So...I have news. I went to the Fan Expo in Philadelphia this weekend. I got the super deluxe package to get my photo taken with and autographs from Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd and Tom Wilson. It was ridiculously expensive but I figure I'm only going to do this once.
The whole thing was an exhausting ordeal with poor/confusing signs and long lines everywhere. I do not recommend it. But I did finally get what I went there for. We got our photo taken with the trio which took about 5 seconds, no exaggeration. They really hustled people through there.
Next were the long waits and long lines for the autographs (I brought the soundtrack album/record). It was super unorganized. We had timed tickets but they were almost meaningless. There were no roped lines, just taped lines along the floor which worked about as well as you'd expect. The one for MJF was weird. They had him in an area behind a curtain that you could only get to if you were getting something signed. Once back there you had to hand off your item to the people and they gave it to him to sign. You could see him but couldn't go up to the table right next to him. Also, no phones/cameras allowed. Again, it was weird. All three guys were in a BTTF panel later on so it's not like he was trying to not be seen in public.
Chris Lloyd was fine. He didn't really talk much. He's really neat and careful in signing his name.
Tom Wilson was really nice and was chatting with everyone. I asked him "Do you know anything about the new pinball machine?" He said "I have one in my basement. I was thinking of selling it but my kids keep telling me not to."
I said "The NEW pinball machine" and he said "Oh, I haven't heard anything about that." So that's the big news, people. Sorry I don't have something better to report.
I also asked Tom to write "What are you looking at, butthead?" and he wrote "You're a butthead." So I have that to hang on my wall forever.
Some guy also rented a booth with just his DeLorean decked out as the BTTF time machine. This was honestly the best deal of the day. It was $15 for a photo with it if you stood outside and $40 if you sat inside. I paid him $15 and he took several photos of us in front of the DeLorean with my camera.
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