Today was the Hollywood Collector’s Show…. And while generally I don’t go for such things… I just hate paying for autographs… I don’t know… I see both sides of the coin, there are some former stars who well… Need the cash and who would never be out and about. And the show gives people the opportunity to see people they grew up with and actually have a moment with them.
See… The thing you have to understand is… I’m a cheap bastard… I don’t like to part with my money… lol… so when I see someone at the show I’m hesitant… But this show was special to me. You see they were having a Laverne and Shirley reunion. Now, I grew up watching this show in reruns all the time. It played at least once a day when I was a small lad.
Last year, I was at an estate sale and picked up a rare original Laverne and Shirley script that was used by Laverne and Shirley star Betty Garrett. So, I thought this would be a perfect place to get it signed. Yep, I was going to bite the bullet.
I went with my friend and after finding parking and going in we immediately ran into a bunch of Mike The Fanboy-ers. Pinky of course was here, but also I Am Not A Stalker’s Lindsay and who was this? Awesome Anushika?!?! Did she come out of hibernation for the shlameel and shlamazel? Nope… It was for The Von Trapp kids reunion from The Sound of Music. Even Suddenly Susan made an appearance!
So, it was a show for everyone!
Walking around I was also super stoked to find a table full of vintage magazines. I was in heaven! My wallet wasn’t lol… Did I mention I was a cheap bastard… Oh yeah, I did.
Then… I did it… I sprung for a photo opp with the entire Laverne and Shirley cast that reunited for the event. It was Cindy Williams, Penny Marshall, Gary Marshall, David Lander, and Eddie Mekka. Not too shabby! Michael McKeon is doing a play in New York so he couldn’t come.
It was pretty fun and the photo came out pretty good. Plus, the cast was happy to sign the photo afterwards.
Speaking of signing, Awesome Anushika was super happy to get the Von Trapp kids. She bought a book and had each of the kids sign it. I took some photos of the line for her.
I also hear that she sprung for the photo with all the kids together. I honestly had no idea that Anushika was such a big fan of The Sound of Music? I mean… Who knew! Maybe she will (cough.. Cough… Finally!) write about her experiences at the show as well.
Then I ran into another Mike The Fanboy-er! Big Mike was here… uh… Admiring the scenery… Yeah, there were some, shall we saw big busted women on display. I suppose there are some people who would love to wear these costumes… but… I don’t know who!
Sammy, Pinky’s dog certainly enjoyed the boobage as well. That reminded me of Mean Girls! LOL…
So, after hanging for a bit I decided to get my script signed. My first stop was Cindy Williams. Cindy had a line all day long, which is natural considering it was a Laverne and Shirley reunion.
Cindy was so kind. She loved the script and even remarked that it was one of her favorite episodes. Cindy Williams even offered to write her character name on the script as well.
Then I went over to Ms. Penny Marshall… Penny has always been a difficult one… lol… With her it’s always kind of like… Get her while you can.
So, I decided to have to sign the script. I asked her if she wouldn’t mind writing her character name underneath and she said, “I would actually, I’m over that stuff.”
I was a tad shocked, but you know… whatever. LOL… I did help some of the staff get some things signed and one fan approached with a movie clapboard and asked Penny to write “Big” on it and Penny said, “why don’t you just write it on there, you probably have better penmanship then I do!” LOL… God bless her! What can you say right?
So, with my signed script in hand and after many hours at the show I said goodbye to the halls of celebrities with banners and booths trying to make a few dollars by signing autographs.
It’s a tad sad honestly… But at the same time it does connect people who are fans with celebrities who they otherwise would never be able to see or share a moment with. So even though someone might blow a couple hundred bucks at the show for a lot of people the memories and autographs are worth it.
Until next time kids…
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