Meeting Maureen -
"Here's The Story" Book Tour
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It was on a Tuesday so I was at work, thankfully it was on my lunch
break. I walked over to B&N and bought the book then waited on the line,
when I got there, there were probably about 40 people in front of me.
B&N was letting us upstairs a few people at a time. It took a while for
us to get up there.
When it was my turn, I handed the book to the woman who worked there who
then handed it to Maureen. There was also a man there who was taking
pictures for everyone so I gave him my camera.
I told Maureen that I enjoyed the Brady Bunch for many years, but that I
was a fan of her country music and I had hoped she'd do another album.
She was so nice and thanked me and she said she hopes to do another
album in the future. We then took the picture and I got my book and
left. Of course after I said bye to Maureen. Definitely an experience to
I'm an original fan of the BB, and remember watching it after my boy
scout meetings on Friday nights on ABC. Of course as a 10 year old
rapidly approaching puberty- Maureen McCormick was in that small circle
of TV land crush's (Julie Newmar & Tina Louise & Susan Dey were the
One of my passions is to collect one original script from my favorite
all-time shows. I managed to win the second season episode script " Our
Son, the Man" 5 years ago on E-bay. Was lucky to have Sherwood Schwartz,
Flo Henderson, Chris Knight, Barry Williams & Susan Olsen to sign it.
Never thought I'd have a chance to get my favorite Brady- Maureen
McCormick's signature to grace the cover- That all changed when I found
out she was signing her new book "Here's the story" at Book Soup in west
I wasn't sure if she was signing additional material, but I had to go
anyway. I arrived with my friend Doug about 40 minutes early. We were
number 62 & 63 already. It took about 45 minutes to get our opportunity
to meet Mo- but was worth every minute. I've been to signings where the
author barely, or hardly looks at you as they shove the line onward.
This was by far one of the best signings ever. Not only was Maureen
sincere, friendly and warm- she took several minutes with you and made
sure she signed everything just the way you wanted. My buddy Doug even
got her to sign " Marcia, Marcia, Marcia" ! Everyone was given the royal
treatment with a photo op also. It was very magical indeed. One of my
friends had Davy Jones at his house several miles away, and almost
talked Davy into going- alas Davy was 'under the weather' and wasn't up
to it. His loss.
Maureen was quite surprised to see my original Brady Bunch script and
graciously signed on the top of the cover (the spot I saved for her). I
shook her husband's Michael hand on the way out the door and said
"congrats- you have a good wife back there".
Alas- it was back to reality today, but I'll never forget meeting
I couldn't make the book signing, but I was at the airport waiting for
Maureen with her book in my hands.
She was super nice and really really cool. She wrote to Zeb Love Maureen
McCormick and took a great picture with me.
came down from Canada to Minneapolis for the book tour to have the
to meet Maureen. Despite being nervous, I became at ease almost
because of how friendly and open she was, and she seemed to sincerely
the effort I'd made in coming some distance to meet her, after first
some 35 years ago.
I felt I really had to thank her for writing the book, and she asked me
was. I told her it was because the experiences she described had a
general similarity to my own while growing up - anxiety, depression,
addiction and family dysfunction issues. I said that her making an
account of these experiences served to resonate with me, as did the John
scripture reference at the front of the book, about the truth being able
to set one free. We shared a brief connection in agreeing that this was
the essential point, to share the truth about your life, like she had in
She also seemed to appreciate my saying that it was good for the fans,
her as Marcia, to get a clear picture of who she was apart from that
It was a pleasure to shake her hand and say how good it was to meet her,
feel her warmly and sincerely return the sentiment.
I had trouble getting a good picture taken with Maureen, since I was
line and they hadn't gotten things quite in order yet. I waited until
the end of
the 2 hours to try and get a retake, and was finally able to get a good
I was most grateful to Maureen and the organizer for this, and
Maureen for the extra trouble, but she was very gracious about it. So I
among the first to see her, and turned out to also be the very last,
thanked her for coming.
I was really struck by how real Maureen became for me this day - she had
friendly and relaxed presence, but I also was beginning to see through
book's account that there was a person who'd been through extremely
experiences, and it is this which gave me mixed feelings of sadness and
for deep reflection, about Maureen's life and what I could learn about
from the telling of it.