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UMA Wonderfest Thank You
« on: July 23, 2008, 06:24:51 PM »
It takes a small army to put together something like the UMA Toy Exhibit. This small army deserves an honorable mention from it's General, so here goes. God, I hope I don't forget anybody. If I do, please forgive me. I'm getting old.

In no particular order or rank.

Raymond Castile - Raymond is my partner in toy crime. His Svengali like influence is what's needed at times to forge onward. He may have a loud bark, but he's still cute and snug as a bug. Without his sometimes rude and relentless drive to see things through, we might have given up long ago. 

Creepy Jeff Pripusich - without Jeff, the Toy Tour would have fallen flat this year. The exhibit materials would probably still be sitting in some dilapidated warehouse in St. Louis. Jeff has driven thousands of miles in the past three months to ensure that the show would go on as scheduled.  He feels like a brother to me even if he is the biggest dushbag I know. I love the guy.  ;)

Andy Williams - Andy has become a good friend of mine. He and I had a ton of laughs over the weekend. He also invested a lot of his own time in assisting us with the exhibit. Even though he had his own booth to contend with at Wonderfest, he still made every possible effort in providing us with his assistance. I cherish having him as a monster kid friend. A class act. And a good drinking buddy too.

Elizabeth and Dave Haney - These two individuals are some of the sweetest folks I know. Elizabeth truly has that den mother quality about her which makes me feel safe. Her dedication to the display is second to none! She amazes me everytime I see her. I can't say enough nice things about her. And her husband Dave was every bit as helpful as she was. And a very nice guy too. Kudos to their friend Anthony who also assisted above and beyond any call of duty.

Chris White - This was the first time I met Chris. Talk about being thrown into the frying pan! That didn't stop Chris. No sir, he dove right in and got his hands dirty. A very nice addition to the army; and a very talented one too. Another very classy guy!

Harry Hammock, Chuck Jeffers, Timothy Herron, and Nicole - all assisting in some capacity or another. Thank you all for joining the effort.

Also a salute must go out to those who dedicated their toys, their money, their time and energy into creating premiums for us to sell, and for continued support above the call of duty! Folks like:

Mike Scott, Bobby Beeman, Max Cheney, Rob Tullo, Robert Taylor, Dan Roebuck, Richard Olson, Matt Jaycox, Acme Design, Allied Vaughn. And to anyone and everyone who ever purchased any of our fund-raising stuff. Salute! And God bless! See ya'll next year!
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Re: UMA Wonderfest Thank You
« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2008, 07:31:00 PM »
Hey Terry - there was one person that you glaringly left off this list...YOU, ya duschbag!  If not for you, there would be no Universal Monster Army.  This is the largest collection of classic monster loving friends (who in many cases are becoming like family) that I'm so proud to be associated with.  You maintained a happy, professional demeanor throughout the set up and tear down (and even during the breakdown - oops, wasn't supposed to talk about that).   So THANK YOU, General!!!  You're a comrade, a friend and a brother. 

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Re: UMA Wonderfest Thank You
« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2008, 09:37:46 PM »
What is a duschbag?

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Re: UMA Wonderfest Thank You
« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2008, 10:17:16 PM »
What is a duschbag?
It's what we pack our clothes in while on the UMA Toy Tour. ;D

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Re: UMA Wonderfest Thank You
« Reply #4 on: July 24, 2008, 12:26:39 AM »
What is a duschbag?

douche bag: a small syringe with detachable nozzles; used for vaginal lavage and enemas
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Re: UMA Wonderfest Thank You
« Reply #5 on: July 24, 2008, 01:27:47 AM »
Thank you very much, Terry, for your leadership and friendship.  You are the perfect Yin to my Yang.  Imagine yourself as a little cartoon cherub on UMA's right shoulder.  I'm the little devil on the left shoulder.  Then along comes Max, jumping on UMA's shoulders for a piggyback ride, crushing us both.

Thank you Jeff for becoming our new best buddy.  Jeff really emerged as one of the heroes of the UMA.  I already considered him a friend, but now I feel he's one of my best friends.  He is a cool guy.  I don't know who else would drive a cargo van full of lumber and plastic back and forth across the midwest, not once, but twice in the span of several weeks.  That man needs a vacation.

Andy and I have been best friends for years. But after a dozen hours on the road and four nights in a hotel room, I don't know if we could get any closer without him filing for divorce.  As Terry already said, Andy really pulled double-triple-duty at Wonderfest to help make the UMA display happen.

Nicole!  Obrigado!  I finally met this charming young lady in person.  She was extremely helpful, giving of her time and effort to help assemble the display and watch it throughout the weekend.  It was sad saying goodbye.  But we sure had a nice adventure during the Rondo ceremony, living out a little fantasy as Coffin Joe and his disciple, presenting the Monster Kid of the Year award to Mee-kaayl Sklee-ZEEEEN-grrrr!!!  We were a hit!  Nicole did a fantastic job playing the "straight man," always the hardest role to play in a comedy routine.  And what a great costume!  She threw herself into the whole UMA/Wonderfest effort and gave 110 percent.  

