Friends old & new
Doc Mego's presentation- err, what presentation?
The growing presence of the next generation
This was a weird year for me. As others have mentioned I had to disappear for a few hours Friday to attend my daughter's graduation. The other festivities surrounding that are later this month, which luckily allowed me to return. It was nice to see everyone again, or for the first time, and I enjoyed the great conversation and great deals. Doc's revelations were worth the wait, and it was really satisfying to see the next generation of Mego fans making their presence known in the customs contest.
The absence of DaveMc, John, the Earth2 clan, Jason, DaveL, Art, Rose, Amy & Nate, etc did take a little of the shine off. The Sunday dinner at Hoss's was everything I hoped it wouldn't be and less. We've had such good Thursday experiences over the years that it's a real shame our last go-round wasn't better. I made the registration for 60, and we got tables for 80 and enough waitresses for 20. Orders were botched, food was overcooked, and everything took FOREVER. If they'd just have been mean, they could have matched Undo's twit for tat.
"Funniest line" award goes to Derek Richardson. In the middle of the customs auction I noticed Derek and Ron at the back of the room laughing hysterically. Apparently Derek shared with Ron that, "Those are the three ugliest spokesmodels I've ever seen." He did clarify that I was the least ugly, which is something no one can ever take from me.
Many thanks are in order: Thanks to Chris Johnson for carrying the Mego Suite torch. Doc Mego generously donated to the customs contest, as did Derek Richardson. Bryan 'Boss' Bossart put together a great presentation on the sometimes tragic process of licensing. Several of you assisted with set-up, tear-down, and clean-up. Special thanks to Random Axe and Megospidey for managing the customs contest; Mr. Pierce double-dipped with Paul Clare and kept the Mego races alive too. Welcome to new dealers Corey and Chris. Thanks to the Castaway guys, ScottA, and Derek for the loaner items for the ReMego display. A huge thanks to all who donated items and/or bid in the auction. A galactic thanks to Chris Noon for navigating the logistical nightmare that is Kruger St. and steering the auction to new heights.
A personal note of gratitude to Jim Hampton. I have remarked to Jim more than once that my favorite custom is the LED stealth Iron Man that he made. I'll be damned if he didn't walk up to me in the Mego Suite and present it to me. I was blown away by the gesture as much as I was when I first saw the figure. As Chuck would say, "Thanks Jimmie." Means a lot.