I had a very brief interaction with Larry Hagman, back in 2007. I was shooting an exclusive VIP event for the news, and Larry was one of the speakers. I was sitting, waiting for the event to start, probably looking a little bored. Larry walks by, looks at me, then stops and turns toward me. He raises his hands, like he’s holding a camera, and he proceeds to take an imaginary picture of me. Then he smiles as big as Texas, and I smiled back and gave him a thumbs up!
He later went on to enchant the crowd with his anecdotes and witty banter. This isn’t some amazing photo that generations of Larry Hagman fans will cherish, but I still like the emotion I captured as he spoke that night. I think it’s a classic Hagman grin that showcases his spirit. Thanks, Larry. Our brief encounter and interaction was definitely a memorable moment!
And, by the way, I watched so many re-runs of I Dream Of Jeannie that I must’ve worn out the television. I know most boys watched the show for Barbara Eden’s wardrobe (or lack of one), but I was always drawn to Major Nelson’s charisma and charm!