Tonight I had the privilege of taking my Dad to an event at the LA Public Library featuring Alan Alda and Mike Farrell from MASH. My Dad is always doing things for everyone and I finally feel I got to do something special for him. My Dad is a big fan of the MASH television show and owns 2 entire sets of the DVDs.
This event was full when I found out about it but we were able to attend with the help of Mike Farrell. Mike and Alan are each doing their own book tours and this event is the only joint venture on their schedule. The format was basically a conversation between the two of them with a Q&A at the end and then book signing. We were able to sit in the very front row in an audience of 250+ that included Booger (Revenge of the Nerds) and Howie Klein (former president of Reprise Records). The primary topic was MASH but there were lots of other entertaining stories included as well. The event was recorded for a podcast and I will post the link and any official pictures when they are available. Unfortunately photos weren’t allowed during the event but I was able to snap a few pics during the signing.
I wanted to ask a question during the Q&A and also request that they say “Welcome Home” to my Dad. This is a phrase that he tells other Vietnam Vets when he meets them because the troops from Vietnam never received a proper welcome when they returned. Unfortunately the Q&A ended before I had the chance to tell them. I did however suggest that he ask them to personalize that message when they sign his books. He did ask them to sign it “Welcome Home” and they kindly obliged and welcomed him home and thanked him for his service. I must say that it was quite an event. I wish I would have filmed it on video. I didn’t think of it until after the fact. Below are some of the pics from the event.
It was nice to spend the evening with my Dad. We had a snack before the event and then went to dinner at Outback Steakhouse after the event. I know my Dad reads my blog on a daily basis (even though I don’t post that often), so I just want to say “Dad, I Love You and it was a really special evening. I hope you think about this night whenever you get down. Pick up one of their books and read it. Remember to turn the page and look for positive things to look forward to. There are a lot of people that love you very much, myself being one of them”.