Topic: Comic Cons
TODAY'S FEATURE IS BLOG #3680 - Today I'm taking the time to blog about a special banquet that occured during the Comic-Con International (aka San Diego Comic Con).
I'm talking about the Richard Alf Memorial Banquet that was held Saturday evening on July 14th, 2012 in the Celestial Room of the US Grant Hotel.
If that location sounds familiar, it could be because the US Grant was the first home of the San Diego Comic Con back in 1970!
The banquet was a small gathering, (seating capacity at 130 attendees), but full of well wishes for the man that the Banquet was named for, Richard Alf.
Richard passed away earlier this year in January. (See Blog #3578 for his passing.) I was able to attend his funeral in Ramona, California, (Blog #3582), on January 12th. For those of you that don't know... Richard was one of the Co-Founders of the San Diego Comic Con, including financing it for a couple of years.
Greg Koudoulian was the organizer of this event, and was also the host of the evening at the Banquet. It was a good presentation, where several persons got up after a buffet dinner, and talked a bit about their rememberances of Richard Alf. Please see the links below for the photos I snapped, and for the videos that will be uploaded.
Others that were there and talked about their experiences with Richard Alf were: Mark Evanier, George Clayton Johnson, Paul M Sammon, Steve Geppi, Greg Koudoulian, Nick the Doorman from the El Cortez Hotel days, Jackie Estrada, Phil Dana Yeh, Ed Cormier, and Richard's mother! Plus others that I didn't remember to write down...
The buffet dinner was excellent, the drinks were very fine, the company was great, and a good time was had by all at this memorial banquet in honor of Richard Alf.
This was definitely a Near Mint (NM) 9.4 comic book grade event!
Thanks again to Greg Koudoulian and Steve Geppi for this special event that took place on July 14th!
There is a Richard Alf Legacy Facebook Group Page that you could ask to join.
The photos that I took at this Banquet are shown at this Facebook Fan Page link of mine.
I will be uploading videos to my YouTube channel at this link: Hamersky On Comics.
Note: Photos presented at the top of this blog are:
1) The flyer for this special event. 2) Nick the Doorman & Michael D Hamersky prior to the banquet starting. 3) Michael at his table after receiving the 'Blogger of the Century' Award from the Planet El Cortez / 'The Don Room Award' presenters.
~ Michael D Hamersky
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