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“And if you threw a party…” You Better Invite Cindy Fee!

Cindy Fee, the voice of “The Golden Girls,” joins Golden-Con: Thank You For Being A Fan to share her experience creating the most memorable and well-loved TV theme song in pop culture history

Cindy Fee (middle left) enthralled an estimated 500 person crowd at the January 15, 2022 Oak Park, IL Be Like Betty life celebration for Betty White. The event was created and produced by Growing Community Media and the Wednesday Journal of Oak Park.
Photo by Jason Kennedy

Cindy Fee is a singer. She’s a wife, a mother, a thinker, a songwriter, and a fantastic public speaker. But to an outside observer, the most important fact you need to know about Cindy Fee is that she’s a singer. 

We all know the TV theme song that Cindy Fee is best known for.  

Now we’ll get to know a little bit more about the golden-voiced vocalist who has left her indelible sonic mark on pop culture. 

She’s booked to attend Golden-Con and greet Golden fans. Maybe we can convince her to sing a few bars? If we’re lucky, she might even make available some original recordings while we’re all gathered at Golden-Con. 

She’s been a demo vocalist for songwriters including Diane Warren. She’s crisscrossed the U.S. many times as a band singer, a solo recording artist, belting for background sessions, helping to sell commercial jingles — you name it. If it requires a really good singer, Cindy Fee has been doing it. That includes TV jingles.

Cindy Fee (left) chats with Growing Community Media/Wednesday Journal of Oak Park food writer Melissa Elsmo during a podcast recording to announce Fee’s participation at publishing company’s January 15, 2022 Be Like Betty celebration for Betty White in Oak Park, IL.
Photo by Lourdes Nicholls

To her recollection, it likely took less than an hour for Cindy Fee to hit every note for “Thank You For Being A Friend” perfectly. 

The rest, of course, is TV history. We all know that “The Golden Girls” has never stopped being broadcast since its 1985 debut. It had a huge run during the DVD boom. And it’s now a streaming superstar show. 

It’s something you know like the back of your hand. It lifts you — a lot or a little — every time you hear it. You know what to expect from it. And you know what’s coming right after it. 

Care to guess how many times in your life you’ve heard “Thank You For Being A Friend,” also known as the theme song for “The Golden Girls”? Most of us probably can’t count that high. 

In April of 2020 alone, Hulu reported that folks streamed 11 million hours of “The Golden Girls.” That’s enough hours for approximately 22 million streamed episodes. And at the start of every single one of those episodes, you hear a few piano notes and then, like clockwork, that warm, sublime voice thanks you for being a friend. 

Get to know the one and only Cindy Fee, the vocalist behind “Thank You For Being A Friend,” the theme song played ahead of every episode of “The Golden Girls,” at Golden-Con: Thank You For Being A Fan April 22-24, 2022 at Navy Pier in Chicago.

 

Tickets are on sale now! 

www.thankyouforbeingafan.com

 

One Golden Girl and One Backwoods Barbie

Betty White and Dolly Parton are more alike than you think

On Dolly Parton’s birthday, take a look at some ways her life, achievements, and career turns mirror the legendary Betty White’s

Dolly Parton’s birthday comes just two days after Betty White’s birthday. The two megastars have more in common according to observers and folks who knew them.

There’s a quote that’s often attributed to Dolly Parton that goes something like “When someone shows you their true colors, believe them.” 

And you better believe it’s those true colors of Dolly’s that leave some observers comparing her toTV comedy legend and star of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “The Golden Girls,”  Betty White. 

Like Parton’s beloved “Backwoods Barbie” lyrics, the truth about the vast similarities between Parton and White runs “true and deep.”

“Yes! And I’ve had meetings with Dolly Parton. She’s like the real Dolly Parton. The one you know and love. I think that’s a good comparison,” says Stan Zimmerman, an entertainment multi-hyphenate who worked with Betty White as a writer and producer on the classic first season of “The Golden Girls.”

Zimmerman, who has taken in-person meetings with Dolly Parton is adamant that while Parton and White aren’t necessarily connected in many ways, there’s plenty of reason to draw big comparisons between the two showbiz legends. 

It will come as a surprise to precisely no one that Zimmerman credits both Dolly Parton and the late, great Betty White with immeasurable artistic talents and a whole lot of brains. 

“They both know how to tap into the different sides of their personas to play many different roles, ” Zimmerman said during a December 29, 2021 interview with ThankYouForBeingAFan.com just two days before news broke of Betty White’s passing at age 99.  “As an observer, I think that’s helped them both manage to have such huge careers that seem to only get bigger with each passing decade,” he said. 

