It was around 13 years ago this month I had the privilege and honor to meet George A. Romero. It was at FX Con. with an ex girlfriend of mine. It was at the Florida Midstate Fairgrounds we were one of the first to arrive. As we sat waiting for the doors to open out walks this man who towered over me, now I am about 6 feet tall, he was about 6 foot 6 inches tall. He was balding in a U shape with long hair in the back pulled in a pony tail and round coke bottle glasses. It was the legend himself George Romero, I could not believe it.
He had stepped outside to smoke a cigarette, he smoked like a chimney even more than me at the time and I was a 2 pack a day smoker back then. He talked to the small group of us waiting to get in, I could not believe how personable he was. People were asking him all sorts of questions about his movies and getting to know the man behind the myth. This went on for about 10 minutes or so when one of the people helping to set-up let him know they were about to open the doors.
When the doors opened I rushed to his line and was the first person in it. This was cool because I was able to talk to him while I was waiting I thanked him for his body of work like “Night of the Living Dead” and “Dawn of the Dead.” I also talked with him about the fact that the only thing that would have made the day better than meeting him was meeting both him and Dario Argento.
He told me “I have been trying to get him to come to one of these things for awhile.” I had loved Dario’s work since I saw “Trauma”. This conversation went on for a couple of minutes when they finally let us go get our autographs. I had brought my copy of both “Night of the living Dead” and “Dawn of the Dead” on DVD for him to sign. I was able to take a picture with him, unfortunately my ex shot a blurry picture of us. I thanked him for the autographs and let the others have their turn. Both of us had such a good time talking that he forgot to charge me for the autographs.
This may have been a short meeting with him but to me it is something that will stay with me till the day I die.
THANK YOU Mr. Romero for every movie you have made and for the memory of one of the best days of my life. Unlike the zombies in your movies Rest In Peace.