Legend: Have you ever collected anything? Have you ever been a fan of anything or anyone? If so, how serious were you about it, how far would you go to obtain a collectible and what would be your most treasured “gets?”
Background: After our cold open on Charly Charlie, Scott sits down for a discussion with Astonishing Legends’ own intrepid reporter in the field, “Master” Marc D’Andre (you’ll find out who called him “Master” later in the episode) to find out about two of his passions: movies and the occasional autograph, letter or interaction from some of his favorite actors and personalities. Some of Marc’s memorable encounters include: the great Robert DeNiro; a phone call from 80s & 90s heartthrob Kelly LeBrock (The Woman in Red, Weird Science); from Star Wars – Carrie Fisher, Peter Cushing & Anthony Daniels, and a heartfelt and inspiring correspondence with character actor, Steve James (To Live and Die in L.A., the American Ninja series).
“I hope this doesn’t sound pompous, but I don’t think of myself as famous. Whatever fame I’ve got has come through what I’ve done and associations of things I’ve done.”
– Peter Cushing
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Final Observations: Fame and celebrity in our culture are curious things. On the one hand being famous can make an actor seem quite familiar to the average citizen, while at the same making a personal interaction with them a rare and exclusive occurrence for us mere mortals, especially in the days before the internet. However, much like the world of the paranormal, if you cast an inquiry out into the void, you just might get a response, whether it’s Kelly LeBrock or Charlie Charlie.
Episode 017 – ‘Collections and Connections’ Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess, Ryan McCullough Sound Design Copyright Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess 2015, All Rights Reserved.