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AMC Fan Club Luncheon 2008
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Marriott Marquis Hotel, Times Square, New York, NY
By Nikky

I left my home town of Reading, PA at 7 a.m. on a bus to NYC. We were scheduled to be there at 10 a.m., but we made it there at 9:40 a.m. I walked to the hotel, which actually did not take me too long. I loved the sites of NYC. Even though I’ve been there a few times before, the lights, people and sites still amaze me. I love the city.

When I arrived at the hotel, I checked in. I took a look at the items available for the raffle. There were a lot of items in the dollar raffles, everything from clothes worn on the show, Kendall’s book, signed pictures, a “Free Erica” poster, two different bags – one had “Tad” one had “Erica” & “Jack”, a “Ryan” pillow, a clock with pictures of different cast members, sets of pictures, “Loving” tees, a Night Shift DVD. There were over 50 items. You could buy single tickets or 21 for $20.00. I bought the 21 tickets. There were also $5.00 raffles in which there were only a few items. An AMC fan club jacket, a $100.00 gas card, a phone call from “Erica”, a phone call from “Ryan”, and a few other items I cannot recall. For those of you who do not know, I am a HUGE Cameron Mathison fan. I absolutely love him. There were A LOT of tickets in the bin for his phone call. More than Susan Lucci’s. I couldn’t help myself. I bought one ticket for that.

There were also vendors there. Some people were selling pictures. I did buy three. I bought one of Jacob Young, one with Cameron Mathison & Jeff Branson, and one with Walt Willey, Brent Weber, & Jeff Branson. There were ‘I love Alicia’ and ‘I love Rebecca’ pins. There were also T-shirts from a company called Shout Out! which Colin Egglesfield founded. Their website is They have a circle on the front as well as a spot on the back in which you can put enclosed Velcro letters to spell out anything you like. (Colin was wearing one of these shirts.) They are changing the shirts so the Velcro is smooth.

I had finished up everything a bit early and some people were already waiting at the doors to the ballroom, even though it didn’t open till 11:00 a.m. I sat and waited.

Once the doors opened, I made my way to table 21. It was all the way on the other side of the room. There were 10 people per table, which was a little cramped. There were 29 tables plus a few reserved. At 11:30 a.m., they fed us lunch which consisted of chicken, rice, and some sort of wrap. During this, the raffle winners were announced. They requested the winners stand up. In my opinion this was very difficult. It was hard to eat and try to listen for numbers, and I can only imagine probably not fun to stand up midbite. I sadly did not win anything. They also served us a very small dessert. The food was very good, however, and much enjoyed by at least myself!!!

Close to 12:30 p.m., more chairs were added to the stage. This meant – more stars!!

A little after 12:30 p.m., the woman who made it all possible, Carol, made her way to the stage. Walt Wiley (Jackson) was supposed to MC, but he called her and his plane was delayed. He wouldn’t make it till 3:30 p.m. (I did not see him at all so I can only assume he never made it to the hotel) We had another non-actor MC who was awesome. He had big shoes to fill, and I must say, did a good job in the short notice he was probably given.

He introduced the stars based on some info about what was going on with their characters in Pine Valley.

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The stars there were Amanda Baker (Babe), Rebecca Budig (Greenlee), Melissa Claire Egan (Annie), Colin Egglesfield (Josh), Beth Ehlers (Taylor), Ricky Paull Goldin (Jake), Daniel Kennedy (Pete), Michael E. Knight (Tad), Cameron Mathison (Ryan), Billy Miller (Richie), Alicia Minshew (Kendall), Brianne Moncrief (Colby), Richard Shoberg (Tom), Chrishell Stause (Amanda), Sterling Sulieman (Dre), Denise Vasi (Randi), & Jacob Young (J.R.).

The Q & A was next. At first Cameron came down and was asking questions and then Daniel joined him. Cameron was on my side, Daniel on the other side.

Some Q & A are as follows. Please note these are NOT exact quotes, just everything I remember.

Someone asked how they could meet Tad. He allowed her to come up on stage. Throughout the day this was also asked and done of Richard and Jacob.

Jacob: Which coast do you like best? I was born on the West coast, but I love New York. (Hmm…didn’t quite answer, did he??)

Brianne: What’s it like to be a Chandler and also go through everything that she is going through (i.e.: underage drinking)? It is a big part of society so I’m glad for it and being a Chandler is interesting, every day is different.

Denise: Is that your picture up in NYC? (There were many advertisements throughout the city with her picture on it) Yes, I did a photo shoot for Glamour and they decided to use the pictures for more advertising.

Melissa: Will your father be back? I have no inside info, but I highly doubt it. Especially now with my brother being dead.
How did you learn everything in regards to the science with your dad? I studied with a scientist.

Alicia: Did you submit Emmy tapes? Yes (she explained that she submitted two and how the process works for when actors submit tapes). The fan responded – what the hell is wrong with those people? To everyone’s cheer.
How come there was no birthday party for Ian? I don’t know, I’m never with him, and it pisses me off. The fan responded it does make her angry as well, and Alicia responded that she will tell the writers it pisses us fans off.