Country girls have all the fun

Betty White told The Boot back in 2010 that she loved country music. Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5” was her favorite country song

Turns out Betty White actually loved country music during her lifetime. Back in 2010, she told TheBoot.com that country music pulled her heartstrings. 

“Country music tells stories, and it’s also basic,” she told The Boot “It’s the kind of music that reaches right inside of you because it’s simple and it’s direct. I just enjoy it thoroughly. It’s relaxing and nostalgic. It can turn on some lovely memories and sometimes some poignant ones.”

And there was just something about that Dolly Parton, something special about her that Betty White said she loved. 

“I like Dolly’s whole approach to life with ongoing and uplifting songs. I never met Dolly but everything I ever heard about her she was a great gal to know and you could kind of get it in her music and her voice and her approach to lyrics” 

White told The Boot that Dolly’s “9 to 5” was one of her favorite songs.

Starting at the beginning

Betty White was born January 17, 1922 in Oak Park, Illinois. She would speak of her parents, Tess and Horace White, with the kind of devotion and fondness that could easily make a listener believe she had a very pleasant growing up period. 

White talked about how her love for animals was passed down from her beloved parents. She recalled in interviews how she and her parents would pack up and camp in the Sierra mountains for weeks at a time during vacation periods. White would recall to interviewers how her childhood peers would sometimes bristle at the idea of camping with parents. White said she loved it. 

Precisely 24 years and 2 days later, Dolly Parton was born at home in rural, remote Sevier County, Tennessee. She was the fourth child out of 12 for Avie Lee and Robert Parton. East Tennessee wasn’t exactly a boomtown at the time. So, economically, times were tough for the Parton family. 

But, ever the optimist, Dolly Parton says she didn’t necessarily see it that way. She dreamed of Nashville and the Grand Ol’ Opry as a child. But her work, her music, often harkens back to the little country girl born to sharecroppers in East Tennessee. 

White Hot

Even since news broke of her passing on December 31, 2021, it seems like Betty White has been everywhere. Her face lit up magazine covers published in advance of what would have been her January 17, 2022 100th birthday. “People” published a birthday cover and special edition then quickly pivoted to a memorial cover and commemorative special edition. 

White’s 2010 “Saturday Night Live” hosting gig has been rebroadcast and streamed.
“The Golden Palace,” a spinoff of “The Golden Girls” hit Hulu January 2022. And cinemas across the US showed a planned birthday celebration turned memorial documentary about White’s life and career called, simply, “Betty White: A Celebration.”

It’s almost too bad Betty White wasn’t around to promote a new sitcom or a movie project because she seemingly couldn’t be a hotter Hollywood property than she is right now. 

Betty White has, of course, surfed atop the waves of Hollywood stardom and big, media hype. Though Betty White had never really sat out of working for any prolonged period since she began her entertainment career back in the 1940s, she capped off a period of high profile success in sitcoms in the 1970s through the 1990s with some hilarious, Emmy nominated guest shots through most of the first decade of the 2000s. 

But by 2009, she was, well, White-hot again. She capped off a scene stealing turn in the 2009 feature “The Proposal” with a SuperBowl Snickers commercial that outshone the actual 2010 game. 

Just to assert her dominance, Betty went ahead and made a legendary mark on the new media that was emerging at the time. Remember Betty White’s Emmy winning turn as guest host on the May 8, 2010 “Saturday Night Live”? She got to Studio 8-H with a huge push from an early viral Facebook campaign orchestrated by fan David Mathews.

The  “Betty White to host ‘SNL’ (please?)!” Facebook petition was launched New Year’s Eve 2009 by Mathews. By February 2010, it would help launch White — and Mathews — back into the forefront of online and traditional media. 

“The Betty White wave had already begun. Maybe the online campaign was successful because that renaissance had already begun. I think that’s the likeliest answer,” he figured during a January 15, 2022 interview for ThankYouForBeingAFan.com. 

Though she’d been asked thrice before, it took David Mathews’ Facebook campaign to finally get Betty White to host “SNL”

Mathews’ husband, Eddie Vandermark recalls that he and his husband were suddenly much in demand because of the magnitude of the Facebook campaign’s reach. It did go on to get about 650,000 likes and followers.

Before the year was out, White took another star turn as Elka Ostrovsky, the wisecracking neighbor foil to the three main characters on “Hot In Cleveland.” She’d hang out in Ohio for six seasons. 

