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Old February 22 2011, 03:47 PM   #91
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Ooops...maybe I'm thinking of someone's else writing...:-)
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Old February 22 2011, 03:54 PM   #92
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Ooops...maybe I'm thinking of someone's else writing...:-)
Yes, I got you confused with another fanfic writer...but I will check out your fanfics as well :-)
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Old February 22 2011, 04:41 PM   #93
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Not Trek-related (but others have posted experiences with BSG actors etc) but Peter Mayhew - Chewbacca from Star Wars - is one of the nicest gents I've met. He is also the only actor I've got an autograph from. He was just a cool, funny guy.
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Old February 22 2011, 04:56 PM   #94
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and very, very tall.
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Old February 22 2011, 08:46 PM   #95
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I met David Prowse at a comic book store several years ago. He practically looked me straight in the eyes, and he was sitting down! I asked if he could see out of the Darth Vader mask, and he said no. Apparently, they kept making the lenses darker because they could see his eyes... Really nice guy!
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Old February 23 2011, 12:24 PM   #96
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Not Trek-related (but others have posted experiences with BSG actors etc) but Peter Mayhew - Chewbacca from Star Wars - is one of the nicest gents I've met. He is also the only actor I've got an autograph from. He was just a cool, funny guy.
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and very, very tall.
With very big hands. When we shook, one of his fingers touched my index knuckle. And I'm a big guy myself, but that freaked me out a bit.

Still very cool guy.

And his wife is fun, too. When I met them both in Corpus Christi a few years back, she had a t-shirt in the Star Wars style that said "Chewbacca is My Co-Pilot".
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Old February 23 2011, 12:54 PM   #97
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I'd imagine Robert Beltran isn't the sweetest pea.
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Old February 24 2011, 09:45 AM   #98
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I like him.... It's the damn show. They made fun of Indians like they're retarded little red men!
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Old February 26 2011, 12:44 AM   #99
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Yeah...Dominic Keating was obnoxious, drunk, loud...talked over the other panelists........on the other hand..there are Casey Biggs, and Vaughn Armstrong..class acts all the way.
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Old March 5 2011, 06:59 PM   #100
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I just met Wil Wheaton, Jonathan Frakes, and Brent Spiner last night, and out of the three Brent was particularly warm and engaging, which was a pleasant surprise after reading this thread. He was also selling hugs for $10, have any of you seen him do this?
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Old March 5 2011, 08:03 PM   #101
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Wow! I am glad that you had a nice experience w/Brent Spiner...
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Old March 5 2011, 08:42 PM   #102
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Oh, that's easy. Shatner.
That reply made me laugh so much - 2nd post of the thread as well
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Old February 18 2013, 05:00 PM   #103
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Bumpity.

I entered "Brent Spiner dick" into Google because I wanted to know if other people had similar experiences. This page is the first link. I wouldn't say that he was a full-on dick to me, but based on my interaction with him I assumed that people had much worse experiences. I was correct.

So yesterday I met the dude for the first time.
He signed my poster. I requested that he write, "Data" under his name.
.................Outrage.
Him: "Who is that?"
I knew that he was joking, and I *am* a comic; I've done crowd work and improv with other comics, but in those cases I'm usually working with people who I know or who I don't really care about. In those cases it's easy. In this case I was talking to an actor who I don't know yet respect. Awkward.
Me: "Uuuh... I dunno."
Him (looking at the signatures of other people who signed it): "Look, Gates didn't include her character's name. Marina didn't do it. (I forgot to request it from them.) Robert (Picardo)... (he stopped because Picardo actually did). Why me?"
"Alright. So you're saying that it just disrupts the flow of the piece?"
"Yeah, and I mean... YOU know who I am, right?"
"Yes, the poster is for me, and I know who you are."
"Right... so... why bother? You know who I am."
"Alright. You've convinced me-- no more character names on anything ever!"
"Thanks!"
Then he turned toward Jon Frakes who was sitting to his right and signing posters for someone. He coughed loudly.
Frakes: "*I* know who you are.... and I respect your humility, talent, and professionalism."
Spiner: "THANK YOU."

