Last Thursday, I drove to Maryland and went to Nostalgia Con. That’s a convention for movie and TV buffs. Major guest stars were Robert Wagner and Stephanie Powers. Ricou Browning was also there.
It’s been quite a few years since I went to a media con, and things have changed and stayed the same. I would have liked to do a drive by and get photos of Robert Wagner and Stephanie Powers (who looks awesome at her age. Very trim and fit). But the layout of the tables only allowed people to stand in line to get an autograph. Photos from those two stars were $40, and if you wanted a shot with them, $60. I might have stood in line for $20-$25, but $40 was out of my price range.
So a few of the celebrities I did get:
First up is me and the Green Guy.
Ed Begley Jr…
This is Ricou Browning. He’s the guy seated at the table. If you don’t recognize the face, that’s probably not surprising. He’s the man who was in the creature suit for the underwater sequences in The Creature from the Black Lagoon. He did those shots holding his breath for four minutes!
He also was on Sea Hunt, Flipper, and did an episode of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea.0
And the creature himself. The post-it is the price. It was $$$$.
The closest I got to Barbara Eden. She was supposed to make an appearance, but cancelled (along with Loni Anderson) due to the hurricane. We just got clouds and some rain.
I stayed only for the day. In that past, I would have cruised the dealer’s room and gotten autographs and photos from as many stars as I could. This time I went to the seminars on films. One that was really good was on The Andy Griffith Show. The presenter was very knowledgeable–they were down to trying to identify two people who were in the background. None of the stars remembered who they were, and they apparently didn’t do anything more than be background players.
Trivia: The Mayberry set was used twice for Star Trek, once in Miri and once in City on the Edge of Forever. Floyd’s Barbershop can be clearly seen in one of the scenes.
Because of what I saw here, I’m starting to watch the Andy Griffith Show again.
And one final picture. This was out in front of the hotel.