Mathews, of course, largely agrees that Betty White and Dolly Parton are sisters under the skin. 

That’s a pretty strong comparison,” he said. 

He got to know Betty White a little bit over three separate encounters. He’s a fan of Dolly Parton. 

“They both conjure up the best in us, in an aspirational sort of way. They are both a bona fide personification of good in a time when we could all use a little more good in our lives,” he says. 

Ain’t that the truth. 

Here She Comes Again

Dolly Parton didn’t exactly sit back through the 2010s herself. She began the decade embarking on a headlining tour. Then she took on starring roles in feature films like “Joyful Noise” and “Gnomeo and Juliet.”

Her star seemed to rise right along with the number of registered users for interactive social media platforms like Facebook. She’d have viral moment after viral moment including a slowed down version of her 1970s monster hit, “Jolene,” which only seemed to add to the haunting melody of a woman bargaining her heart with a romantic rival. 

She rounded out the decade by playing bigger and bigger venues and charting big returns on albums that rivaled any earlier period in her career. 

By 2019, it seemed like there really wasn’t anywhere else for Dolly to go. She was arguably the most beloved celebrity in the western world rivaled only by, well, Betty White. 

Like Betty White, it was new media that took Dolly from seriously well loved to right back into the forefront of the pop conversation. 

While podcasts have been around forever, their listener net was cast wider and wider by a series of super hit shows on topics ranging from decades old murder cases to the curious disappearance of Richard Simmons from the limelight. 

“Dolly Parton’s America” which took a somewhat academic look at Dolly’s backstory, career, influence, and influences, put Dolly’s inimitable voice in the ears of podcast listeners and expanded the medium across Dolly’s big, wide, inclusive fan demographic. 

Everybody was talking about Dolly and the podcast through the fall of 2019 up through and beyond the podcast’s last new episode drop on — you guessed it — New Year’s Eve 2019.

But that’s just grist for the mill, according to Stan Zimmerman, who says Dolly’s charisma — that magnetic authenticity and electric goodness — is seemingly unstoppable. 

Betty White, he says, is cut from the same cloth. 

“When you think of  Dolly Parton…when she puts on that beautiful hair and those sparkly clothes, she becomes the Dolly Parton we all see. You’ve never seen her without all of that. It’s the same thing with Betty. You’ve never seen her without that look in her eyes and being one hundred percent on,” says Zimmerman. 

Betty Be Good To Me

Of course we know that Betty White had a gift for entertaining people like few others can claim.

Zimmerman asserts that Betty White’s talent didn’t shrink with the passing of time. 

“Years later (after “The Golden Girls”) I was shadowing a director on “Hot In Cleveland” so I got the chance to see her later in life. It was so amazing because she was getting a little older at that point. But put her in front of that live audience and she’s making jokes and is sharp as a tack,” Zimmerman recalled. 

“You couldn’t help but really like her. And you see why she’s been so successful,” he said.

Dolly Parton joined millions of folks around the globe who mourned the passing of Betty White

“Be a Betty. Be a Dolly.”

Parton joined the millions of voices who spoke out about Betty White following the news of her passing. She tweeted, “Betty will live forever not only in this world but the world here after. I will always love her as we all will.”

Mathews is still proud to be associated with the First Lady of US Television. 

He joins her millions of fans around the world who want more time with her. 

“What a life goal to live to be 99.9 years old and people still think your life ended too soon,” he said. 

For all the love and attention Betty White received during her lifetime. Zimmerman didn’t feel it was quite enough.

“She hasn’t gotten as many acting accolades as she deserves. To be able to play Rose Nylund and Sue Ann Nivens — which could not be any more different —  from the same actor on two huge shows is something that doesn’t happen,” he said. 

“You’re lucky in a career to have one hit show. The fact that she was on — and you should count “Hot In Cleveland” — you can say three huge shows is pretty remarkable. It just doesn’t happen. And it can really only happen to someone like a Betty White. That’s why I think she is always considered a national treasure.”

Mathews says the smart money is on White and Parton staying at the forefront of popular culture. 

“I’ve never in my life — not one time — met someone who said to me ‘I don’t like Betty White’.  I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone say they don’t like Dolly Parton either. In a world filled with too many Karens, be a Betty; be a Dolly,” he advised.

 

“Live from New York! It’s Betty White…and David Mathews!”

