Fan Descriptions and Photos!
GH Weekend 2000 by Stacey Lopez
has taken me awhile to get this written up...but I always remember
I've forgotten to say. Hope you
enjoy! I still need to do the
GH luncheon but that will take a bit longer as I do an extensive
up of that one, pretty much word for word of the Q&A.
We had a great time...each year I say it just keeps getting better and
year was no exception! It rocked! My thanks to Debbie Morris, Debby
Tammy Pappas, all the fan club people who work so hard to put on
events. I would also like to thank all the actors who spend so much
throughout the weekend bringing so much joy to their fans.
We started off our GH week with a Ricky Martin concert. Wow! It was great
see him perform live. He looks awesome, sounds amazing. I highly recommend
concerts! What can I say, he shook those bon bons and the leather pants
Thursday we took the NBC studio tour, then headed to Hollywood to buy GH
Ricky Martin, John Stamos, Tony, Genie-- whatever we could find on
GHers, and of course a few Mel Gibson shots from Patriot for me!
found some gorgeous shots of A. Martinez from Santa Barbara with Marcy
and one of him in his swim trunks! This was at "Hollywood Book &
The rest of the evening was spent hooking up with old friends and
The weekend started off with a bang on Friday when Michael Saucedo showed
poolside at the Sportsman's Lodge to sign autographs and take pictures
the fans. His CD had been played in the background of the soap boutique
the day and was available for sale. He sounds great!
in the bar at the hotel on Friday night before the PC event, I just
the weekend was going to be a phenomenal experience. I walk in, sit
stools over is Thorsten Kaye! I virtually stopped breathing! I
me to take a picture with me, he is so cute!
He actually shook my hand
introduced himself, saying "Hi, I'm Thorsten Kaye". Like I didn't
that! (I had passed up on dinner at Universal Citywalk with friends as I
hoping to catch a glimpse of him though he wasn't expected to attend).
got my pictures back and once again I have this completely goober look
my face like, "Oh my, its Thorsten!". So much for getting past being
The soap boutique is held in two adjoining hotel rooms each year, this
we got double the pleasure as it was expanded to a second boutique area.
donated beautiful 8x10 pictures of the different actors to be included in
luncheon packets, the remaining photos were sold for $5 each so fans were
to get a professional shot of their favorites (among some of the
were Kevin & Eve, Sonny & Carly, the teens -
a Bobbie & Roy, a Jax &
Chloe, one of Emily &
together, and a great head shot of Kristina just to name a few. Thanks
for arranging this! It was fun at the luncheon as everyone received
of this 8x10s in their packet so we all traded to get our favorites. I
bought several of them so I traded with about five different people so
could get the picture that they wanted till I finally got the one I
Lee - Saturday am started early with Nancy Lee's event. Due to her
illness she was flying out to see him. She commented on how
the show was in scheduling so she could get away to spend a few
with him every few weeks. Coffee,
juice, fruit and assorted pastries
served. Constance Towers (Connie) also attended and she is the complete
of Helena. As they entered
they stopped and talked to fans, when
stopped and said, "Hello" to me. I told her how much I've enjoyed
work especially in the last couple of months They are both very kind and
gracious ladies! They talked with fans for an hour in a relaxed intimate
They stayed to sign autographs, take pictures and chat for over an hour
Dano, Finola Hughes, and Jess Walton do another talk on the porch for
Nancy has addressed the issues of body image and aging in the media and
emphasis on being ultra thin and youthful, and the message that sends to
Look for it around September.
One of the best things about the weekend is hearing all the fan opinions
future storyline, possible character connections....some interesting fan
that Alexis is really Elizabeth's mom (which would explain why she
fit in with the Webbers), that Helena is really Alexis' mother and
really loves Alexis but can't show it so instead she threatens to
her. Classy lady that she is, she felt bad that she was unable to make
to the luncheon she donated 400 hundred personally autographed pictures to
in the luncheon packets so each fan would receive one!
