As you all know, last week John Schneider appeared at the Brisbane (Australia) Comic Book Convention. In attendence were Aussie Duke fans Bernadette and Paul, showing that DOH fever is as strong down under as it is ’round these here parts! So, we’re proud to name Bernadette and Paul as HazzardNet’s Fans of the Month for April/May! (We’re so late on April we might as well call it May! LOL)
Here’s their story on meeting John at the convention, along with pics!
On April 22nd 2006, Bernadette and Paul, from Toowoomba in Queensland Australia, made the two hour trip to Brisbane, with their brand new General Lee Buggy, to meet John Schneidder. We arrived at about 9:30 am , met Daniel, the organizer and parked The General. Paul blew the Dixie Horn (yes, it has one!) infront of the waiting crowds and they all cheered, which got Paul going! I’m sure John heard it too, he would’ve been there by then and EVERYWHERE you went, you could hear it! Most of the day was spent hanging around, we answered some enquiries about The General and took some photos for people.
At about 2:30 pm, John did a seminar, in which he answered the audiences’ questions for an entire hour (I will write a separate report!). He mentioned our buggy in that seminar, even though we didn’t mention it, so that was pretty cool! He also asked me (Bernadette) at one point, if I was going to do a Luke Duke and fly across THAT bonnet (it’s nearly as tall as me!) This, mind you, was infront of the whole room of about 200 people, so shocked as I was, I shook my head with a funny smile! He replied: “I didn’t think so!”. Not sure whether that was embarassing or funny! Straight after the seminar, we headed for Johns’ signing table and organised with Daniel, to meet him. John came downstairs not five minutes later and it was on! He seemed to be standing around waiting for someone to do something so I (Bernadette) made the first move and went up to John and shook his hand and said “Hi, how r u, it’s nice 2 meet u”. John replied with the same answer and one big smile! After that, it was pretty quick and I can’t remember much of what was said, but he signed the buggy and my season one dukes dvd cover where his picture is (you all know the pic I mean!). The last thing he said to us was: “Make sure you get some dirt on that thing guys! And some scratches too!”. We said “We will!” and I (Bernadette) said “Thankyou and have a safe trip home”. I’m not sure if he heard me as he was being swamped with people, but I hope he did!
For those who have been to our website and read the captions on the pics: John suggested we wipe the dust off the bonnet (don’t know how that got there!) cause he had his own cast members sign his General over dust before and the dust rubbed it off over time! Paul didn’t have anything on him to wipe it off with, so he used his shirt and that’s when they broke into laughter (re: the photos). We want to say a HUGE thankyou to Daniel, the show organizer, whom without none of this would’ve happened and to John Schneider:
Thank you and YEE HAA!!!!!!!
We’ve also updated our Fanfiction page! (I’m a couple of days early. LOL)
Despite the the good connections that folks make through HNet with their similar interests of the Dukes of Hazzard, we do remind you that, although we try very hard to keep the place safe, there are weird and freaky people out in the world, many of whom have access to computers (other than the weird and freaky threesome who run this joint LOL). Seriously tho’….we’re glad to see the new friendships emerge, we just want y’all to stay safe!Â
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Okay y’all the World of Wheels Autorama rolls into Detroit this weekend and Ben Jones will be there along with the General Lee! Remember folks, to check out the Autorama website http://www.autorama.com/ for all the news and coming attractions and for when the big show comes to a city near you!
Speaking of Cooter, here’s a great interview with him from thecheappop.com. thecheappop’s got the Coot! (Thanks Jason for the link!)
Back on February 18th, we posted an update with the TV Vote: Best TV Shows of All Time poll website and their change of voting procedure. At the time we weren’t sure if the Dukes of Hazzard made into the top 40. Well….they didn’t. So all y’all that continue to go to the website to vote for the Dukes of Hazzard it’s not going to register your vote. (Although your insistence is appreciated. LOL).
It’s obvious that once Dukes of Hazzard fans hear of any polls regarding our favorite show, you know we’ll be there in force with support. =)
And finally, back about a year or so a go a sharp eyed Dukes of Hazzard fan noticed something weird during the final destruction sequence of Daisy’s yellow RoadRunner in the episode “The Runaway.” Take a look here to read more about it.