Monday, July 3, 2023

Friend Encounters: Henry Winkler and Glen and Alicia Rylko

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

Today I feature one of the coolest guys with Henry Winkler. With no disrespect to The Fonz, Glen Rylko was one of the coolest, nicest people I have known. Unfortunately, Glen passed away a couple years ago. I miss my convention pal.
Glen and his wife Alicia were constant presences at comic cons. We often crossed paths in various lines, stopping to chat and take pictures every time. It was uncanny how many times our celebrity meet lists were nearly identical.
I knew Glen for many years. We also shared a passion for wrestling. I always enjoyed seeing Glen at events.
We texted often between events. We'd vent our wrestling frustrations for laughs. I knew Glen's health wasn't great, but I never heard him complain. Then there was a long stretch with no texts. I texted his son, hoping there was some other reason. Sadly, Glen was not doing well. Shortly after, his son relayed the news Glen had passed.
Every time I go to any convention now, I always think of Glen. I don't see Alicia at cons, because I think it was more Glen's thing.
Rest in peace, my friend. You're at every convention in spirit!
Glen, Henry Winkler and Alicia in Rosemont, IL-August 2019.

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