Brunch - John Ingle, Leslie
Charleson, Amber Tamblyn, Michael Saucedo, Susan Brown,
Anna Lee with her son Jeffrey Bryon (who is also on PC), Billy Warlock,
Tava Smiley. Stuart was home sick all weekend. We were served fruit and crepes,
and desert (great thing I was
that morning as I didn't get a chance to eat again till the next day!).
Amber was asked about her poetry and she announced the book of poetry she
printed up with all the proceeds going to "Defenders of Wildlife" to
species. Billy commented on how much he is enjoying playing AJ's
storyline. He is having fun playing AJ drunk and out of control. Of
Michael was asked about the new CD. He was asked what his first love
acting or music. He reported that they started simultaneously as his
gig was in a Bandaid commercial and sang the "stuck on Band-Aid song. He
artistically probably music as that is something he can experience
of whether he has a job doing it.
Stephen Kay talked about his directing the Sylvester Stallone movie. Tava
was asked about the future of her storyline with Jax departing and if she would
romantically involved with Ned. She hoped that Chloe wouldn't go after her
friend's man. Susan Brown was asked about Monica and Gail having future
together as best friends. Jeffrey paid tribute to his mother, Anna
and what a great lady she is. He also gave thanks to her nurse, Zoriada.
Lee was asked why Lila puts up with Edward, she retorts "God knows!".
was asked about Monica becoming pregnant, she injected "It's Rick’s
which drew much applause. She doesn't know though at this point
she will become pregnant or not.
Anna Lee just stayed for a brief time, but she is a huge fan favorite.
all appreciate so much her making the effort to come to the events.
the Q&A, they did a very large raffle. Several of Monica's blouses were
by wardrobe, it got to be a running joke that wardrobe was getting
of her wardrobe so they could make room for Monica's maternity clothes!
gave away a tie of Edward, a suit from Alan, a bow tie from AJ, some of
jewelry, a very sheer blouse from Carly, a Triple L Diner menu, and
menu from Kelly's, a pair of
Emily's shoes (whereupon Amber acted
going along with Leslie's running joke about wardrobe giving their
away) as she liked those shoes! They
also gave away a set tour, when
fan was returning home that Monday she got a rain check and another lucky
won the tour!
They each came by the tables and signed autographs and took pictures.
was great as fans actually stayed in their seats rather than crowd
the actors. John Ingle has to be one of the absolute nicest men, he is
so appreciative of the fans. Susan Brown remembered me from the online
(read badgering) that I did with the San Diego ABC affiliate to get
on the air. Tava stopped by and she seemed to be having a blast, all
she was very warm with fans and went out of her way to spend time
them. Michael takes the fan appreciation award (he was at the pool on
Q brunch, Real's event, GH luncheon, and Becky's Soiree). Billy is a
charmer, he does a lot of fan appearances and is always very warm and
Leslie just glows, she is radiant. She helped set up the event and
there late Friday getting the tables just right and had done the flower
beautiful rose one was sent home with Anna Lee. Also as a
on the fan tables were stacked 10 Quartermaine coffee cups which
got to take home. We got back to
the Sportsman's around 3:00 just in time
get in line for Maurice's 4:00 event.
- Jim Warren (the event organizer and a professional photographer who
to the soap mags and I noticed Jim recently interviewed Maurice and
G. in SOU! (He also took pictures of them at the Emmy's for a big photo
Jim hung a huge white sheet of butcher paper from the wall and it was
taped up so you couldn't see when Maurice entered....but when Maurice
through the paper there was no doubt who was in the room based on the
Jim always gives away great photos with the packets, but this year
think we got FIVE 8x10s...one autographed and personalized to each fan -
is a really nice touch and saves so much time at the end of the event.
also handed out fans with a picture of Maurice's face, so if we held up
fans you had a Maurice face. It was coordinated so when Maurice entered
room everyone put their fan over their face simultaneously.
