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Meeting Shatner, The Hoff & Lundgren
Posted on 18th December, 2017 - By Jonathan Hezzlewood
For the Love of my Childhood Heroes
Although attending the For the Love of Sci-Fi event was a stressful day, I can safely say that getting to meet three of my childhood heroes; made it all worthwhile. I have now added William Shatner, David Hasselhoff and Dolph Lundgren to the gradually growing list.
So, myself, my brother, Danga (an amalgamation of Dan and manga, for those of you who wondered) and Macky, went with a my son (the GoneFullGeek apprentice) and Macky’s daughter. Setting off around 7:30am, we arrived at the event to find that the “free parking” that had been advertised on social media previously, was in fact… absent.
Still, we parked at the Trafford Centre and proceeded to walk in the light-drizzle – before succumbing to the temptation of a nearby taxi.
After having queued in the damp outside for about 40 minutes; we entered the grounds of the event, to be greeted by various iconic movie and TV show vehicles – some of which appear in Part 1 and Part 2 of my Top 20 Iconic Cars articles.
Here are some photos of the GoneFullGeek apprentices with K.I.T.T. from Knight Rider, the Mystery Machine from Scooby Doo, plus many more…
Then we stepped indoors to meet many great cosplay enthusiasts, and to whet our geeky appetites; by being in the presence of many iconic props from popular movies and television shows – all fan made I might add.
Anyway, lets get to the main attraction. Meeting William Shatner, David Hasselhoff and Dolph Lundgren.
To Boldly Go… to meet Shatner
Now, I’ve grown-up watching William Shatner on the TV. My Dad introduced me to Star Trek: The Original Series; pushing 28 years ago, and I have been a loyal follower of his work ever since.
His portrayal of Captain James Tiberius Kirk was absolutely fantastic, and is still the best today – sorry Chris Pine. I liked all of the Star Trek movies, but – like most other Trekkies – my favourites tend to be the even-numbered entries; The Wrath of Khan, The Voyage Home and The Undiscovered Country.
Now, as iconic as Shatner‘s Kirk is, for me; there is still one performance of his that beats it. For those of you reading, who have been fortunate enough to have watched the legal comedy-drama; Boston Legal, you know which character to which I refer.
That’s right… Denny Crane!
If you haven’t yet seen Boston Legal, then I strongly recommend that you do. It is filled-to-the-brim with great laughs and serious drama, which results in a near-perfect combination of heartfelt story-telling, and highly likeable, realistic characters.
Anyway, first we had our GoneFullGeek t-shirt signed by Denny Crane himself. Below are a few pictures we managed to snap whilst queuing. Unfortunately, the security was rather over-protective and we were told in no uncertain terms “No Photos!” – I’ve bolded the text for dramatic-effect. So now you know how serious they were.
Still, my brother – not really being one for authority – managed to snap a few pics:
Where this Fan Hasn’t Gone Before…
Now, this was my son’s second convention, but the first time he was going to meet someone who he had watched on the TV. He had previously watched William Shatner in a various episodes of the original Star Trek television series (as well as the movies), and had recently been introduced to Boston Legal – suffice it to say, he is now a fan.
We had queued patiently for what must-have been two hours, before getting to the man himself. But once we got to the front, Mr Shatner immediately made a fuss of my son, which – as you can see in the great photograph below – made his day:
I thanked him for his time and told him:
“It’s a pleasure to meet you, Bill.”
To which he replied:
“It’s a pleasure to meet you too.”
I have to admit, prior to attending the event I was concerned about meeting the legendary William Shatner. You know what they say… “Never meet your heroes.” – whoever ‘they’ are.
Yet I can tell you that Mr Shatner was a great person to meet, very polite, friendly and made us feel welcome.
He even replied and quoted our tweet:
This photo came out great.👍🏻 https://t.co/oLfEWvXnl0
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) 2 December 2017
Should you want to meet him, he is currently planned to attend the ‘Destination Star Trek‘ event in Birmingham (in the U.K.) in October 2018. GoneFullGeek will be in attendance, will you?
Off to meet The Hoff
Next up, we have The Hoff. An absolute legend of the 80’s, and still as popular as ever today.
David Hasselhoff is another iconic star of 1980’s television that I grew up watching, and have since passed that on to my son – who is an avid Knight Rider fan. So much so; he has artwork of K.I.T.T. on his bedroom wall.
Although we did queue for three hours and were still unable to get the GoneFullGeek t-shirt signed by the Hoffmeister, my son did manage to meet him, talk with him and get a cracking photo with Michael Knight and K.I.T.T.
Typical of my son, rather than walk up to The Hoff and have his picture taken, he immediately jumps straight into conversation. Now given how busy David was, I was pleasantly surprised that he took the time out to talk to him and tell him about the iconic car.
A real act of kindness, taking the time out to talk with a young fan and Knight Rider enthusiast. An act that all of us at GoneFullGeek are grateful for.
Not only did he show him inside the vehicle, but The Hoff also spoke to K.I.T.T. and – thanks to a guy being sat out of sight behind-the-scenes – K.I.T.T. replied to him, and staying in-character; addressed him as Michael [Knight]. Blown away by having just seen and hear the car reply, my son immediately starts asking K.I.T.T. questions, and the car answered once more. He was absolutely ecstatic after this. Just amazing!
Then, this was topped off by this epic picture of my little lad, with not one; but two of his heroes:
“If he signs. He signs!”
Next we had Dolph Lundgren add his signature to our GoneFullGeek t-shirt. Ivan Drago (of Rocky IV fame) has signed our t-shirt. Wow, that’s pretty cool!
As he began to write his name, all I could think of was his famous quote from Rocky IV, going over-and-over in my head:
“If he dies. He dies!”
I know, sad right?! But, I am a major movie-fan after all, and a bonafide geek – and proud of it.
As a child, say 8 – 10 years old, I had watched Rocky IV repeatedly. Other than that, the only other Lundgren films I can remember watching at such a young age were: Masters of the Universe and Showdown in Little Tokyo.
Since then, I have of course caught-up with his filmography, and can’t wait for him to reprise his role as Ivan Drago in Creed II.
Unfortunately (with limited funds available), we were only able to get an autograph from the boxing brute that is; Dolph Lundgren. But next time, it will be a photograph with the entire GoneFullGeek crew.
Oh, and if you’re curious, you can find out which other movie icons have signed the GFG t-shirt.
Did You Attend ‘For the Love of Sci-Fi’ 2017?
We’d love to know if any of our fellow fans also attended this year’s For the Love of Sci-Fi, and if so; who did you meet?
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