My Moment with a Princess: Remembering Carrie Fisher

What a year 2016 was. I’m glad its coming to an end in a few hours. I’m at that age where we are going to see many of the idols we grew up with, depart this world. It seems like 2016 was the worst yet. Starting this past January with one of my favorite singers and musicians, David Bowie, to hopefully the last one of 2016 being announced, William Christopher, who played Father Mulcahy on one of my favorite shows, M*A*S*H.

“We seem to have reached the age where life stops giving us things and starts taking them away.”
-Dean Stanforth, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

The biggest shock, especially to Star Wars fans, was this past week with the passing of Carrie Fisher, and just a day later her mother, Debbie Reynolds. The departures that are hardest to deal with, are the people you actually get to meet in person. I was lucky to meet Carrie three years ago at the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo. It was just for a moment; got her autograph, and exchanged a few words with her, but was she ever a cool lady to be around. Put a smile on all those that were around her. She made her entrance with the volunteers with glitter bombs, and of course her four-legged best friend Gary who I got to meet too. I remember the person behind me had a copy of “Postcards from the Edge” to sign. I didn’t have anything so I was eagerly awaiting to see what 8x10s they had on the table. Sure enough, I picked the photo of Carrie in the famous gold bikini from Return of the Jedi. As soon as I get home after the holidays, that 8×10 is going into a frame.

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I volunteer with the Expo, 2017 will be my third year. The Expo organizers also put on the Saskatoon and Edmonton shows as well. They were fortunate to get Carrie as a guest at both shows this past September. I’m glad the fans in those cities had their moment with the princess too.

My sincerest condolences to Carrie and Debbie’s family. I can’t fathom what you are going through this week. Rest in peace Carrie and Debbie.

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