Days of the Dead returns to Chicago (Schaumburg) November 16-18. One of the featured guests is Traci Lords, an old favorite of mine.
I have followed Traci's career for 30+ years. One of her first roles was in Not of This Earth, which is a very underrated movie. (Our friend Kelli Maroney also appears in it.) Traci also co-starred in Cry-Baby, and several other movies. She had regular roles on television shows, too, including Roseanne, Melrose Place, Profiler and First Wave. Her latest project is Swedish Dicks, a tv show about two Swedish detectives trying to make it in Los Angeles.
I first met Traci many years ago. Over the years, I have seen her many times. The last time I saw Traci was at Culture Shock, an offshoot of Days of the Dead, in 2015.
Jack and I were taking the elevator to the convention floor. When the elevator doors opened, we stepped in to see Traci and Malcolm McDowell. Jack was excited to run into McDowell, because he had been a fan for a long time. I was happy to see Traci and pleasantly surprised when Traci recognized me from previous conventions.
It's always a bit of a fine line seeing celebrities multiple times. I never want to appear to be too clingy, but I enjoy catching up with my favorites when I can. Fortunately, Traci always seems okay with me and I appreciate her kindness.
Traci is a great convention guest. She has plenty of different pictures for sale, which is always cool for fans. I usually pick up a new one every time I see her.
She is also awesome with her fans. Traci is one of the nicest celebrities I have met at conventions. As I wrote, I have seen her many times and I have always had great experiences. She is a true professional and a delight.
Check DaysoftheDead.com for more info and to get tickets. Also, check out TraciLords.com and follow @TraciLords on twitter.
Traci Lords and me in Indianapolis, IN-February 2015.