Get to know more about the person behind the online push to get Betty White to helm “SNL”

Though she’d been asked thrice before, it took David Mathews’ Facebook campaign to finally get Betty White to host “SNL”

 

Way back in 2009, many of us were just getting the hang of interactive social media platforms like Facebook. Remember when we used to post up in third person?

Billy Smith “is thinking about getting dinner.”

Alonzo Dale “will be spending time with my kids all weekend.”

Well, David Mathews, then from Texas, figured out firsthand how to harness the power of social media for fun. He ended up changing TV history and getting to know Betty White a little along the way.

“Now in Facebook memories I see that I made a post I think on December 8 (2009) that said something like “Betty White should really host ‘SNL’,” Mathews recalls. 

And, as we know, Betty White went on to do just that.  There are plenty of online clips of her May 8, 2010 stint as host of “Saturday Night Live.” Some of Miss White’s moments on the show even live on these days as pretty well regarded classic “SNL” sketches. And the episode, which featured musical guest Jay-Z, has been rebroadcast a few times and is now available on some streaming platforms. 

For those who don’t remember, and a few of us who do, here’s how David Mathews’ Facebook post came to fruition live from New York. 

As New Year’s Eve 2009 got closer, Mathews and his husband, Eddie Vandermark were doing some traveling and made a stop in Washington, DC where they met up with a college pal of Vandermark’s. As the topic of Betty White arose, Mathews and the pal made a bet that if Mathews started an online Facebook petition to get Betty White to host “SNL,” that garnered 2,000 “likes”, he would write a letter to “SNL” producer Lorne Micheals asking that he consider inviting her to host an episode. 

Mathews and Vandermark started the petition December 31, 2009. It was called “Betty White to host SNL (please?)!”.

They picked up about 200 followers in a few days. By the first week of February 2010, the petition for Betty White was beginning to pick up steam with a bit over 5,000 “likes” – more than enough to win the original bet. 

True to his word, Mathews fired off a letter to Lorne Michaels. Then, “USA Today” and Perez Hilton picked up the story. At around the same time, a now-famous, hilarious Snickers commercial which featured Miss White became a  hot watercooler commercial conversation topic the morning after the January 31, 2010 SuperBowl game between the New Orleans Saints and the Indianapolis Colts. 

Mathews and Vandermark in 2019

And a full on media sensation was born. 

“It was just the right idea for the right person at the right time,” Mathews surmises. 

“For the next month and a half, we were sort of like G-list celebrities. We were booked on every news show: CBS, Diane Sawyer, radio stations from around the nation and the world” Mathews, who is a senior manager of curriculum development in the federal government contracting workspace, recalls of the heady time.   

“I’d step out of the classroom and do a telephone interview from a supply closet,” he laughs.  

Though the petition is sometimes given a lot of credit for the Betty White career renaissance of the 2010s, Mathews is quick to point out that Betty White didn’t especially need the “SNL” gig.

White’s super hilarious turn in the 2009 comedy feature “The Proposal” had already been released. 

Also, Miss White picked up a Screen Actors’ Guild Lifetime Achievement award. And she did make that hilarious Snickers commercial. 

“The Betty White wave had already begun. Maybe the online campaign was successful because that renaissance had already begun. I think that’s the likeliest answer,” he figures. 

Vandermark recalls that he and his husband were suddenly much in demand because of the magnitude of the Facebook campaign’s reach. It did go on to get about 650,000 likes and followers. Everybody, it seemed at the time, was calling on them. Everybody but NBC and “SNL.”

Turns out, harnessing the vast power of social media to deliver a TV superstar to host a long-running late night variety show doesn’t necessarily get you a ticket to that show. 

“There was a subsequent page that got started “Send David Mathews to ‘SNL’  please,” Vandermark said. 

Mathews explained that he was being interviewed by MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell, who asked Mathews if he’d been given tickets to see the Betty White hosted “SNL” taping which had finally been announced. Mathews replied “not yet.” And O’Donnell, feeling his network family oats said “well now you have.”

Pretty soon thereafter, Mathews and Vandermark heard from an “SNL” producer that there might not be room for them to be present at the taping after all. 

Fortunately for the pair, “SNL” finally caved and coughed up tickets to the studio audience taping. Mathews and Vandermark bought flights and hotels and made their way to Studio 8-H and watched as Betty White killed it on stage during the show.

They did get an invitation to meet Betty White backstage after the show. And nothing was gonna hold Mathews back from that.