Rebecca: Do you keep in touch with Josh (Duhamel) and how is Bob? Bob is good. When I was in LA, I played phone tag with Josh, but he is off doing his own thing, and he just stopped returning my calls.

Michael: Who was your favorite love interest? The whole crowd yelled Dixie, which he agreed upon. (Like he had a choice??)
Why did you decide to go grey? People can add! As long as I have hair, I don’t care.

Beth: With the chemistry between herself as playing “Harley” and Ricky Paull as playing “Gus” on “Guiding Light” , does she thinks that will carry over? She had discussed how their chemistry and relationship was on “GL” and said she hoped.

Amanda: How different is working on AMC vs. GH’s Night Shift. It is very different because GH ran Monday thru Thursday and Night Shift ran 14 hours on a Friday. She loves working on AMC.

Colin: About recurring status, everyone was sad.

Somewhere along the way it was suggested that “Amanda” & “Josh” be love interests, they went running toward the center of the stage and faked making out, which I sadly could not get on camera.

A little girl had gone up to Cameron during the Q & A when he picked her up & then carried her around a bit. She then had a question. She had forgotten whom the question was for so Cameron whispered in her ear it was for him. She then asked when he was going to tell Greenlee he loved her. It was so sweet. She is 5.

About 1:30 the Q & A was wrapped up. We were told that certain stars would remain in the room we were in and others were a different room. We were not, however, told who would be where. Since I was at the far end of the room, I was one of the last people out. I saw Daniel’s line was so short, so I stopped there first.

He was very nice. Seemed very happy to be on the show. Always making sure for those with digital cameras that the picture took. I hope he can remain on the show and continue to gain fan favoritism, because I think he will be a huge asset to the show.

I made my way over to the other room looking for Michael’s line, and I saw Colin’s line was not too long, so I stood in line there. In front of me was a young man named Henry, who is mentally challenged, and his mother who was so nice. Henry seemed more happy to be there, to meet the stars, with life in general, than most people I know. He was so excited to meet all the stars! Well, Colin was just as happy to meet Henry. Colin actually asked the girl who was with him (who, I’m sorry girls, I think is his girlfriend) to take a picture with himself and Henry with HIS camera and also one of just Henry. This made Henry’s day even better. Colin was very nice when it was my turn. He is very cute, I think more so in person.

I was still looking around, trying to find where everyone was. Amanda’s line was very short, so she was my next stop. While waiting, I saw my friend from Janny’s Place message board – Jackie. She was waiting for Rebecca. Amanda was no nice and gracious as well. I really hope everyone can take her in as “Babe.”

Brianne’s line was also short, so she was my next stop. Again, very nice.

I wanted to go in Rebecca’s line, but she had to leave early, so it was cut off.

Michael’s line was SO long, I just couldn’t see myself standing in it. I decided, however, to wait in Alicia’s. While there, Richard left out of one the door right next to me. Again, camera not ready. I must say, however, that Alicia she was the MOST gracious star out of the day. Everyone was so kind, but she takes the cake. She thanked me for waiting in line. (Which was about a half hour.) She asked me if it was my first time and told me to have a good time and enjoy. She genuinely talked to people. Which I cannot imagine is easy after ALL those fans!! She also remembered fans she met before and seemed very interested in what was happening in their lives and sharing hers. She seemed to treat everyone like a friend. Michael was right next to her, so I was able to at least see him and take a few photos while I waited in line, which made my day!!

I made my way back to the other room to see Jacob but he had left. Chishell’s line was short, so I stopped there. Well, this woman is soo pretty. I actually told her this and kind of felt like a goon afterwards, but she is genuinely pretty. Not show biz, not too much make up. She has good skin!! She was very nice as well.

Well, while in line I find out where my Cameron has been all this time. In the corner of the room we started in. His line isn’t too long. Hmm…I think to myself. I met him before. But, can I forgive myself if I don’t again. I go. His wait is not too long either. I actually talked to him this time instead of the first time going uhhhh, uhhh. LOL!! I told him abut the time I met him & Josh (Duhamel) in Reading.

It was 3:30 and time for the lines to be capped. I was afraid I wouldn’t make it to Michael’s line. I also knew I had to make it out of there by 4 to catch my bus. So even if I did make it to his line, my fear was I would not make it to the bus station in time. Melissa’s line was short, not capped, so I decided to wait and meet her. Again, very nice.

At this point, 3:45, the lines were finally capped. I took one last look around and left the hotel. I have a new respect for those actors and actresses, how much they love their fans. I am so thankful they do things like this. I made my way back to the bus station, stopping for dinner to take with me, again admiring this wonderful city. I said good-bye to NYC about 5:00 p.m., knowing I will be back, but not soon enough. (I made it home at 8:00 p.m. after a very long day, but very well worth it.) I hope I get the chance to go again next year!

Check out the AMC autograph page to see the autographs Nikky obtained!

Page updated 5/26/10

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