Friend Encounters is a weekly series featuring friends who have met celebrities.
With Flashback Weekend coming August 5-7, it's the perfect time for this Friend Encounter. This is the perfect picture, too.
Mike and Mia Kerz are the owners/promoters of Flashback Weekend, Chicago's longest running horror convention. The upcoming show is the 20th annual event and I have attended most of them.
Mike and Mia work tirelessly to make Flashback Weekend a great time for all. That work isn't just on the actual weekend. Their work is basically an ongoing thing all year. Having been involved in promoting such events, I can tell attest to how challenging it is. It also is reqarding when it all comes together.
The 2021 event might have been the biggest challenge. With the pandemic still affecting everyone to some degree, Mike and Mia were able to put on a fantastic event.
People think it is a glamorous job, because you get to mix with all the celebrities. The truth is you work with the celebrities. It is definitely still cool, but unfortunately, promoters like Mike and Mia spend little time with the celebs. That's why this picture is great. Mike and Mia actually were able to get a nice picture with Meatloaf.
I'll be "On the Beat" as always at Flashback Weekend. Check here for my recurring coverage.
As a side note, I am friends with Mike and Mia, but not with Meatloaf. I guess two out of three ain't bad.
On another much sadder note, Meat Loaf passed away early this year. I am so grateful to Mike, Mia and Cuzz for the opportunity to meet Meatloaf before he passed.
Mike, Meatloaf and Mia in Rosemont, IL-August 2021.