“It was super surreal. We were in this tiny little hallway backstage. And it’s super crowded, all with celebrities. Matthew Broderick, Penny Marshall, Maya Rudolph, Sigourney Weaver were like inches from me…” Vandermark recalls. 

Maybe she should have backed off a little though. 

“Once they finally said, ‘hey come on back and meet Betty White,’ Sigourney Weaver was coming out and as soon as they said that David basically accidentally tackled Sigourney Weaver and pushed her out of the way,” Vandermark recalls. 

“It’s on video. It’s there. It definitely happened. But tackled is maybe a bit of a stretch” a sheepish Mathews laughs. 

In the press run-up to her “SNL” debut, Betty White joked on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” that given the chance, if she met Mathews she’d like to hit him.

Once Mathews finally did get to meet White, he offered a mea culpa and asked her which cheek she’d like to slap him on. 

Then, Mathews says, the Betty White we all know and love took over. 

“You know I did up until this moment,” Mathews recalls White saying to him. “But now that you’re here I just want to hug you and say thank you,” he recalls of her words. 

Mathews and Vandermark went on to meet up with Betty White twice more through her appearances fundraising for the Morris Animal Foundation. 

David Mathews and Eddie Vandermark joined Bette White at a 2010 Morris Animal Foundation fundraiser in Williamsburg, Virginia

“It all happened too quickly. But it was a great experience,” Mathews says of his whirlwind Betty White ride. 

Today, he thinks fondly of his unique connection to the First Lady of US Television. And he joins her millions of fans around the world who want more time with her. 

“What a life goal to live to be 99.9 years old and have people still think it ended too soon,” Mathews said.

 

Let Us Spell It Out For You: Bonnie Bartlett is coming to Golden-Con!

Bonnie Bartlett comes home to Illinois to welcome fans at Golden-Con

Bonnie Bartlett played author Barbara Thorrndyke in the 1988 “Dorothy’s New Friend” episode of “The Golden Girls.”

Golden-Con: Thank You For Being A Fan organizers are proud to present Bonnie Bartlett at Golden-Con April 22-24, 2022. Miss Bartlett will share career memories, greet fans, and no doubt cower under the guilt and notoriety of playing a rare villain on “The Golden Girls.” 

Bonnie Bartlett is having a moment. 

Nevermind the history-making back to back Emmy awards at about the halfway point of her 67 years (so far) in front of TV and movie cameras. And feel free to gloss right over her connection to some of the most successful TV franchises since “I Love Lucy.” 

What’s important about Bonnie Bartlett on the minds of pop culture enthusiasts these days is the fact that she’s been married to actor William Daniels, whose wise educator Mr. Feeney imprinted on 90s kids on “Boy Meets World,” and later “Girl Meets World.”

There have been internet memes, articles, and long discussions about how Barltett, who played Pennbrook University Dean Lila Bolander, Daniels’ love interest on “Boy Meets World” is actually married to Daniels. They’re so married that they celebrated their 70th (!) wedding anniversary in 2021. 

Two time Emmy winner Bonnie Bartlett stepped out in December 2021 for a night at the theatre in LA alongside her husband, Emmy winner William Daniels.
Photo source: Daniels’ Instagram, @MrBillDaniels

Bonnie Bartlett grew up in Moline, Illinois. She met Daniels in Chicago when they were acting and theatre students at Northwestern University. Bartlett later studied acting under Lee Strasberg. 

By the middle 1950s,  Bonnie Bartlett began booking roles on New York based TV shows including a long stint on “The Love of Life,” a daytime drama broadcast live five days a week. And a career was born. 

Bartlett and Daniels made Emmy award history as only the second married couple to receive acting awards for both partners on the same award night back in back in 1986.

They got those Emmys by playing — you guessed it — spouses on “St. Elsewhere,” where the career demands on Daniels’ Dr. Craig conflicted with the life Bartlett’s Ellen Craig had in mind. 

Bonnie Bartlett is perfectly capable of working without her life partner in tow. And, when given the opportunity, her work has left some indelible marks across TV and movie history. 

She stunned “The Golden Girls”  — for instance — when she played Dorothy’s highfalutin and intolerant new bestie, author Barbara Thorndyke. 

Bartlett goes down in TV history on the very short list of folks who played outright villains on “The Golden Girls.” 

She’s in even rarer company as a guest who stood toe-to-toe with our favorite Girls and whose character got a laugh and was in on the joke: “If you laid all the women in this room end to end; I wouldn’t be a bit surprised.”

