Really enjoyed this Autographica. I've only missed the very first one and today Sun was one of the very best.
Met Leslie at the photo shoot. Real pleasure to meet. He was fun and very much how we remember him best at the shoot. I think he tried very hard for everyone this weekend. He gave everything that he had.
I also did photo shoots with most of the space guests - Fred, Jim and Vance. All were great.
I then did signing room meetings with Gerry Griffin and Ed Gibson. Both great guys.
The space guests are usually my favourites to meet. I never thought I'd get the chance to meet these true heroes as I grew up, but over the years thanks to Autographica we've had some truly memorable moments.
As always I want all the space guests to return again for future shows and talks (and following on from a previous post I'd love to see a return visit from Valentina Tereshkova at the next show. That would be a dream come true as I have lots more items to get signed since I last met her).
Also in the signing rooms I met Alex Higgins at about 2.45pm. The next time I looked he was gone so I think I met him not long before he left. I agree with earlier comments about him being there despite his obvious bad health - very brave of him to try his best and meet his fans. A true legend and if SM have him at any future shows I would say to meet him, he's definitely worth it.
Sylvia Anderson was terrific. One of the best guests I've met. I really hope she's back at future SM shows and I'd love to see her do a talk next time. I think that would be very entertaining. She would fit in brilliantly well not only at Autographica but any of the SM shows.
And I also met the incredible Captain Eric 'Winkle' Brown, 91 years young. What a man he is. Amazingly modest but a true hero to me and so many others. I spoke to him naturally about some of the planes he flew, then I asked about when he met Wernher von Braun. He said that von Braun was the most confident man he ever met, totally convinced that he could achieve anything. And von Braun thought that the Americans should be very glad that they had him.
He also then spoke about his friendship with Neil Armstrong. He said Neil never opened up much in conversations about his space days, but much more preferred to talk about his time as a test pilot where he felt a lot more freedom than during his time as an astronaut.
For anyone who didn't meet Captain Brown, if he's back at a future show I would 100% recommend doing so. His history is fascinating to read -
Regarding Tippi Hedren. I didn't meet her this time as I'd met her a few years ago at Autographica in Northampton. That appearance also brought mixed reports. And yes back then she also didn't shake hands although at least with me she was polite about it.
Back then my meeting with her went great. As keith says above, he talked about lions with her and got a good response this weekend, the same happened to me at that earlier Autographica. I mentioned her Shambala animal preserve where she has about 70 big cats and she started talking like an old friend, very taken with my interest and extremely pleasant to talk to. So with Tippi conversation wise that is definitely the best route to take for best results.
I was hoping to go to Tippi's cancelled talk today as when she did Autographica before there wasn't a talk if I recall correctly. What was her talk on Sat like, if anyone on here went?
Big thanks to Dave, Jason and Paul for yet again putting together a brilliant show. All your hard work is very much appreciated.
I can't wait for the next one.
As always, I'll be back for more great memories - and just walking through Autographica is like walking through history.
It really is great to meet so many true legends all at one event.
Autographica will always be my favourite show to visit.
Edited by spocks-brain, 10 May 2010 - 01:02 AM.
I once met Alec Guinness (stage door, Comedy Theatre London, with no one else waiting!) and he wasn't grumpy at all - really nice to meet.