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.
At this year’s Texas Frightmare, I got in the short line for Michael Beck. A friend saw me and started talking to me. She later told me she left as she could tell I wasn’t there. I was already somewhere else. Oh, I nodded at the appropriate places in the conversation but there was no sign of intelligence behind my eyes. Nothing was registering. Sadly, I admit that was true.
When I got to stand in front of Beck, this time I knew I had my act together. I selected a photo. I placed it front of him. I mentioned I saw him at SDCC. He leaned back and said that was a long time ago. I smiled and agreed. I mentioned how I lost my cool and was just a fanboy. He smiled. I said I just stood there like an idiot and could barely make a sound. I told him he was very patience with me. He shrugged it off. Then I just stood there. I opened my mouth. I closed my mouth.
Oh no. I was doing it again. Then I said that: Oh no. I was doing it again. He leaned forward to sign my photo. We broke eye contact. He saw the photo I had just gotten from James Remar and the ‘No Wimps’ quote. He didn’t ask me anything. He signed. He added ‘The Best’ above his signature. I picked up the photo and left.
The earworm for that weekend: In The City and the Warriors' Theme