Fan Fare

June 3, 2007

It is no secret that I’m not a tv watcher. I’ve made mention of that fact many times. I have also admitted that the only show I DO like to watch is General Hospital. I’ve been tuning in to that program off and on for many years now.

Several months ago, a new character was introduced – Damian Spinelli, played by the talented actor, Bradford Anderson. http://bradfordanderson.org/ Although the initial reaction to this character seemed to be mostly negative, he hit a homerun with me right off the bat. To his credit, Bradford Anderson quickly won over the rest of the audience, and his well-deserved popularity has been growing by leaps and bounds.  

After meeting Bradford Anderson at his very first solo fan event at The Marriott in NYC yesterday, I not only have great respect and appreciation for him as an actor, but as a person, as well. This young man is energetic, funny, charming, adorable, and friendly.

At one point, I spoke to his mother (I remarked to her that I have the same shirt she was wearing), and she told me that Bradford is a genuinely nice person. His friendliness is not just an act; it’s the real thing. I believe her. Bradford was exceptionally gracious.

After a question and answer session (during which I asked about the role Billy Dee Williams will play on the GH spin-off, “Night Shift”), Bradford went around to each table. He spoke to and posed with every single person. When I thanked him, he said, “No, no. It’s my pleasure. Thank YOU!” His kindness and sincerity bowled me over.

This kind of thing is not something I would normally do. Back in the day, I would have moved mountains to meet certain rock stars, but, at present, I can’t think of any celebrity I would go to any great lengths to meet. Well, okay, maybe Antonio Banderas, but that’s it.

I don’t know what exactly it is about Bradford Anderson, but he’s made quite an impression on me. So, when I heard about the event at the Marriott, I posted a comment on his MySpace page saying I’d love to attend, but didn’t want to go alone. Shortly afterwards, I received a response from a young woman in Rhode Island. Allison wrote to say that she and her mother would be attending the event, and I was welcome to join them. This generous offer blew me away.

I made the decision to go, and convinced my daughter, Rebecca, to accompany me. There were a few hassles along the way (in reference to incorrect information in my confirmation letter). Allison was always there to offer support and encouragement. I am so grateful to her for that, and I was thrilled for her when Bradford walked into the room, spotted her immediately and said, “Hi, Allison!” (He recognized her from My Space.)

Luckily, Rebecca and I were seated with Allison and her mom. They’re both terrific people, and there’s no one in that room with whom I would have rather shared this wonderful experience.  Once again, I have been blessed, courtesy of the Internet. Thank you, Allison, and thank you, Bradford.

P.S. We also got to see Renee Goldsberry  http://www.reneeelisegoldsberry.com/ (Evangeline from One Life to Live) as she was leaving the event that preceded Bradford’s. She’s even more beautiful in person.

Here’s a shot of me with the lovely Allison.

Allison and Bradford.

Bradford and Rebecca.

Bradford and me.

Isn’t he the cutest?

Song of the Day: General Hospi-Tale http://www.lyricsdownload.com/afternoon-delights-general-hospitale-lyrics.html by Afternoon Delights

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4 Responses to “Fan Fare”

  1. lisele said

    He is very cute. I used to watch GH too, but I’ve been out of the loop for about 10 years now. BTW, you need to remove the parentheses from your link above. I clicked on the first one and it didn’t work, but when I deleted the parenthesis that showed up in the URL, it went to the page you had intended.

  2. yaketyyak said

    Thanks!

  3. penny said

    I saw your picture with Bradford last night on LiveJournal 🙂 made my day. Would you have a problem if I shared the link to your journal from my Bradford Anderson Fan Blog (http://bradfordanderson.net/)

  4. penny said

    Oh your post made me very excited because I get to meet him in a few wees in NH

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