Warm greetings Tom,
I had the pleasure of having dinner with Tom and ten other fans back in the mid 80's when he came to St. Louis, Missouri for a convention, our then Whovian president, Laura had arranged. My cheeks flush and I can't help but smile as I remember Tom's warmth and generosity of spirit towards our doting admiration.
Dr. Who was broadcast through the local PBS station and played at 10:30pm on Sunday nights. All of your St. Louis fans were happy to sacrifice a little sleep to spend a couple of hours with their favorite Doctor. Our local fan club offered the extraordinary experience of dining with you and I leaped at the chance, doing all I could to be on the list.
The evening was certainly extraordinary as I had known it would be. Conversation was (stops a moment to pet her cat, Nuwanda) where was I, oh yes, I remember laughing and enjoying each moment delighted and entertained in Tom's effervescent personality.
At one point in the evening I asked Tom what advice he would give an actor in theatre. Tom told me,
"Reach for the stars and pray to god your fly isn't undone."
His puckish reply has often delighted me.
I have been fortunate to have met many stars, I have done creature effects for the Jim Henson Creature Shop and I was one of the Production Coordinators for a couple of years with both the Emmy and Oscar award shows, but that evening when I had the luxury of a few hours with Tom Baker still outshines the rest.
My admiration and the warm fuzzies I still get from that night continue to make me smile as I reminisce.
Thank you Tom for creating such a warm spot in my life.
'phosteres' = 1. gr. the illumination or radiance of the heavens.
2. cyn. a girl who mucks about with greek culture and history.