Monday, January 30, 2023

Friend Encounters: John Travolta and Glen and Alicia Rylko

Friend Encounters is a weekly series featuring my friends who have met celebrities.

Today I feature my dearly departed friend Glen and his widow Alicia with one of the biggest stars they or I ever met. I remember this day clearly.

Glen and I were convention buddies,. While we didn't really get together outside of comic cons and wrestling events, we kept in touch with texts. I valued his friendship and I really miss my buddy.

At Wizard World a few years ago, we all met John Travolta. As we waited to see him, we wondered how he would be. Big name celebrities can be hit-or-miss. Most are at least polite, if not outgoing and friendly, but you never know.

I met Travolta first and then did not see Glen and Alicia until later that day. As we compared notes, we agreed he was super nice. Keep in mind, the time constratints limit the actual interactions, but Travolta was as cool as could be given the situation. He asked our names and thanked us for coming. That's all we really wanted. That's all it takes to make a nice encounter in those photo ops.

Sadly, Glen passed away early last year. He had been sick for a while, but we kept in touch until the very end. His son Patrick delivered the sad news about a week after our last text.

As we head into comic con season, I am thinking about Glen. He is no longer with us, but he is there in spirit. Glen always supported my efforts and encouraged me. He was a great friend and a wonderful human. RIP alwys Glen.

Alicia, John Travolta and Glen Rylko in Rosemont, IL-August 2019.

No comments: