Sci Fi Actors Who Were Kind to Me Personally
I'm not one of those people who goes to Sci Fi Conventions all the time. I'm a lifetime Sci Fi fan who couldn't afford or lived too far away from the major cons to really go. The first con I went to, I was asked to speak, at 49, about the similarities between Spock and Sherlock Holmes. Still, in the five events I've gone to, I had special moments.
- •Grace Lee WhitneyIn 2003, I wrote a fan letter to Grace Lee Whitney, and i mentioned some personal issues I had been dealing with. A lifelong friend had a mental health episode and attacked me with a pipe wrench, leaving me with 78 stitches. To my surprise, she called me at home to see how I was doing. She talked to me for about 20 minutes, giving me advice, asking me questions, and sharing her experiences. She said if I ever came to a convention to please say hi. One of my great regrets was never getting
- •Nichelle NicholsAt my fist big Con, I took a 1968 copy of Ebony magazine with Nichelle on the cover. There was a huge line behind me, but when she saw the magazine she grinned and said this was her favorite cover photo. While she carefully signed it "never sign over the legs" she told me a wonderful story about them hiding Leonard's bike in the rafters of the studio with Christmas lights wrapped around it. She gave me a wonderful memories and totally won my heart.
- •Kate VernonI sat at her table for dinner at a smaller convention I went to, and she couldn't have been more charming and kind. She wanted to know all about us and our stories, and she enjoyed answering our questions about Battlestar Galactica, Star Trek: Axanar, and even her actor father, John Vernon. Later an Ellen Tigh level tipsy Kate said very nice things about my profession and took a cheek-to-cheek selfie with me which made it an awesome convention for me.
- •Brent SpinerI mentioned to Brent Spiner I was doing a comparison of Sherlock Holmes and Spock at a convention, and suddenly I had his full attention. "Really? And what exactly are you comparing?" I mentioned a couple areas before he went on. "Because Sherlock Holmes is one of the greatest characters in Western literature, and Spock is . . . BORING!" He had me giggling like a kid.
- •LeVar BurtonLaVar had just successfully funded his Reading Rainbow Kickstarter, and he had teared up when the entire audience sang the Reading Rainbow song from memory. I told him I had contributed and was a college English teacher, and we had a great talk about the importance of reading at every level of education. A very intelligent and serious man, except when he's teasing Brent Spiner.
- •George TakeiGeorge is so patient. Nearly everyone wanted him to say "Oh, Myyyy!" When I met him, I mentioned I sent a tiny amount to the first fundraiser for Allegiance, and he immediately lit up and became super enthusiastic. He said I MUST come to New York and see it on Broadway, had I heard any of the clips released, etc. I told him the fans knew how personal and important this story was to him, so it was important to us. Got that great George smile and "Thank You".
- •Edward James OlmosHe had no way of knowing, but the day before I met him I found out I had skin cancer. I was really scared and worried, and going to this Con was my last fun before going home and scheduling surgery. I mostly rattled at him foolishly, but when I mentioned I would be meeting Kate Vernon at another convention, his face lit up. "If you're seeing Kate, you're going to have a great time." He was right. The "Hard Six" speech he wrote with his autograph was an inspiration in the weeks that followed.
- •William ShatnerCaptain Kirk was my childhood hero and meeting him a lifetime dream. When I stood before him finally, I said, "I've been a fan of yours my whole life. It's an honor to finally meet you." He stopped signing for just a moment, made brief eye contact, and said, "Thank you. I appreciate that" and the great line moved on. So there's that.