Elizabeth and Dave Haney - you have my sincere thanks and gratitude.  Not just for your tireless work and dedication, but for putting up with my bossiness!  I like to call Elizabeth the official UMA den mother.  I'm not sure if she likes that designation, but it fits.  She is always there to keep the rest of us from falling apart.  Like Andy, she had her own table to worry about.  But that didn't stop her and her family from spending much of the weekend working on the UMA display.  When the show unexpectedly let the public into the room two hours early, and the display was not quite finished, Elizabeth guarded the display until the rest of us got there. Andy barricaded it with boxes, forming a "line of death" that Elizabeth made sure no one crossed.

Every time we do a show, there is one UMA member who seems to come out of nowhere and throws himself/herself into the effort.  This time, it was Chris White.  I barely knew him before Wonderfest.  But he proved himself indispensable, donating classic toys like King Zor and putting a ton of elbow grease into assembling the display and tearing it down.  Thank you very much Chris!

Max was not at Wonderfest physically, but he was there in voice and in spirit.  His audio program blared away all weekend, creating the soundtrack for our display.  Anyone who got within 10 feet of our space heard Max's "DJ" voice introducing classic monster novelty songs.  It gave the exhibit an added "trick-or-treat" quality, like playing a spooky sound fx album just inside your front door on Halloween night.

Thank you Dan Roebuck for donating some incredibly rare and precious toys.  The 1948 Don Post Frankenstein box and the AHI Creature squirt gun are rare and "valuable," but I suspect his childhood Colorforms aliens and custom-made stuffed Gill-Man are even more "precious."  They helped make this year's display particularly special.  I know you were "sweating bullets" putting your babies in the mail.  Don't worry, they will be back home soon.

Thank you Bobby for your hours and hours of work creating the poster archive CD/DVD collection, and thank you Mike for creating the packaging.  Thank you Matt for donating your custom action figure creations.  These fundraisers helped make the display possible.  Without them, I think it would have been impossible.

Thank you Timothy for turning our display space into a stage for your dramatic performance.  You put on quite a show.  And thank you for helping with the tear down.

Thank you Rob Tullo for contributing your SCREECH! owl.  He's so cute.  He will be flying back home to you soon.

Thank you to everyone else who helped watch the display or bought one of our fundraising items.

Although I prefer having the display in its own room instead of the dealers room, I still think this was the best UMA Toy Display we've done yet.  The selection of toys and the way they were presented was leaps ahead of anything seen during the display's previous five appearances.  The new graphics and plexi made it look spiffy.  Max's audio set the tone.  It was a complete package.  I'm very proud of the job we did this year.  I think it will be a tough act to beat.
Raymond Castile

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Re: UMA Wonderfest Thank You
« Reply #6 on: July 24, 2008, 09:46:55 AM »
douche bag: a small syringe with detachable nozzles; used for vaginal lavage and enemas
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Re: UMA Wonderfest Thank You
« Reply #7 on: July 24, 2008, 01:41:19 PM »
Peeking in to say hello...

It's been hard to come back to real life and earth here, after the lovely weekend at WonderFest.  Time went too quickly!  This was my second WonderFest convention, and it was as enjoyable this year as it was last year; I am already looking forward to next year.

For my (long-suffering) husband Dave Kitz, this was his first horror/sci-fi related convention.  In the 18 years Dave has known me, he has been dragged into helping with all kinds of hi-jinks, so this was almost old hat for him.  (I believe when I had him suspending rubber chickens on fish line in the window of Horrorbles, he stopped being surprised anymore.)  I was very glad he had the opportunity to meet so many of my friends this weekend, and could put faces to names, and see the exhibit first-hand.

My dear friend Anthony Jaskulski, my surrogate son for the weekend, had a wonderful time, and is already planning his return to the convention next year-- and is also sketching out plans for his first model that he wants to sculpt and cast, leaving me feeling we did it right this weekend, passing on the monster-love, inspiring a member of the next generation of model builders, thus securing the future of events like WonderFest.

Jeff, after looking at the photos you posted, I have determined there will be a ban on all pictures taken next year in exhibit halls where the temperature exceeds eighty degrees.  Phew! It was hot in there!

I agree with Raymond-- the exhibit looked GREAT in that room!  Although it certainly is nice to have it in a room by itself, it looked really sharp in the exhibit hall, with all the other wonderful displays that were gathered at that end of the room.  We were certainly in excellent company there! 

To add a little more to the chorus that General Terry started, and belt out a few more verses about the heroes of this year's UMA tour...

