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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Michael Beck Texas Frightmare 2016

In the past, I have admitted that now and then I have ‘fanboyed out’ and lost my suave James Bond demeanor as I got a signature.  It doesn’t happen often but it does occur.  Michael Beck has done that to me twice. 

Think about that for a moment.  While extremely excited, I was able to converse with Tom Cruise and Hugh Jackman.  Denzal Washington put me on my heels but I made him laugh at the end. I think I conducted myself well with Ray Bradbury, George RR Martin, and Tom Clancy. George Bush, Jimmy Carter, and Buzz Aldrin? A piece of cake.  However, I have geeked out twice with Michael Beck.

I first got his autograph 8 years ago at SDCC. There was no line and I just walked up. It started off well: I said hello.

Then it fell apart.  I babbled about how much I loved the movie, The Warriors.  Well, I think I’m being generous with the word ‘babbled’.  I think I uttered a syllable every few seconds.  He was kind and said to take my time and I did take my time. However, I didn’t say anything else.  I took my photo and left.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

James Remar Texas Frightmare 2016

I have no right to say the movie The Warriors is meaningful to me.  I have no right to say it ‘speaks’ to me.  I shouldn’t say that I ‘get’ it.  Or even that I find it inspiring.

I’m an lower middle class kid from a homogenous small town.  I didn’t need to be in a gang to survive. I never got in a fight where weapons were needed. Yet the movie is a favorite.  A big favorite.  In college, we adapted a line from the movie:  When we see the ocean, we figure we’re home; we’re safe…my fellow dorm mates and I changed that to: when I see the Stadium, I think I’m home, I’m safe.  That won’t mean anything to anyone who didn’t live in the dorm that was in the football stadium.

James Remar has been in a lot of movie and shows I’ve seen. When I see him I always think of Ajax.  He signed for me. In a giddy way, I mentioned I loved his ‘wimps’ line in the movie.  So he added to the photo.


Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Lance Guest Texas Frightmare 2016

The movie, the Last Starfighter was never on my radar back in 1984.  However, a friend’s girlfriend wanted to see it. So a bunch of us crowded in my rusty Vega and drive to the theater on one of my rare trips back to Jersey.  I’ll admit it was cute movie. The company I kept was probably the bigger influence on my opinion.

Since this was something that had some fun memories, I knew I needed to use this opportunity to get Lance Guest’s signature.  It was quick. He was nice. I got the autograph and moved on.


Monday, May 23, 2016

Matthew Lillard Texas Frightmare 2016

This autograph took 2 line attempts.  The first time was just after David Arquette.  I spent about an hour in line and then had to give up as Matthew Lillard left to do photo ops.  I came back later, before he finished his photo op, hoping to get a jump on the line.  I didn’t.  A bunch of people were already there. However, when Matthew did come back, he gave me and others near me 'high fives'. He also told us we’d have a long wait. He didn’t lie.

He spent time with everyone.  He sat on the front of the table.  He’d signed, chatted, and he posed for photos.  It was not a rushed experience.  He laughed and smiled and asked questions.  After he signed for me, he rushed to the back of the line and high fived people and apologized for taking so long. He joked with the people and raised everyone’s energy levels. Then he rushed back to his table.


Friday, May 20, 2016

David Arquette Texas Frightmare 2016

I expected the longest line and most time spent waiting in line to be with David Arquette.  While it wasn’t the longest line of the night, it was a nice wait.  Several people in front were getting a lot of items signed. The guy immediately in front of me had a laundry list for various fans that could not attend the show.

As I was waiting, I heard David mention he needed to take a break.  He said just a few more people.  That was not going to include me. I was figuring on a 30 minute break.  However, after the ‘few’ passed, David looked up and saw a child in line behind me.  He recanted and said after he signed for the little one, he’d take a break. That was very nice of him to think of the kids.

David was nice, told me he loved Dallas and that I looked like I just came from work.  I got the impression he thought I was cosplaying in a white shirt and tie. I said I really had driven straight from the office.  I had my laptop in the backpack.  I thanked him and left so the kid could his autograph.