He had a tattoo on his arm that he got in Venice Beach, Amber did as well
ones). Maurice was asked whether he will get to play Sonny in a
storyline. He said that there has been some resistance as
don't think Sonny will be sexy in that state. Then he mentions that his
is up in 5 months and this may be something that he will want to
At Real's event he gave 50-50 odds for resigning (I think though that
he gets the manic storyline he will stay).
He would love for Vanessa to return and do a triangle with him and Sarah.
did mention talking to Vanessa at a party at his house after the SOD
(Wouldn't you just have loved to be on THAT guest list!). She does
GH and he didn't rule out her returning at some point.
I recently ran across a clip from the 35th Anniversary promos when Tony
was talking about working with Genie. He said that taping a love scene
like a fight scene. You can throw the greatest punch in the world but if
person can't take it, or can throw one back then it doesn't work. When
was asked about working with Sarah he used a similar phrase in saying
like getting in the ring, Maurice throws a punch and Sarah throws one
Maurice said how much he enjoys
working with Sarah as she stays real
in the moment. He
was asked about the possibility of working with Finola and said he would
that. He complimented how respectful his fans are, how intelligent the
he receives from them are. He promised that he would never want to do
soap role besides Sonny as this is such a great part.
He was asked about Sonny ever being happy. He said no that we would lose
Sonny really is, that Sonny is not truly being happy, but on the edge. He
played Sonny being happy over the pregnancy as he knew ahead of
that the bottom was going to drop out with her losing the baby.
He shared about seeing Ricky Martin
a few nights before, about the love
has for his children, and how cute the baby is when she calls him,
Her first word! His first modeling job was modeling Speedos for AM
Francisco. He did some plays and commercial work. The same year of his
breakdown he entered a contest, "The Most Watchable Man in Contra
(this is a county in northern California. He came in 3rd place. He
entered "The Most Watchable Man in San Francisco", he took first
flew him for to LA for "The Most Watchable Man in America" and he won
too! He took acting classes and six
months later landed the role on
When asked who he hangs out with he responded, "Ron, Billy, Michael
- This was a lot of fun, a sold out event of over 200! Guests were
Jacob, Michael, and Coltin. (A. was shooting a movie and unable to
and Jonathan didn't make it as he got stuck on a freeway).
Real reported that Taggert will be getting a family that they have just
his sister and they are looking for his mother. He seemed really excited
this future storyline. He was also
asked about his tattoos, one is in
of his first dog who died, another means health and strength, and
means discipline/focus, and another for Jesus.
Michael & Maurice entered the room to much excitement. This was a fun
the event as they teased each other back and forth, the underlying
and warmth evident. Maurice and Real loved the fan suggestion that
& Sonny are really brothers. Maurice was asked about Tony Geary's
to ad-lib. Maurice confirmed that
Tony Geary does re-write his dialog
not so much that what the other actors lines won't make sense and he
re-write anyone else's lines. Maurice left and next up, they played a
trivia game with two fans facing off "Family Feud" style to be the
ding a bell to answer a question about Real or the show. Then the
fan would answer Real's questions ala "Who Wants to Be a
No doubt the fans are loving Jacob by the positive reaction when he
the room (both at this event, the GH event, and Becky's Soiree). The
of nicknames came up, they call Coltin "Ponch".
And for those of you
read my write up last year you will know that Michael is called "Monkey
(Steve gave him that nickname after a fight scene last year when Juan
on someone's back). Michael said
they call Jacob, "um bop" from the
song. Jacob joking said he is officially the fourth Hanson. He calls
= Bimber (combination of Amber and Bimbo). He calls Maurice, Mr. Benard
says this kidding).
Michael was asked what he thinks of the current storyline and he is
it as he grew tired of the number of times Juan said to Emily,
my girlfriend." (At Becky's event he tells how he tried to drop it
time and they came over the loud speaker from the production booth, "Aah,
you forgot the line...."You're My Girlfriend."
(I can just imagine
co-actors cracking up as they must know his feelings on the subject).
Coltin arrived next. Both he
and Jacob also did extra duty at fan
both attending Real's, Becky's, and the main luncheon. Plus Coltin
at Real's gospel session. Then Real the man...how much has he done to
awareness and money for children's cancer organizations. He held his
event, his gospel event, went to the GH luncheon, in addition to giving
tours as a further charity fundraiser every day for a week - including
on Steve's return – Okay, not much. Maurice said he has talked to Steve
they haven't discussed the reasons for Jason's return. Maurice said a
of times that he really didn't know the premise but was looking
to Steve coming back. They did say his hair looks much different. For
who doesn't know, his series "Sempre Fi" has been reportedly picked
as a mid-season replacement possibly to begin airing in October or so? I
he is playing a platoon commander?
- Kurth & Taylor concert
put on a great show as always! This year it was held outside in the
area. It was a beautiful warm evening. They had the crowd on their
several times, clapping, cheering. At one point Wally (in his black
pants) went down into the audience and I thought they would go nuts
were so excited. Several of his co-stars showed up to enjoy, Tava,
and Coltin were there. Tava rocked out (she also stayed afterwards and
autographs and chatted with fans). I saw a couple of fans with little
of black hair growing under their chins. At
first I thought they were
to copy Wally, till I saw one on Andrea (my German friend who comes
every year) and I realized they were little squares of fake hair glued on
their chins in honor of Wally's! Especially as many of the women had
on - that was an interesting sight!
of the songs from their new CD "Freedom" were included on the play
"Freedom", "September", "Anything",
"Believe", "Let It Go", "Barefoot
"Power of the Heart", and "Blacktop Blues". They sang
for the last time. They also sang a new song for the first time, "I
Surrender" which got thunderous audience approval. Another big hit was
Irresistible" which Wally reported is his daughter, Rosabel's,
song. They ended with one of my favorites, "Seventh Son".
Wally did say that his movie, "Man on Fire" probably wouldn't
summer. He does plan on filming a big concert scene in Montana and
us all to come! (I came home and
told my husband, "Road Trip"!).
Luncheon - I will do a complete write up of this separately as I will add a
transcript of the Q&A.
event - This was a beautifully done event, held outside in the
area Sunday at 4:00 right after the GH luncheon. Each table had a
centerpiece and were thoughtfully set under wide umbrellas to shade
the fans from the sun. Each table had a theme (Stefan & Laura, Stefan &
Emily & Gideon (a days fantasy), etc. Stephen
is very funny, very
and answered questions openly. Coltin strolled by as Stephen was
the Q&A started, he invited him to come in and had the gathering sing
Birthday" to him. He was asked about the future for Stefan & Laura and
that they were over, no hope of them getting back together. (so does
mean L&L will finally reunite or will she console the desolate Mac?).
he asked the audience what they thought of Luke & Felicia, he was
by a resounding "EWWWW!"....(glad I'm not the only one!). He did
that his future storyline would involve Chloe and he asked his fans to
this a chance before making a decision on whether it worked or not. He
several times, and kept breaking out with "New York, New York". I had
what a great voice he has. He used to jam on the harmonica when he
on Days, sadly he hasn't played it in 5 years!
Fans agreed that Stefan should have tried to get word to Nicholas that he
alive (of course he would have be thwarted) as that would have been true
his character. I enjoyed him
telling about the "Crunchy Awards" that the
on Days awarded to one actor each day who really chewed up the
He thought he deserved one with his reaction after Laura's death.
Stephen had a great idea to explain why there Helena has so much
towards Stefan. His version would be that Stavros (her first born)
not really Mikkos' son but the son of a beloved lover...that would make
be Mikkos' first born son and the heir to the empire. TPTB haven't
to use it so no scoop but I thought it was good!
After an hour of Q&A, he stopped by each table talking, signing
taking pictures. There was a Greek buffet (which drew some
as he pointed out that Stefan was Russian and had only lived in
I heard some fans gave him some towels and I didn't quite get the
of that. The one thing we learned
Monday while hanging out with
interns was that fans have been sending in washcloths to TPTB.
while they enjoyed the Stefan in a towel scenes recently they
the towels used were just TOO BIG! LOL!!)
& Jonathan's gospel gathering
event was arranged at the at the last minute.
It was free to get in
just asked for donations to go to a Ronald McDonald's camp for children
cancer. The lights were dimmed, and we sat on the floor.
It created a
intimate setting. Real acted as MC and was quite funny about not being a
Someone brought up how much they enjoyed him at the Nurse's Ball and
kind of winced. He and his fiancée Michelle, had on shirts that said
my sponsor." He is big into fishing and someone asked him when he was
fishing supplies who his sponsor was. He didn't have a financial
and he said, "Jesus". The clerk made some smart comment about Jesus
having any money. Real (who credits everything he has to Jesus) realized
guy just didn't get it.
Jonathan and is brother, Richard, and their dad played several songs.
favorite was "Jesus Loves Me". They
also did "True Love" from God
and "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For". Jonathan spoke very
about his beliefs. I won't even try to express them as I don't believe
would do them justice. I've always been very impressed with Jonathan as
an intelligent, thoughtful young man. I've admired not only his acting
but how grounded he seems to be, and the obvious impact his faith has
on his life. I was especially touched by him saying that in this
it wasn't about elevating one person above all others (which is
much what the whole picture and autograph session does).
the whole fan aspect was removed and it became about people sharing an
Both Real and Jonathan remarked how peaceful the room was, how
I know I never wanted to leave (okay now it wasn't just cause Real
Jonathan were in the room!).
Lisa V. can sure sing! She performed "Day by Day" from Godspell
audience begging for more. Then
Coltin sang a Garth Brooks song a capella
further amazed the audience with his vocal talents. Vanita showed up with
beautiful son. She wasn't prepared to sing but the spirit moved her and
did "Amazing Grace" with her son snuggling on her shoulder. (All I can
is should she ever do Dream Girls again or ANY other musical I'm there!).
was an event no one wanted to end. Jonathan and Real both spoke about
faith. A prayer was said by their pastor that they do a bible study
with, Lisa is also a part the
group. The room was amazingly still
this gathering, very peaceful, and the spirit was definitely with
There was a calm, a quiet that gathered over the room. Several times I
tears come to my eyes as I was touched by their devotion, to the lord,
each other, to giving back to their audience. I gained tremendous amount
respect for Real last year as he spoke about his brother, Mark's, fight
cancer. But in the past year he has taken that loss (Mark passed away)
fought back to make a difference. Not to mention all the fan events he
all the fundraising he does year round, training and completing a
not to mention being a soap star. He strikes me as someone with
integrity and a lot of self-discipline. (Okay, I know I’m gushing but
help it...as a breast cancer survivor - 1 year out of treatment, I
really appreciate all he has done to help children with cancer).
I HIGHLY recommend buying a tape of this event and Real's from Real's
club. You can contact Linda Torrence at: firstname.lastname@example.org
They raised around $600 but it wasn't a big donation push, just a simply
collection at the door.
was a great way to end a fun weekend...This group is hysterically funny.
Coltin, Jacob, and Juan all showed up. These actors were great and
for hours doing the Q&A and then the auction. Jonathan surprised
by sticking his head in for a moment to say hi. Becky picks Amber up
the morning and they stop by McDonald's and have a parfait yogurt (I agree
are yummy...can't recall the name but has frozen yogurt, granola and a
topping - fruit parfait?). The guys
were asked what they did first
at the set and Coltin and Michael both said, "Shower".
