REFLECTIONS OF MY TIME AT TIME GATE
It is always sad when the dust settles. It is always anticlimactic in the void that remains after an event where an electric atmosphere was generated by similar souls reacting to each other, joining together to show their appreciation for their shared enjoyment of that unique and spellbinding genre called “science fiction”.
John's favorite moment, answering questions!
The recipe for this gorgeous circumstance: start with a group of enthusiasts of all ages across a broad spectrum of American society; add a splash of British blood for flavor and a couple of media guests into the mix. Blend them all together in the same room, allowing them to talk on equal terms, the guests displaying no airs and graces, giving fellow human beings an opportunity to look into the eyes of an actor, producer, director, set designer, editor, etc. who was involved in a show they love, and ask those questions occupying their minds for years, and you have an unbeatable concoction for creating joy, understanding, and hopefully a memory or two to go home with.
Watching the Sgt. Benton Montage.
John and Jennifer pose with the Drew Family.
So to each of you ladies, gentlemen, and children who allowed your hearts to be touched by my thrill at seeing yourselves at TimeGate, I say Thank You: for making our trip so worthwhile; for your warm welcome; for the committee and their trust in those they chose to be the guests at their first multi-day convention. Well done. You created one of the most difficult-to-achieve elements in a convention setting, that of harmony. It is a vital element to have. Big is not always better. So Jeni and myself thank you, and give a naturally energetic thank you to our personal minder, Mr. Winston Chapman.
John and Jennifer
Your committee’s idea of having the wonderful and popular Bill Massey as the Fan Guest of Honor was an excellent idea, as Bill had not attended a Sci-Fi convention since 1998.
John poses with good friend Bill Massey.
John with Bill Massey as The Master.
Looking "Masterly"! Bill Massey, John and Anthony Ainley.
John with Mike Stanley and both have forgotten their keys!
Mr. Levene, looking smart as always.
Sgt. John Benton salutes each and every one of you.
In closing, I beg all of you parents to never raise your hands to your children...
It leaves your groin area unprotected.
Love and peace, and if you have a god, may (s)he go with you!
We would like to acknowledge Mr. James M. Garner for capturing these magical moments at Time Gate.
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