This morning I’m kind of bleary-eyed because I definitely stayed up past my bedtime. Last night we celebrated the 25th Anniversary of Robotech at the AirTel Hotel in Van Nuys, California, and almost all the remaining voice actors attended. Greg Snegoff even flew in from Italy.
Fans came from all over, one as far as Tokyo. There were probably about 100 people in attendance for an elegant dinner and show.
Actors and others attending included: Robert Axelrod, Eddie Frierson, Michael Bradley, Barbara Goodson, Melora Harte, Melanie McQueen, Tony Oliver, Michael McConnohie, Michael Sorich, Melodee Spevack, Paul St. Peter, Alexandra Kenworthy, Richard Epcar, Steve Kramer, Greg Finley, Wendee Lee, Yuri Lowenthal, David Millburn, Ellyn Stern, Dan Woren, Mike Reynolds, Frank Catalano, Svea Macek, Thomas White (composer), Steve Wittmack (composer) and, of course, myself, Rebecca Forstadt. Michael Bradley’s band, Ghost and the Time Machine entertained and saved me from signing We Will Win!
We had a champagne toast. Tom Bateman and his twin brother Dennis, headed up the program along with many volunteers. They created a showreel that featured credits for all the actors. We loved it!
I showed up for a symposium earlier in the day and answered questions. I think the most touching thing was how Robotech had changed the lives of many of the participants. Some had experienced difficult childhoods and Robotech was an escape from harsh reality.
I want to thank the many legions of fans all over the world that have kept Robotech alive all these years.
Of course, the 25th celebration included the loss of several who contributed to the show. Carl Macek, producer, Ulpio Minucci and Arlon Ober, composer and lyrics, Bob Barron, writer, director and all-round good guy, and Billy Capizzi, voice actor. We will miss them all terribly. Svea Macek was on hand to witness a moving tribute to Carl.
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