I met the MHN !

Discussion in 'Star Trek: Voyager' started by Lukara, Oct 7, 2007.

  1. Lukara

    Lukara Lieutenant Red Shirt

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    Yesterday, there was a 1-man convention in Deggendorf, Germany, with Robert Picardo aka Voyager's MHN


    Mr Picardo was awfully nice and friendly. Very down-to-earth and refreshingly normal. No airs and graces at all, like so many of his colleagues.

    Confessing to the audience that he's a big fan of German mustard immediately broke the ice. Within just a few minutes he had managed to create a relaxed and almost intimate atmosphere. The fact that this was truely a mini-convention with only about 100 fans from all over Germany might have added to this.
    One of the many highlights of this evening was his version of the evergreen "I got you, babe" (big hit in the 70ies by Sonny and Cher) which he did with Heidi, one of his fans. His version is titled "I had you, baby" and is the musical quarrel of a freshly divorced couple of American celebrities. It's absoultely hilarious!

    Of course there was the usual question and answer section and a little bit of gossip about his VOY crewmates. But I won't tell you anything about that - you have to meet Mr Picardo yourself and ask him - he can tell you in a much funnier and more interesting way.

    Since there were so few people, everyone got a chance to get their picture taken with Mr Picardo. One could see that it was very straining for him. After all he had only just arrived from Italy and must have been terribly tired, but he wouldn't disappoint his fans and even took the time to chat a little with them while the photographer got everything ready for the next shot.
    Apparently, the good mood infected even the photographer for at the end of the session he, too, asked for a photo of himself with Mr Picardo as did all the newspaper reporters and even the team of the local TV station.

    After the photo session Mr Picardo signed photos and CDs which he sold at a remarkably moderate fee (25€ per item, 40€ for 2 - that's approx. $30 / $50).

    Finally, after he had taken a short break to refresh himself, he even found the energy to join us in the bar for a private chat. The fans were so decent as to not take photographs of him there, so that he could relax a little bit. He retired early but nobody would have dreamt of complaining. Though he's an excellent actor, it was obvious that he was very exhausted. So the party ended early and we all went home very silently as to not disturb his sleep.



    PS: It was not Mr Picardo's fault that so few fans attended the convention - the hotel simply doesn't offer more space. On the positive side that means an incredibly intimate atmosphere and a very personal contact to the celebrities. I can wholeheartedly recommend the cons in Deggendorf to any fan.

    (If you're a Enterprise fan, come and meet Anthony Montgomery on Nov. 10th. You'll never again get that close to a Star Trek actor - unless you happen to be a camera man in LA ;) )
     
  2. The Borg Queen

    The Borg Queen Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    MHN? I'm not familiar with that term, I've always used EMH - Emergency Medical Hologram.
     
  3. Turbo

    Turbo Anthro Hawk Premium Member

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    ^ I would guess that it's an acronym of the German translation of 'Emergency Medical Hologram'.

    Sounds like you had a great time! I've heard nothing but good things about Robert Picardo, he's a great man.
     
  4. Michael

    Michael [ˈmɪçaːʔeːl] Moderator

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    ^ Medizinisch holographisches Notfallprogramm. Which translates to "Medical Holographic Emergency Program".

    I wish I could have been there! :(
     
  5. The Borg Queen

    The Borg Queen Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    Ah, right, of course! *duh* :angel:

    What happened with the language difference between the actor and the audience, or is Mr. Picardo fluent in German?
     
  6. Lukara

    Lukara Lieutenant Red Shirt

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    not really - He claimed to have prepared a speech in German, with the help of a friend. Unfortunately, he forgot said speech in the taxi. Or so he says ;)

    Thanks for translating, NGC-1701 How about meeting Garak aka Andrew Robinson? He'll be at the same location coming Saturday 6 pm. If you like, you can stay at my place and save the money for a hotel.
     
  7. DanCPA

    DanCPA Admiral Admiral

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    Congrats. Bob Picardo does great acting work in everything he does!
     
  8. Michael

    Michael [ˈmɪçaːʔeːl] Moderator

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    :lol: Thanks for the offer. But Deggendorf is too far away from Bielefeld. But it's kind of tempting I have to admit. Andrew Robinson is one of the best (see my sig). Be sure to let him know that German fans love him. ;)
     
  9. EEE

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    Sounds like great fun! I'd love to have met Mr. Woolsey and asked him a thing or two about his ex-boss! I'd love to see Garak too, although I heard he's a punk who can't count to six. *grin*
     
  10. Triskelion

    Triskelion Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    MHN...

    Manly Holographic Nincompoop?
    Mundane Hedonistic Nitwit?
    Machivellian Hyperbolic Nerd?
    Mysterious Hat Nabber?
     
  11. freak

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    WOW! That's awesome. I've heard that Bob Picardo is an extremely generous guy to his fans. A friend of mine from college met him. She really enjoyed him and had a conversation with him in the line. :) He's so brilliant too!!!!! I read where he almost became a doctor before he became an actor. :) That's why he plays alot of Docs on TV(St. Elsewhere, for instance). :) But that's awesome you got to meet him.
     
  12. Helmgirlie

    Helmgirlie Commander Red Shirt

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    I met him too at one of the Galaxy Balls. He's indeed very nice.
    p.s. Where can I find information about this convention in Deggendorf? Do you have a link for me? Then I can look it up and hopefully can attend one of these small conventions. I like these smaller events.

    Thanks for letting us know! And thanks for your report too!
     
  13. Captain Kate

    Captain Kate Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

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    Sounds like a good time, I love to hear stories of stars who are decent in person at fan events.

    'Mysterious Hat Nabber', lmao!
     
  14. speed_cochrane

    speed_cochrane Lieutenant Junior Grade Red Shirt

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    Aw, he sounds like a sweet guy. :) I'm glad you had a good time! Seems like quite the experience too, with such an intimate atmosphere.
     
  15. Sagart

    Sagart Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    Bob is one of life's gentlemen. I'm delighted to hear you had a good time at the con.:techman:
     
  16. Grant

    Grant Commodore Commodore

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    He's a great guest.

    He told a story that when he was offered the role he told them he'd think about it. He then told his wife who said, "A regular, on a Star Trek show?---------you're taking it!!!"

    Sounds like my wife--your first duty is to your families fanancial stability:lol: