Something Special in the Air

Back from St. Louis. What an amazing event.
TSS Executive Producer, Paul Block, and I flew in on American Airlines on Friday. (Patrick took a red-eye and met us on Saturday morning.) A very smooth flight, and I have to say I really appreciate the extra leg room in coach on AA – it’s much more comfortable, and the iBook doesn’t get squeezed when the guy in front puts his seat back. I have a ton of frequent flier miles on United, but I’m sticking with American from now on. (And I even said this before the events of our return flight. I’ll tell you about that in a minute.)

On the way Paul and I wrote a treatment for a new weekly show we’d like to do. It came out very well. Can’t tell you the details yet, but there’s some interest from on high.

Friday night we joined a dozen or so folks from the local cable company (Charter Communications) at Busch Stadium for a Cardinals-Reds game. It was delayed by rain, but the sky cleared and the game started at 8:10p. Unfortunately it was the coldest May 17th in St. Louis history ‘ it got down to 42 degrees. The ice cream and beer vendors were somewhat unpopular, but the hot chocolate guy was doing great business. I had packed for warmer weather, so I had to throw in the towel after just a couple of innings. Fortunately the hotel was right across the street so it was easy to go home and get to bed early.

I’m glad I did, because we had a record turnout on Saturday. We were scheduled to stay two hours, from 11a-1p, but so many people showed up that we stayed until 3:10p. We stayed so long that the tent rental people came and claimed the tent and ropes around us. We just moved the table into the parking lot and kept on signing. Fortunately the rain had stopped and it was a beautiful sunny day.

At most events we have to leave before we meet everyone, but this time Patrick and I met everyone who came. We went through over 750 pictures and I estimate that we signed around twice that number of autographs ‘ certainly the most ever. My hand is still aching.

I was very pleased to see that a lot of people had my book. We signed lots of computer hardware, too. But the weirdest thing we signed was a pair of breast implants brought by a plastic surgeon. I kid you not!

Pat's autographed breast implantLeo's autographed breast implant

We stayed until we had to leave for the airport ‘ no time for Steak ‘n’ Shake, but a fan had brought us sliders from White Castle and we had a bag of SnS burgers in the car, so I didn’t go hungry.

At the airport an American Airlines customer service agent recognized us and bumped Patrick and me up to first class. First time that’s ever happened. I asked her to do the same for Paul, and she did. Woo hoo! What a great way to end an excellent event. Thank you, American!

I must say I relaxed and took full advantage of the first class amenities. It was too short a flight for a movie, but I watched ‘Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels’ on my iBook. Dynamite movie. Just as good as Guy Ritchie’s second film, ‘Snatch.’ Both are favorites among The Screen Savers, and now I know why.

Maybe I should have paid less attention to the movie and more to my seatmate, however. As we were getting off the plane he noticed my TechTV shirt. ‘You work at TechTV?’ he asked. ‘My brother is Greg Drebin.’ Doh! Just think of the inside stuff I could have learned.

Thanks to everyone who came out and said hi in St. Louis. We all had a great time, and Paul got much useful feedback. You’ll find some pictures on the message boards thanks to rtownsen and peterstork. I can’t wait to go back.

32 Replies to “Something Special in the Air”

  1. Sounds like you had a great time, I can’t believe Greg Drebin’s brother apparently has never watched techtv.

  2. Wow! you guys are troupers staying that long! That’s why your fans love you! I’m glad it was such a hit for both all the TSS people and for all the fans. As the popularity grows that will only mean more personal appearances in more different areas of the country and…..ok, ok, I won’t say it here today Leo! That story about your seatmate is hilarious! Small world huh? Must be a close family if he did recognize his brother’s top station draw! LOL Glad you’re back safe and sound and that you had such a great time!

  3. Leo…
    I am so glad that your trip to St. Louis went well. I was a bit disappointed that I didn’t get to go. But thankfully those did see you guys took some great pics.
    Hopefully you’ll make it back to st. louis soon.

  4. Wooo HOOO! New show ! Yay! So long as it ISN’T more talk show stuff with celebrities! Leo, you have a heart of gold to ask to have Paul B. bumped up to first class with you and Pat….. that was sooo nice, …..um, one thing, make sure he doesn’t watch Friday’s show, OK? :^)
    Sounds like a fabulous turnout for the event, I am sure the Charter people were thrilled you came, as were all your greatful fans, glad you had such a good time. Welcome back!