Her trip to Miami’s fabulous Richmond Street wasn’t without big stops on the way. Bartlett worked 79 “St. Elsewhere”s. She played Ann Norton in the chilling “Salem’s Lot” miniseries. There was a long TV homestead as Grace Snider on “Little House on the Prairie.” And she popped up in some big TV event movies and miniseries like “The Legend of Lizzie Borden” and “North and South.” 

Bartlett will reminisce with fans about her trip to Miami and her 67

And Bonnie Bartlett gets around still. She traveled to Port Charles for a recurring stint as Miriam Spinelli, the strict grandma of nerdy antihero Damian Spinelli. She’s booked “Key and Peele” and “Better Call Saul” too.  

Bonnie Bartlett will be greeting Golden fans and reliving her 67 years in front of the camera at the first ever Golden-Con: Thank You For Being A Fan convention April 22-24, 2022 in Chicago. 

Find out more about Golden-Con! Tickets are on sale now! 

www.thankyouforbeingafan.com

 

“CAREER ORIENTED” AMELIA KINKADE JOINS GOLDEN-CON

DANCER, AUTHOR, ACTRESS, ANIMAL ADVOCATE WILL SHARE MEMORIES OF WORKING WITH AUNT RUE MCCLANAHAN AT GOLDEN-CON

Amelia Kinkade and her aunt, Rue McClanahan, shared a love of dancing and animals. Today, Kinkade is a renowned author of six books on animal communication.
Photo courtesy Amelia Kinkade

Amelia Kinkade joins Golden-Con: Thank You For Being A Fan to share her memories about working in Hollywood and working alongside and getting to know her aunt, Rue McClanahan.

She promises to share real-life stories about her aunt Rue that “will make you howl with laughter.”

The McClanahan family bonds are strong. And even now, Amelia Kinkade feels a connection to her beloved aunt Rue. “I loved her more than life itself. And the stories I can share will have her chuckling from heaven,” Kinkade says. 

Amelia Kinkade took off to Hollywood to dance professionally. Pushed by her aunt, Emmy winner Rue McClanahan, to go out for acting roles, Kinkade would end up dancing her way into cult classic cinema history. 

She danced her way across the screen for breakdancing classic “Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo;” behind Patrick Swayze in “Roadhouse” on the big screen; and “Fame” on TV.

Kinkade is the daughter of Rue McClanahan’s younger sister, Dr. Melinda McClanahan. 

Trying out for acting roles got Kinkade on-screen next to her aunt on “Mama’s Family.” And she reminded Dorothy, Blanche, and Rose that “Hey! There’s nothing wrong with being career oriented” in the season 2 classic “Ladies of the Evening” episode of “The Golden Girls.”

Kinkade later landed in Genoa City as “The Young and the Restless” baddie Vivian, who met her comeuppance with a fatal offscreen electric shock. 

She kept dancing and acting and earned a role as Angela Franklin, a demon who likes to party and dance in “Night of the Demons.” She choreographed her own dancing as Angela, which helped “Night of the Demons” score at the box office and get resurrected for two sequels starring Kinkade. 

Somewhere along the way, Kinkade found less time for the rehearsal studio and the soundstage, and more time behind the desk. She’s authored six books about her gifts as an animal communicator. Today, she travels the world lecturing and demonstrating her unique abilities to find out what’s on the minds of animals everywhere. 

Golden-Con: Thank You For Being A Fan tickets are on sale now. 

Find out more about Amelia Kinkade at her website: www.ameliakinkade.com

 

Final Golden-Con tickets released January 7!

Final Golden-Con tickets released tomorrow Jan 7!

Single day tickets for the first ever Golden-Con fan convention will be available for sale beginning 10 am CST Friday, January 7 following four days of brisk sales on multi-day ticket packages.

The Cuter Than An Intrauterine single day tickets are good for Golden-Con admission Saturday, April 23, 2022.

The Shady Pines Visitor’s Pass single day tickets are good for Golden-Con admission Sunday, April 24, 2022, the final day of the first ever Golden-Con event.

Single day Golden-Con tickets

start at $65 click here!

Long live the Butter Queens!

The original batch of 3-day Butter Queen VIP Golden-Con tickets sold out on Monday, January 3, the first day of sales for the Butter Queen package. On Wednesday of this week, Golden-Con organizers added a small run of Butter Queen tickets from the Jr Butter Queen children’s ticket inventory which all sold out the same day.

Get your friends together for a Golden-Con Girls Weekend!

