I believe we were all very disappointed that Bill
Brennan wasnt at the Denver Con with us (FYI - He told me that Bev and the Denver
cast had offered to buy him a ticket to come out there but he had just taken a new job and
couldn't get away). About a month ago Bill sent me this story along with some other Shock
Treatment things for the book that Im now helping him and Gene with. I was wondering
where I was going to use this and it occurred to me that this would be the perfect
opportunity to fill (though somewhat inadequately) the hole Bill left us at this con.
Bert Schnick and Richard OBrien
It was 1995 at the 20th Anniversary
of RHPS. It was the first night of the convention, Friday evening, at the Roxy. The Roxy,
of course, is Lou Adlers club where a live stage production of the RHS first
entranced America. Casts and fans from all over the world were there. They were doing live
stage performances, Sal hosted, and we all just finished crying our eyes out from seeing
the first ever World Premier of "Once in a While."
By Bill Brennan
(rollover comments on the pics are also Bills)
I was in the mens room with Charley Brown of the Tucson Arizona cast, A Jump to
the Left (nice tie in to the Oct. con Bill ;-) jefF). We were drinking a mixture of
grain alcohol and cherry juice from a bottle that I smuggled in. We were pretty fucked up,
talking about how great it was to see everyone, and laughing at the poor guy who had
fallen asleep in the stall next to us (he was snoring
Thats when we heard Sal Piro announce that Richard OBrien and Pat Quinn had
We took a last pull from the bottle and made
it to the stage Richard and Pat were right in front of us! They sang, they danced,
they answered questions. Now Richard and I are somewhat friendly, having met each other on
many occasions over the years. I wanted to have a quick word with him before he left, so I
started walking towards the door they entered through. We came to the door at the same
time and I said, "hi." Thats when two big, beefy, security people came
over, opened the door and rushed Pat, Richard, and much to my surprise
myself through the door! We were ushered through the kitchen and out the exit into the
alley where a limo was waiting. We made small talk, asked about mutual friends, and the
limo driver finally appeared. Richard commented that is was so hard to believe that
Im from New York City as Im always "so delightful."
"Well, I can prove Im from New York," I
said. "Watch this."
I messed my hair up, rumpled my clothes, and said in a very drunk accent, "Yo, my
man, spare some change? Got a dolla?"
Richard smiled and reached into his pocket and placed an American dollar in my
"Yo, man, God bless ya," I said and we both laughed.
I went to give him his dollar back and he said, "Keep it Burt, hard times you
I laughed and Pat said, "I think were ready now." (She had finished her
Richard asked me if I needed a ride, and of course I didnt because there was
still a lot of fun left to be had inside the Roxy. He and Patricia drove off and I went
back inside with an interesting story to tell
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