  5. Hey, Leo! Hoped you enjoyed St. Louis as much as I did. This was my first Screen Savers turn-out, and, might I say, A LOT of people showed up. I got there at 9:30 am with a friend of mine (I believe you thought she was my Mom…I never clarified that she wasn’t…D’oh!!). I couldn’t believe we got there with hardly anyone in line. At about an hour before the event started, everyone started showing up. The first two guys in line had been there so long, they needed lawn chairs to sit in! You and Pat are the two most professional TV personalities I’ve ever met (and I would know…I work at an Indy TV station…lol). It was a must-be there event! Thanks again…

  6. Do you have any digital camera pictures from the signing? I would love it if they made a trip to wisconsin, but we do not get techtv on cable here. We use Dish network to recieve techtv.

  7. Whats so weird about breast implants? Makes plenty of sense to me. The guy probably thinks you and Patrick act like a couple of BOOBS sometimes….. (heh,heh). :p

  8. Hey, Leo. How about coming to Atlanta, GA and visiting us computer geeks. Hopefully, you’d come to Atlanta proper and not Gwinnett County. Cobb’d be okay, but in any case, come to Atlanta! Please.

  9. Hello Leo,
    I was at the place in St. Louis when you and Patrick came to sign autographs. Thank you for taking time to meet me. I got down there at 7am, and I was the first person in line to meet you guys. I loved it very much. I thought it was very fun. The people with the camera from Charter Cable kept wanting to do interviews with me for their local access channel so I let them interview me. There was some lady there from Tech TV too she had me do a few network promos for Tech TV and since i was in all my “Screen Savers” stuff. I hope to see those air maybe someday on Tech TV. Thanks again for coming to St. Louis Leo I hope you come again soon.
    Thank you.

  10. LOL about Greg Drebin’s brother. You said, “think of the inside stuff I could have learned” – I bet when your erstwhile seatmate tells his brother who HE was sitting next to, Greg says something along that same line!
    Glad you had such a terrific trip, record cold baseball game notwithstanding, and that you’re back home safe and sound.

  11. hey guys!
    i saw you two in st. louis, thanks for signing my computer case. in my wildest dreams i didnt think i would stand in line for 3 hours to meet the hosts of my favorite show! well i wold just like to thank you guys for coming out to my home city. hey Leo please email me!
    -josh from stl

  12. Well, I am currently building the UGM 5.1, so as soon as you make it to Houston, I would love you guys to sign it. I have been an avid watcher of the show since ZDtv. I have to agree with a lot of fans in St. Louis, bring the whole crew down here and do a location shoot. I think everyone would get a kick out of it.

  13. HEY LEO
    That trip sounded like fun and I was wondering when are you guys coming
    to Memphis Tn for a aperance.I only live a 100 miles from there and I
    would not mind meeting ya if you came there.Take care I am a TSS junkie
    I love the show

  14. Hey Leo
    Happy you came back without any problems. Sounded like you had a great trip
    Maybe you should come to Anchorage (anytime but late october to aprilish. its kinda cold) Anyway I gotta go, my arm just went numb. So untill another post, eat, sleep, and be healthy.

  15. Hey Leo, Glad you had good time in St Louis. Love Screen Savers. Lot of changes been going on at Techtv. Most I see for the better. Keep up the awsome work.
    Keep Geeking,
    Richard

  16. Hi Leo,
    I signed up for satellite to get techtv one year ago. So glad I did. Thank you for all you do for us fans.

  17. Interesting befellows at the ball game. Charter is owned by Paul Allen and Tech TV is too, right? Hmm….

  18. hi leoooooooooo,
    i am back at my compain to get you here in pasadena!
    CHARTER is our cable company too!
    glad you had a great time…teach paul to blog again so we can get his veiws.

  19. I was just planning to get you to sign the book some day. I don’t think I’ll be able to top that one — uh — those two.
    I’m glad you had such a great trip and that you’re back safe and sound.
    I’m looking forward to hearing about that new show, too.

  20. Thank you Leo (and Patrick and Paul) for the GREAT time in St. Louis. Despite a painful sunburn and leg cramps from standing in line, I had a WONDERFUL time. I hope you come back soon.

  21. It was GREAT! Thankyou for comming out here. Somepeople brought some of the crazies things to had you and Patrick sign, like what that plastic surgen brought (if you rember). I love the show and I thought it was great. Please come back sometime later.

  22. Leo–
    never posted before to your “blog-board,” but just wanted to say “hi” and thanks for the show… I never thought I’d be watching about computer stuff 7.5 hrs a week a few months back 🙂 You’ve got a great program going on…
    I live near Milwaukee, and was thinking about trying to make it to St. Loius, but thought that might be pushing the envelope of geekness a bit! Maybe you guys will be out my way sometime? A boy can dream, dammit, can’t he??
    peace
    -Matt-

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