaling the fans with stories from his 35+ years associated with the show.

As soon as Kin’s event was over, I headed over to an event hosted by Tyler Christopher. Originally, I had no intention of going to this event, but when Stephen Nichols was announced as the special guest the morning of, I quickly bought a ticket. I made to this event in time for autographs & pictures. I was perfectly fine with missing the Q&A because I’ve never really found Tyler’s events to be particularly interesting. This was another event run by Sheri Evans.

Tyler Christopher (Nikolas Cassadine) ~ It's been years, and I've never gotten a photo with Tyler that I like. Oh well, maybe next year.

Tyler Christopher (Nikolas Cassadine) ~ It’s been years, and I’ve never gotten a photo with Tyler that I like. Oh well, maybe next year.

Stephen Nichols (Stefan Cassadine) ~ This guy is freaking legend. He's Patch! It was great to meet Stephen, even when he's 85, he'll still have the potential to be a leading man.

Stephen Nichols (Stefan Cassadine) ~ This guy is freaking legend. He’s Patch! It was great to meet Stephen, even when he’s 85, he’ll still have the potential to be a leading man.

There were a lot of other events on Sunday. Bradford Anderson & Brandon Barash’s event overlapped with Kin’s and Tyler’s. Then later on, there was a Girls Night In hosted by Teresa Castillo and Emily Wilson. And also an intimate concert with Scott Reeves dubbed Nashville Nights. After Tyler’s, I witnessed a bus crash in front of the hotel, something that would occur at a GH function, and then had a nice dinner down the road at Jerry’s. And I believe I actually got a good sleep. Only one more day…

Part One (Thursday): https://ericscelebrityencounters.wordpress.com/2013/09/18/general-hospital-fan-club-weekend-2013-part-1/

Part Two (Friday): https://ericscelebrityencounters.wordpress.com/2013/09/18/general-hospital-fan-club-weekend-2013-part-2/

Part Three (Saturday): https://ericscelebrityencounters.wordpress.com/2013/09/18/general-hospital-fan-club-weekend-part-3/

Part Five (Monday): https://ericscelebrityencounters.wordpress.com/2013/09/18/general-hospital-fan-club-weekend-2013-part-5/