John, David and Diane.
|| The reason my wife Diane and I went
to Chiller was to see David Hedison. In addition, we met a lot
of great people like Kevin McCarthy, Ron Harper [Planet of the Apes
TV series and Garrisons Gorillas], Connie Stevens, Ruth Buzzi, John
D'Aquino, Del Monroe, Allan Hunt [who is a director] and more.
Just the same, for us, Mr. Hedison was, as always, the man to
It was Ron Harper's first con and
greeted fans by shooting out his hand and saying, "Hello, I'm RON
HARPER." It scared a few fans as they had never been greeted
that way by an actor before. They are used to "WHAT DO YOU WANT?"
for the most part. I told him to never change his greeting.
The guests were outside in a huge tent
as the two big rooms inside the hotel were filled with dealers who I heard didn't
sell much. I saw lots of fans in the dealer rooms but very few
were carrying any items.
Which brings up some
of the fans who came to David's
table which I was helping at. There were at
least five people who said virtually the same thing, "I waited forty years
to meet you and I am
your biggest fan." Not necessarily the biggest, but they
John & Kevin (Invasion Of The Bodysnatchers)
strangest thing that happened was when an average looking man in his 40s
wearing a Yankee hat came up to the table and said to David "YOU'RE A
HANDSOME BASTARD" at least 3 times and left. During the rest of the
con every few hours David and I would turn to each other and say "YOU'RE A
David Hedison, John Kachmar, Martine
cheapest. Not one purchased a photo! I was told
that at least two fans were mad because Adam West asked for money
after signing photos obtained elsewhere. We had one of those
at David's table. He still wanted a discount as it was HIS
Most of the fans David got were
males, average age was about 50. There was one geek
fan with dozens of buttons all over his clothes doing some kind
of nervous dance while saying, "I LOVE YOU MR.
gave an interview for an upcoming book about
Richard Basehart. Richard's nephew Bruce was there and brought
photos that David was thrilled to see. Sunday we hugged David
good-bye as he left for the airport with Allan Hunt who we were sure was
going to get crushed by his huge suitcase that he shared the back seat
with. It was the best time we ever had at a
|| David sold Voyage, Bond and Fly
photos in that order and sold all the 5 Fly mini posters that he had
brought. One fan had him sign a Voyage laser disc that
can be seen in one of the photos (at right) we gave to Mike.
One expensive item was a repro Seaview model kit signed by all four
cast-members. David had the largest selection of photos -- about
25 including some prints I made up which can be seen hanging up
behind the table for sale. Del, Allan and Terry had about 5
The best part of the con was
Saturday in our room when David