I got hundreds to thousands of photos through my life. A lot of which would match up to stories here on Cowabunga Corner, but for one reason or another they are not chosen. This does not mean that these photos are not worth sharing and do not hold stories of their own. I would like to keep sharing what I can here on the site, so whenever I can I will share a photo and a story to go along with the photo. If it’s a part of events that has been shared here, we will link back to the stories of the events themselves as well. Hope everyone enjoys. Today’s photo is me with James Tolkan.
In June 2008 Miki and I were traveling on one of our road trips to events and meeting with friends. While in Maryland on June 6th, we went to a small lake to show a friend of ours, Crittle, who lived in the area a spot we found that we liked to visit. She brought her son, as we walked around. Upon returning to the car we found the window smashed and a lot of stuff, including my laptop was stolen. In the laptop bag was a script from the Next Mutation. I was crushed. We filed a police report. And the window being gone was even worse news for me.
As I’ve shared here on Cowabunga Corner before, I have RSD. Wind is one of my biggest enemies, so I can not ride around in a car with the windows down. It hurts me bad. We used an umbrella to block the passenger window as much as we could, which did not work to well for me. The next day, Miki’s birthday, we spent at Home Depot making a fake window for the car, that needed to last till we got home. It was hot out that day, and I felt bad for Miki having to do this. Though she did an amazing job, we also had to clean all the broken glass out of the car. We did the event that we were on the trip for, missing a day because of this fast repair. Once it was done we wanted to cut the trip short and head home.
Heading home we went up through Gettysburg, this is a normal stop for us. We were tired and depressed, stopping at what was our favorite hotel in the area. We got a room, back of the building, corner room. And decided to get a treat before going to bed. We left the hotel and drove right down route 15 to an ice cream shop we go to from time to time. After ordering our Ice Cream we came out and found a DeLorean with Back to the Future Plates. We were amused and took a photo. Then we headed back to our hotel, parked and got out of our car. To our surprise there was a DeLorean next to us. No way that one we left behind could’ve passed us, and we don’t normally see DeLoreans driving around.
I took a step back and realized that the entire parking lot was filled with DeLoreans. We were in shock. We raced into our hotel room and got online, finding that there was a Back to the Future and DeLoreans convention going on right at this Hotel! Our story got out about how our car was broken into, Miki and I knew we could not get tickets into the event but wanted to see as much as we could. Though with our strange luck, we were able to score two passes.
The next day we walked around outside to see more of the DeLoreans in the daylight. It was on our way back into the hotel when we bumped into James Tolkan, for those who don’t know he played Mr. Strickland in “Back to the Future”. He knew who we were, and made some jokes about getting the ones who broke into our car. At this time we got to take the photo here for this Kodak Moment.
I’ve always enjoyed “Back to the Future” it was one of my favorite movies growing up. To meet any of the cast and have them be so friendly, really felt good. And it couldn’t have happened at a time when we needed it more. It truly helped lift our spirits, we stayed a few more nights at the hotel. Making it so our return home, was not filled with only the depression of the thief, but the joy of kind people in Gettysburg.
Have you been to a Back to the Future Convention? Have you met James Tolkan? Please feel free to share your memories, comments and questions below!