I knew Brooks from his portrayal of Hawk on tv's Spencer:For Hire, also starring Robert Urich. Once again, I was the lone wolf among a crowd of Trekkies who didn't know or care much for the Hawk role. They loved Brooks for his Star Trek role of Benjamin Sisko.
I met Brooks early in the day and we had a little extra time to talk. He asked me where I was from. I told him how I was born and raised on the far south side of Chicago, very close to Indiana. He started talking about his childhood in Gary (IN). Brooks was actually born in Evansville (IN), but moved to Gary when he was 8.
We talked a bit about the area and familiar things. As I was leaving, he thanked me for bringing up good memories. I thanked him as well, because not that many people are familiar with that area.
This is just another example of the celebrities and the conditions at the Motor City Comic Con being so different than a lot of celebrities at conventions. The folks at MCCC are doing something right, because I have never had or heard of any bad experience with any celeb there. Plus, you usually have that little extra bit of time with the star which makes it a special experience as opposed to simply an autograph opportunity.
Avery Brooks and me at the Motor City Comic Con in Novi, MI-May 2008.