The guys at Acme Design in Elgin, Illinois: http://www.acmedesign-inc.com/ 
Owner Clint Borucki raided his supplier file and gave us a list of wholesale suppliers, which got us a great break on the price of sheet Plexi.  Then Kenn Kooi and Dean Millermon (gifted sculptors, artists and casters by day, dauntless Plexiglas cutters and drillers by night, who take friendship above and beyond...) cut and drilled the Plexi, on their own time.  Their help doubtlessly saved time, materials, expenses and bloodshed such as would have taken place if Jeff and I had being doing it. ;-)  (For those who have never been showered in little bits of sharp, hot Plexi shavings, let me just say it's a pretty darn unpleasant experience.)


Finally... a cheer, a toast -- and a prayer -- for John Mitchell. 
Every time I work around and with that exhibit, I marvel at the brilliant design, and there never seem to be enough accolades for what he has created.  Taking apart and putting together the exhibit really gives one an amazing view of how intelligent the whole design is-- the way it stores, rides and moves. 

John, you remain in our thoughts and prayers... be safe over there, and hurry home to us!  You were sorely missed this year, and we look forward to having you back-- and seeing what you cook up next!
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Re: UMA Wonderfest Thank You
« Reply #8 on: July 25, 2008, 01:06:51 AM »
Dear UMA FANG-MILY,
... Here 'tis, one week, later, and, I'm still delighting, in the glorious memories, of the warm fellowship, shared, with all of our stellar UMA Troops!
... Exceptionally fine was the laid-back time enjoyed with GENERAL TERRY & CREEPY JEFF! Thanks, for letting me share the other memorized poems with you!
... Too many people to thank, for the brief moments captured by my "inner-recording device", which made WONDERFEST so unforgettable. You are all appreciated and loved by me... and, I am blessed, by the mutuality, of your joy, at seeing me & my offerings!
... Those who photo-oped my most recent FRANKENSTEIN re-creation, THANK YOU! More often than not, I'll make-up & perform, only to have, in follow-up, scant record to evaluate.

... Among my best memories, on a personal note, were the kind remarks, made by BOB & KATHY BURNS, about my GLENN STRANGE FRANKENSTEIN Sculpting.
... I'd made it 5 years ago, from a limited supply of old monster mag FRANKENSTEIN Photos, and, had told BOB & KATHY about it when I met them, at THE MONSTER BASH, in AD 2004, along with SARA KARLOFF.
... I decided, on a sudden impulse, to take it along, to WONDERFEST, since BOB & KATHY would be in attendance.
... On WONDERFEST Sunday, BOB, along with CSI make-up artist, JOHN GOODWIN, CORTLANDT HULL, and another gentleman, were just about to begin their seminar, honouring the memory of JOHN CHAMBERS, Make-Up Artist Extraordinaire, of PLANET OF THE APES Fame {& so many other shows!}.
... As I was finding a seat, BOB looked up at me & said: "Hi, TIM. Your FRANKENSTEIN MAKE-UP, yesterday, was wonderful!"
... I answered: "Thanks, BOB! On that note, here's something we spoke about awhile back." With that, I lobed the mask over two rows, landing it on the table, directly in front of BOB.
... He picked it up, and, realizing what it was, marveled at it for a moment, before quipping: "Wow! That's GLENN! You've captured him better than anyone ever has! Even, his profile; no one ever gets that right!"
... I said: "Even his chin?" I'd always been uncertain whether I'd sculpted it too deep. He looked & said: "No. You got it right!"
... We spoke more about it, following the seminar, and, I told BOB, that I'd hopefully have a full mask completed for him, by the time of CLASSIC MOVIE MONSTER CON, since he & KATHY will be Guests, along with ELENA VERDUGO, SARA KARLOFF & DONNIE DUNAGAN. It will be one more special MONSTER KID Moment, for all in attendance, to enjoy! I hope, that, many of you will join us!
EXANIMO EVERNOW,
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Re: UMA Wonderfest Thank You
« Reply #9 on: July 25, 2008, 11:39:34 AM »
That's great, do you have a picture of the Glenn Strange sculpt, Baron?  I'd love to see it.

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« Reply #10 on: July 26, 2008, 07:11:28 AM »
Dear Brother, ROB,
... I'll try to get a photo taken, in the near future, to post. The olde mask is a somewhat "rough cut"; the newer will be totally complete!
EXANIMO EVERNOW,
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Re: UMA Wonderfest Thank You
« Reply #11 on: July 27, 2008, 02:22:09 PM »
Ray - you mentioned the audio track created by Max of the Monster novelty songs - what was the song with the loud..I dunno, sort of oboe sound...that would repeat? I'd never heard that before.

BTW, you and Tim are welcome - I had a great time helping out and felt the armyaccepted me with open claws.  I appreciated to opportunity to share my collectibles with everyone at the show, and to have them displayed in such a classy, professional way.

 I hope you won't mind if I share the comment I made to you while we were breaking down the display. I was a little apprehensive loaning my things to the display - worrying about "sharing my toys". I didn't need to. Seeing the care that Ray and the others took handling the items in the display eased my mind immediately. Everyone was as cautious as if the item being handled were their own. I'll be happy to pitch in whenever I can.

 

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