2-day Girls Weekend Golden-Con tickets are still available but selling fast. Girls Weekend tickets open up Golden-Con for Saturday, April 23 and Sunday, April 24, 2022. We do expect these tickets to sell out soon. So get your friends together and grab ‘em while you can.

It’s 555-EASY to get 3-day Golden-Con tickets!

The last few Save the McKinley Lighthouse tickets are still available for folks who want to spend a Golden weekend at this first ever fan convention. Save the McKinley Lighthouse tickets give you access to all three Golden-Con days and the full slate of live programming offered over the whole weekend.

TAXES, TICKET FEES

AND TOTAL PRICING

All ticket prices include applicable TAXES, however ticketing service fees are added at final check-out.

Chicago Vaccine

Mandate Questions

A recurring question from our social media friends concerns the City of Chicago Covid-19 health and safety regulations.

As of January 3, 2022, a new vaccine mandate for indoor, public spaces in Chicago was enacted.

Rest assured, Golden-Con will follow all required procedures and rules to the letter. Find answers to specific vaccine mandate questions here:

https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/sites/covid19-vaccine/home/chi-vaccine-requirement.html

More Golden-Con Tickets Available For Sale January 5!

Girls Weekend tickets ready to go Wednesday, January 5!

Golden-Con: Thank You For Being A Fan Girls Weekend tickets will be ready for sale Wednesday morning, January 5, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. CST. 

Tickets can be purchased online at the link below. 

https://www.tixr.com/groups/golden-con/events/golden-con-34069

Girls Weekend tickets grant entry into Golden-Con: Thank You For Being A Fan Saturday, April 23 and Sunday, April 24, 2022.

A New Butter Queen emerges!

Now that the original run of Golden-Con Butter Queen VIP tickets has sold out, we’re able to add a handful more tickets to that category from the remaining Jr. Butter Queen children’s ticket category. 

The new run of Butter Queen tickets will be small and will very likely be the final tickets added to the Butter Queen category.  They’re available beginning Wednesday, January 5 at 10 am CST until they sell out. 

https://www.tixr.com/groups/golden-con/events/golden-con-34069

Butter Queen is a 3-day VIP level ticket that grants the bearer entry into all three days of Golden-Con with lots of perks and some surprises to be revealed at Golden-Con.

Save the McKinley Lighthouse Golden-Con tickets remain for sale

 Save the McKinley tickets allow bearers entry into all 3 days of Golden-Con. 

https://www.tixr.com/groups/golden-con/events/golden-con-34069

Chicago Vaccine Mandate Questions

A recurring question from our social media friends concerns the City of Chicago Covid-19 health and safety regulations. 

As of January 3, 2022, a new vaccine mandate for indoor, public spaces in Chicago was enacted. 

Rest assured, Golden-Con will follow all required procedures and rules to the letter. Find answers to specific vaccine mandate questions here:

https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/sites/covid19-vaccine/home/chi-vaccine-requirement.html

Final ticket run sale begins Friday, January 7!

The single day Cuter Than An Intrauterine (Saturday, April 23) and Shady Pines Visitor Pass (Sunday, April 24) tickets will be available for sale Friday, January 7, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. CST.

 

Golden-Con Venue and Ticket Update!

Golden-Con: Thank You For Being A Fan will welcome fans into larger Navy Pier venues for first-time event

As an effort to welcome as many fans as we can to Golden-Con: Thank You For Being A Fan, we have worked over the past four weeks to secure a more expansive venue.   

Golden-Con will host it’s first ever event for fans at Lakeview Terrace and AON Grand Ballroom on Chicago’s Navy Pier.

Our first ever Golden-Con: Thank You For Being A Fan celebration will be hosted inside the Lakeview Terrace and AON Grand Ballroom at Chicago’s Navy Pier (600 E Grand Ave Chicago, IL 60611). (www.navypier.org)

Golden-Con is — and always will be — a celebration of, for, and by fans of our shared favorite TV show. Since we made our first, small announcement about Golden-Con: Thank You For Being A Fan back on November 22, 2021, the rush of fan engagement and excitement has been beautiful. 

Join fellow fans for a weekend of vendor markets, Golden Guest photo ops and panel discussions, live shows, and fun inside the AON Grand Ballroom and Lakeview Terrace at Chicago’s Navy Pier

Golden-Con ticket sales update!

Golden-Con: Thank You For Being A Fan tickets on sale Monday, January 3, 2022

As promised, Golden-Con: Thank You For Being A Fan 3-day tickets are on sale effective 10:00 a.m. CST Monday, 1/3/22 via this unique link: 

https://tixr.com/e/34069

Single day tickets for entry Saturday, April 23 or Sunday, April 24 are coming very soon starting at $65 per day.

Why change the venue?

Moving Golden-Con to Navy Pier opens us up to welcome many more fans to share in our first-of-its kind celebration. Golden-Con at Navy Pier allows fans who are traveling from places outside Chicago access to more nearby hotel accommodations; enjoy one of Chicago’s most popular entertainment destinations;  and get a firsthand look at Chicago’s sparkling Lake Michigan shoreline. This also allows for increased capacity for panels with stars from the show, producers, our theater productions, autograph and photo opportunities as well the vendors’ market. 

What if I’ve booked a hotel nearby the previous venue?

We realize many Golden-Con friends have already booked hotel accommodations in the Lakeview/Wrigleyville neighborhood close to our initial host venue. Those accommodations still allow easy access to Navy Pier through ground transportation and still allow you to access all the amazing nightlife opportunities in the Northalsted neighborhood; many of which will surely have Golden Girls themed events and specials for the weekend.  

It’s important to reiterate that this move to our new Navy Pier host venue was made only so we can welcome more fans to share in the first ever Golden-Con experience. The new venue does allow us to increase our entertainment, special guest, and vendor offerings.  With that said, we will continue to announce amazing Golden Guests throughout the next few months leading up to the big weekend! 

Thank you for being our friend and fellow fan. We can’t wait to see you April 22-24, 2022 at Golden-Con. 

Thank you for being a fan and friend.

B&Z

 

In a World Without Betty White

Golden-Con Producers Mourn Betty White’s Passing Alongside Millions of Fans

Betty White made millions of TV viewers smile over a staggering 7 decade career. Each project was further proof of her commitment to excellence for her audience. May she rest in peace.

Have you ever known someone whose presence in your life blessed you; uplifted you; made you better?

For millions, billions of TV viewers around the world, Betty M. White’s lifelong optimism, hard work, and seemingly unstoppable ability to make people laugh did just that.

That’s how she became a seven time competitive Emmy Award winner and the First Lady of American Television. 

The Golden-Con crew of organizers are like millions of fans around the world in that we did not have the privilege of getting to know Miss White personally. 

But just like each and every one of her millions of fans, we loved her just the same. 

Each time we switch on a TV, we’ll be blessed to share — right alongside those millions of fellow fans — in the golden legacy of laughter and positivity she leaves behind.

May God bless the people who loved and cared for her. May God bless her fans everywhere. 

—Brad Balof and Zack Hudson

A Who, A How, and a Ha Ha!

Two-time “Golden” Guest Star Alan Blumenfeld is coming to Golden-Con!

Golden-Con producers are proud to present journeyman actor Alan Blumenfeld, a two time guest star on “The Golden Girls,” to Golden-Con: Thank You For Being A Fan April 22-24, 2022 in Chicago.

He’s a very familiar on-screen face who’s stared down hardened criminals, Roseanne, and even Jason Voorhees! But could his biggest on-screen challenge have been going up against our favorite girls? Twice?

Alan Blumenfeld is the very definition of a hardworking actor. You’d practically have to have avoided all TV and movies over the past 40 years to have missed him. He’s brought characters to life — and death (“Friday the 13th Part VI Jason Lives”) — and amassed a whopping 187 IMDB credits in some of the biggest entertainment franchises you can think of. 

That’s all in addition to founding Free Association Theater alongside his wife, Katherine James. He’s a decades long company member of California’s A Noise Within and Theatricum Botanicum. 

And did we mention a Broadway run in Neil Simon’s “Laughter on the 23rd Floor”?

With the Girls in Miami!

He made it to our favorite Miami neighborhood three times. First, he helped nudge our favorite ladies into the direction of home repair empowerment as Lou the plumber during the season one “The Golden Girls” episode “Second Motherhood.” Next, as Ha-Ha the Clown, he tried to keep the show going over a very reluctant Dorothy’s objections in the classic season two episode “A Piece of Cake.” Hope that cake in the face tasted good! 

He came back to Miami in the 90s — while most of our girls were running a hotel — to help fill out an episode of “Empty Nest.”

Alan Blumenfeld will be joining Golden-Con: Thank You For Being A Fan for all three days April 22-24, 2022. He’ll be interacting with fans, posing for photo ops, and sharing his memories of his three trips to Miami. 

Check out all our announced Golden Guests at our website www.thankyouforbeingafan.com

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