As a comic, I was tempted to say, "Excuse me, guys... But 'humility' or 'humble' are the last words I would use if I were describing that exchange" but I didn't want a slightly uncomfortable situation to turn into a mildly uncomfortable situation.
As a guy who majored in psychology I was also tempted to say somewhere in the middle of Spiner's indignant statements, "I get it, dude. You *hate* that character."

I'm sure that Trekies now want to cite numerous quotations of Spiner saying that Data was the best character he has ever played or whatever, but I don't care about any of that nonsense. It's a definite vibe that I picked up from him in person and from reading these comments.

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Old February 19 2013, 02:28 AM   #104
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I've attended Trek conventions since 1992, and I've never had a bad experience with anyone.

- I met Kate Mulgrew about 15 years ago in Seattle. She was at a con that included pictures and autographs only for the expensive seats. During her stage time, she offered to pose for photos and sign autographs for FREE for anyone who would like one, and she stayed a couple hours extra to do so. When it was my turn, she complemented me on my Borg costume and joked around with me, saying "Seven, you've reverted!"

- A few years ago in Vegas, Suzie Plakson was walking in the hallway toward the main stage, and she saw me on a bench near the wall comforting my sad 3-year old. She walked over, squatted down to her level, stroked her hair, and asked her what was wrong. She chatted for a couple minutes with her and then went on her way.

-Two years ago in Vegas, I was dressed as Data an my daughter was dressed as Lal for a photo op with Brent Spiner. He smiled and said, "You have a beautiful daughter." and suggested we lean down a bit so she would be visivle in the photo too.

-Alexander Siddig- at a convention in Vancouver about fifteen years ago, I was dressed as an Andorian, and during the QA session after I asked him a question, he did a double take and said, "I'm sorry, what was the question? The way you look, I was expecting you to say 'Gblellelel glblggh glig" or something like that"

-Chase Masterson-- I've bought her music CDs at several conventions, and she has been very sweet and personalized her autograph on them each time.

-Armin Shimmerman spoke with me for several minutes and personalized his autograph on a Quark action figure for me.

- I am the guy dressed as Data that William Shatner photobombed at the beginning of "The Captains" documentary. A year later, he interviewed my wife and I several times over the course of the Vegas convention for "Get A Life", and he was focused and professional.

-I met Tim Russ last year-- he signed his CD (which I already owned) and took a photo with me, both free of charge. A nice guy.

-Marina Sirtis was at a smaller con, but she was nice and professional.

-Denise Crosby was very friendly and chatted with me for a while.

-Garrett Wang is SUPER friendly, laid back, and cool. He took a photo with me for no charge.

I was going to buy Max Grodenchik's CD a couple of years ago in Vegas based on the "Rubber Buttheads" song, but he saw I was pushing a stroller with my kids and he warned me that some of the other songs weren't kid-friendly, but he still chatted with me even though I didn't buy a CD. A very nice guy.

Robert Picardo took singing requests at a small con in Seattle I went to, and seemed pleased/proud when I requested "Borg Queen", his parody to the "Love Boat" theme.

Walter Koenig was very personable and having fun as a convention in Salt Lake City several years ago.

Robert Beltran complemented my wife's Seven of Nine outfit when we shared an elevator together in Seattle about eight years ago.

Maybe I've lucked out, but looking back, I've had good experiences every time :-)
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Old February 19 2013, 04:49 AM   #105
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I've only met Walter Koenig, and that was in early 1980 when TMP was still very much the thing. The convention ran out CHEKOV'S ENTERPRISE (which I bought later at a bookstore), so he was autographing the movie novelization.

I must say, I've enjoyed reading this thread. And I'm glad those who got bad reviews got additional positive mentions by other posters.
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