Yesterday, I was down in Saint John, New Brunswick for to see the So Long Springfield At Sea cruise ship dock and meet with some of the Guiding Light cast. All of which I did meet yesterday, I had met on previous occasions, some last October in New York City at the Guiding Light Fan Club Luncheon, and some at the So Long Springfield Tampa event back in March of this year.
There was gorgeous weather yesterday; sunny, hardly a cloud in the sky, and about 27C (81F), and very low humidity, and a light sea breeze. Not having been much around cruise ships before, the Carnival Glory ship was huge, and gorgeous, as ships go – the dock was as far as I got to go, though.
I got a chance to see some of my favourites, Tina Sloan (Lillian Raines), Beth Chamberlin (Beth Raines), Liz Keifer (Blake Marler) & Grant Aleksander (Phillip Spaulding). Also met Kim Zimmer (Reva Shayne) and Frank DiCopoulos (Frank Cooper), and saw from a bit of a distance, Robert Bogue (AC Mallet) & Mandy Bruno (Marina Cooper). There were some other cast on the show on the cruise, but didn’t see. Michael O’Leary (Dr Rick Bauer) had left earlier in the morning, via different door, with his mother for a bus tour, and a few stayed on board: Ron Raines (Alan Spaulding) and Jordan Clark (Billy Lewis). Robert Newman was also booked for the cruise, but wasn’t meeting up with them until today’s port of call in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Justin Deas (Buzz Cooper) was unable to make it due to a family emergency, and Marcy Rylan (Lizzie Spaulding Lewis) is currently busy with her role on Young & Restless – their might have been some contractual issues, too, while they’re on another show, not sure.
Many of the cast were doing their own thing with tours or just wandering around the downtown – Kim Zimmer & Frank DiCopoulos had rented some bicycles and were sightseeing that way. But the cast was pretty gracious to pose for pictures or sign autographs for local GL fans. A couple of fans who I was talking with had been watching GL for 40-50 years.
Beth Chamberlin, me, Liz Keifer
Beth Chamberlin & Tina Sloan
Beth Chamberlin, Tina Sloan & I
Liz Keifer on the Big Pink Bus
Liz Keifer, Beth Chamberlin & Tina Sloan (with Tina’s book, Changing Shoes: Getting Older–Not Old–with Style, Humor, and Grace.
Grant Aleksander & Tina Sloan (with Tina’s book).
Some other shots: