Motor City Comic Con is coming back to Novi, MI May 17-19. I always look forward to this con. I also look back on so many great memories there.
From 1976-1980, Kristy McNichol starred as Letitia "Buddy" Lawrence on tv's Family. Eight years later, she had another successful tv run as Barbara Weston on Empty Nest from 1988-1995. I was a regular watcher of both shows.
When I saw McNichol would be at the 2016 Motor City Comic Con, I put her on my priority list. She hadn't done many celebrity appearances and I wasn't going to miss her there. In fact, since her acting retirement in 2001, she spent most of her time teaching acting and doing charity work.
McNichol is an actress I never expected to meet. Because of her low profile, it seemed I wouldn't get the chance. Then when I did, it was a bit surreal. I remember watching her as "Buddy" way back when. It was almost like seeing a childhood friend. Back then, there was never a thought that you would actually meet and talk to these tv stars. You were happy just to pic up a magazine and read about them or maybe join their fan club.
McNichol was as sweet as could be. We talked about her shows, her brother Jimmy and more. She seemed genuinely grateful for her fans and I know the fans were happy to see her.
I haven't seen her doing any shows since. I hope she does some shows though, because an entire generation grew up watching her grow up on tv and would love to see her. I'd certainly like to see her again.
For this year's celebrity and artist lineup, head to MotorCityComicCon.com. I'll be "On the Beat" all weekend.
Kristy McNichol, Cuzz Gekas and me in Novi, MI-May 2016.