My fascination with General Hospital began
on April 1, 1963, day one of its broadcast. Grandma Rose was living
with us at the time and I was home from school. This show became OUR
show!! GH was the first soap opera on our ABC-channel 7 back in NYC. I
fell in love with Angie and Eddie, Lucille and Jessie and of course the
heart throb Phil Brewer. I looked up to Dr Hardy and believed he was my
role model. What a wonderful show!!
This was the very first soap opera to capture my
attention. However with no VCRs , soap magazines, or virtually any
"inside" information about this show, I was anxious to know what was
going to happen next. Frankly I miss those days of not knowing what is
going to happen. If I could I would rather watch it as it happens.
The show aired just as school was released for the
day. My school was too far away from our apartment for me to get home in
time to see even the last 5 minutes of the show. So I relied on Grandma
Rose to keep me updated..Through the years GH has been my #1 soap even
though I have watched others. Today, I am only able to watch General
Hospital. I don't have time for the others..but I make time for GH.
Through the years I have been fortunate to enjoy
many of the characters on General Hospital and the actors who portray
them. They make my day complete. Even though I am blessed with a family
of my own, I look forward to spending every day with the characters of
I have been privileged to meet most of the
wonderful actors of the General Hospital cast. They have been nothing
short of gracious. They were everything I imagined and more!!! I have
gone to the GH FAN CLUB LUNCHEONS and its has been a very neat
experience to meet the actors as well as the loyal fans of this show.
Through an extremely lucky situation, I met an
incredible mentor and friend, Jim Warren, I have gotten the opportunity
to help answer fan mail for certain actors on the show. There are not
enough words to express my gratitude to this man for making my dream
come true. Again through this incredibly amazing man, I also became the
president of the Maurice Benard Fan Club. Imagine me, this housewife,
who loved the soaps more than Prime Time TV or the movies, fortunate
enough to get this position. Imagine me, finally feeling like I am a
part of show business! I adore networking with people and get some
certain perks that I never expect is nothing short of magical!! There
are many times I have to pinch myself to make sure this is really real!!
I have been to the Emmy awards in 1997,2000 and
2006. I have been a faithful supporter of the General Hospital weekend
since 1990. I began a tradition of going to the Soap Opera Digest Awards
in 1998. Unfortunately, that tradition seems to have ended. I believe I
am truly blessed to have a wonderful life via the soaps and a
magnificent life with my family.
I think having this "job" makes people think
that I lunch each weekend with one of the stars of General Hospital. I
find that assumption extremely interesting. As much as I am
treated very well when I am in LA, I do not get to wine and dine with
those whom I work. People have asked me why I do what I do. My answer is
usually the same. I love what I do. I can work a computer and why not do
this? I was lucky enough for this job to fall in my lap. Granted I tow
the line and continue to make it happen. I love meeting people and there
is nothing more exciting than during a soap fan event, be it the GH
weekend or the Emmy etc meeting a soap fan virgin. Seeing it all through
the eyes of a new bee is very humbling. Last year. the cast of Carpool
guy came to Las Vegas. One of the ladies who went with us to see the
movie and meet the stars had never met Tony Geary. She had met all the
others during the GH weekend but since TG has never attends that event,
it was an absolute treat to see him in person. I couldn't agree
more. This lady is approximately my age, (which isn't young <G>) cool as
a cucumber and not a stalker. She waited to meet Mr G. During this
event, there were many rules and regulations about taking a photo with
the celebrities. It appeared to me that the organizers of this
event wanted the fans to purchase the photos taken with the
celebrities off the Carpool web site. However one of the other ladies in
our group asked Tony to take a photo with this lady and her daughter and
of course he did. If you've ever met Tony Geary, you will agree he
is a very classy man. Not only did this woman use this photo for her
holiday cards but I witnessed her overwhelmed with tears finally meeting
Tony. Watching her reaction, made me react with some happy tears and
goose bumps. This is what it's all about. A fan helping a fan. Or shall
I say a friend helping a friend.
I've been at fan events where people are pushing and
shoving and showing their 900 photos to the actor while the others
behind the fan are extremely unhappy. I've been to events where
people were yelling and screaming and literally stepping on people's toe
to get ahead. And my all time favorite is the gal, who has been to the
General Hospital FC luncheon, who has gone as many years as I have, who
stepped in front of everyone to take her photo. I have the back of her
body in most of my photos.
For as many times as I have been at a Fan Event, and
mind you I LOVE BEING IN PHOTOS, I am the last one to take a photo with
the celebrity. It's not fair to those who have not had as many
privileges to see her/his favorites in the past. I always believed that
there might be one or two who have saved her/his money for 5 years and
this is their only moment to meet..... fill in the blank.
I do not believe in the competition of whom met whom
and/or how many times and who believes the actor know me (or any one
else) personally. Life is too good to waste it on hate and competition.
I absolutely take issue on those who believe they own that celebrity or
that celebrity owes the fan something. If one has paid for a show,
that's all the celebrity owes is a good show.
Sharing an opportunity is so much easier and better
than being selfish.
So whether you are going to SSW or shopping for your
loved ones during the holiday season, please remember that paying it
forward is more rewarding than not.