Since they have
be there and don't need as much time in hair and make up as the girls they
the extra time. Coltin and Jacob
both said that they had enjoyed the
Ted scenes as some of their favorites. Becky reported she had recently
into Dead Ted at the mail and he asked her where he was at the moment
body). She said she felt bad to tell him he was in a freezer in the
basement! LOL!! Coltin also said
how much he enjoyed working with
Nichols and the scenes about Stefan not being Nik's father were among
did talk about their haircuts, Coltin's is a big hit with the fans.
said she loves having shorter hair and when she finally got permission
TPTB to cut it she has cut it about 3 times in the past month and feels
is just right now.
once again was a big hit doing the auction, she is a born comic!
is also very funny and its obvious how comfortable they felt with one
as there was LOTS of teasing going on. They auctioned off a set of
(Grauman's Chinese Theatre style). Many many pictures of them,
framed, professional shots, promo type stuff. Also scripts (one
"Trapped in a Purple Haze", a script from the day of Lucky's death,
(three people bought tours for $1300 each)...all the times went for
and they had a LOT of items. Coltin
left the room and came back
a t-shirt on (I think it was a Nurse's Ball shirt with a ton of
was quite a bit of excitement when the audience noticed
Debbie Herbst (Becky's mom) was holding the white sweater that Coltin
wearing. The lucky winner not only
got the shirt but the opportunity to
it from Coltin, and a kiss on the check! Jacob then did the same
These were VERY popular auction items. The guys also helped increase
by walking pictures up and down the isles.
Several times when the
wasn't moving, the guys would bid on an item...I think Jacob bought a
of Amber & Becky. Coltin also bid on something but I think was outbid
-We were scheduled for a set tour on Monday. Real's fan club had
off many tours throughout the year as fundraisers for children's
organizations. I was lucky enough to be high bidder on one! We had the
to have lunch at the ABC commissary with Real, Lisa V., and we
joined by Jonathan who was doing a separate tour lunch for Real. We
shared about how special the gospel session was, what a departure from
rest of the weekend. They were all very warm, gracious and we had a great
Since it was such a busy day on the set, there were many tours
with different actors that we offered to come back in a couple of
to do our tour. We all agreed, so we still have that too look forward
Before we left Real was wonderful, he asked Maurice to come over and take
with us. Real also asked Jonathan before he left to take pictures
everyone in the group, and Real made sure we took pictures with him as
It was fun talking to the interns. They do listen to the GH viewer
line 310-557-4583 and take notes of each call and give them to Wendy
she does a daily report. They also
read all of the fan mail addressed
the show and do a synopsis of what the viewers are writing. The fan mail
the individual actors are given to them, not read by the interns. They do
getting wash clothes (from the Stephen fans mentioned above), straw
Alan & Monica fans (for the straw that broke the camels back in them not
storyline/airtime) but they just throw the straw away, packets of
& Low for L&L (to accept no substitute). They remembered getting the
charms (to keep lucky on the show about a year ago) of course they
rather smashed up and were also tossed out.
So the items included to
a point aren't scene by TPTB though I'm sure they hear of the various
However the interns only work one day a week (or should I say
since they aren't paid positions - one girl drives an hour and a
each way!), I counted four that I met the day I was there. They applied
the position with a resume, application like a regular job. Two of the
I talked to wanted to get into the production aspect of television.
more weekend write ups check out Maxine's web site (she is Jonathan's fan
president and Maurice's).
*My roomie, Lynn, has her write up at: http://minall.tripod.com/fanweek4.html
also has links to More Pictures and recaps from the 2000 GH Fan weekend:
pictures (from Real's event), Maxelaa's GH weekend reports, Leslie
Fan Club Party Reports, OLTLFan's PC and GH pictures (she will also
copies of her pics), Real's event recap and Real's Gospel hour photos
Torrence), Mary's 2000 Fan Club
recaps, Liz's recap of Stephen Nichol's event, and Alan Carter's Fan
(Maurice's fan club pres) reports ""There will be a write up in the
29. issue of Soap Opera Update about the Maurice Benard event from the GH
The magazine goes on sale Aug 15th..Please buy it and make sure you
your friends to do so too.. (please???) I hear there is a photo of Maurice
myself in it and a pretty good story/questions and answers too lol thanks
Stacey : )
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