Sunday, September 19, 2010

ICS - Update September 19, 2010

I got this message from Charlie Wittig (fan mail from some flounder?).

Since so many friends are going to be at the Mid Atlantic Nostalgia Convention (MANC), because it's really the only con even close to the old FANEX, we thought it would be great to get together with our old FANEX staff and friends. The con guests are  Dawn Wells (remember Amy playing Maryann at Nostalgia con?) and Roy Thinnes (The Invaders), Mark Goddard, Will Hutchins, Ed Nelson and god forbid Conrad Brooks.  So, we're going to meet in the Hunt Valley Inn bar at 2:00 Saturday, Sept. 25.  It will be like old times (except we don't have to do any of the work!)

We're also doing pre-production on our next film, a 1950s sci-fi extravaganza, so if you'd like to be in the movie or work on the crew, make sure you tell us so we can get in touch!

PLEASE PASS THIS E-MAIL ALONG TO OUR OTHER FANEX FRIENDS, we have lost touch with so many of them.

Hope to see you there!

Indeed, MANC is next weekend. For some members, you could make the con and still make the meeting. Conventions are getting to be big, expensive propositions, to say nothing of the fact that a lot of the actors we grew up seeing on TV and the movies are getting up there in age. They need our support in order to keep going. I know things are tight, but if you get a chance, go on up to see MANC. I’m going to try to make it there myself.

Andrew (King of the Zombies) Kent has bought himself a new car- a Smart Car! Now I know a number of folks laugh at this small sized road warrior, but let me tell you. Back in the 1970s a friend of mine bought one of the first Toyotas. Now I was putzing around in my 69 Camaro at the time (which many of you got to see at the last 2 meetings), getting 13 mpg yet able to smoke almost anything on two wheels. We made fun of her car- asked if she got tires at the donut shop. Well, who’s laughing now? Toyota- the #1 car manufacturer. If an alternative fuel source isn’t found, we might all be riding around in Smart Cars in 20 years. Happy Motoring, Andrew!

At the last meeting we found that John (Just try to stump me) Weber was making slow progress with his broken foot. Here’s hoping that things are continuing to improve, John.

At our next meeting we’ll be having longtime member and Bram Stoker Award Winner Norman (Mr. Macabre) Prentiss giving the presentation. In October we’ll see the RETURN OF GREG MANK, doing a presentation on the original Island of Lost Souls with Charles Laughton and Bela Lugosi. In November we’re going to get LOST IN SPACE with Sam (where’s my jiffy-pop spacesuit?) DiBlasi.

In case you haven’t heard, versatile actor Kevin McCarthy passed away at the age of 96. Ma ny of us remember him from his role in the classic INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS. He appeared in numerous TV shows as well, including THE TWILIGHT ZONE.

Hope to see you at the meeting this Saturday.

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