Silvia from Rome, Italy, provided this cute story with her photos from last year’s FACTS Convention in Belgium. Looks like she had a great time!
My “relationship” with “Hercules”
Before I tell you the story (of) how I became a huge Kevin Sorbo fan, I must inform you that since I was born, as I have Greek origins, my real and biggest passion is Greece: Greek mythology and everything (that) belongs to Greece (and) its traditions, history, monuments, cooking, landscapes, and so on (well, I can continue for hours)… I can resume (by) saying that Greece is my second country after Italy.
It was 1996 and I was 12 years old. One day my mother said to me, “It’s starting, a new T.V. show tonight called ‘Hercules.’ I think you must watch it, and I’m sure you’ll like it,” because it’s based on Greek mythology.
When I was watching the (show’s) opening, I was just disappointed because there were many things on the show that didn’t correspond (to) the real myth and story of Hercules. (Since I love history, too, I pretend that all the historical T.V. shows and historical movies have to correspond to the real history or legend because people who are watching them could believe that they are real!)
I was turning off the T.V. when a Cupid’s arrow pierced through my young heart. Hercules (Kevin Sorbo) appeared in all his beauty and I immediately fell in love with him: his sapphire eyes, his smile, his body, his gentleness… He has everything a girl could dream about a man… and Kevin Sorbo represented (and still represents) my ideal man. So, I started to watch the show, but, only to see Kevin. Unfortunately, the show didn’t obtain much success in Italy and I had not a computer yet to search more information about him.
A few years later I found his address in a Greek T.V. magazine and I sent him a letter… Four months later he sent me back a picture of him with (a) dedication: “To Silvia. Follow your dreams. Kevin Sorbo”… This happened 10 years ago and I was 16. I think it was the best day of my life!
When I finally bought a computer I spent many hours searching about Kevin Sorbo news and pictures until I met other girls and women all around the world (from fan clubs, YouTube, Facebook) who share my same “man.”
I always dreamed to meet him, but, I’d never found the courage to go to any convention until last year. Kevin announced his appearance at a convention in Belgium… I had to go there! It was a great opportunity for me to meet him and to meet my new friends (“the Sorbo’s Girls,” as I call them).
In October, 2009, I finally met Kevin Sorbo: my hero, my “friend,” my first love. (He) took me finally in his strong arms like a Disney princess! (Can you imagine how fast my heart was beating?!?)
This could be a nice end for a fable, but, the fable continues… yes, because only six months later (April 3-4, 2010) Kevin appeared at a convention in my city, in Rome! It was so great meeting him twice, and when he saw me he remembered me and he kissed me: the sweetest and most desired kiss ever!
Well… this is my long story about me and my great love for Hercules/Kevin, a love (that has) lasted 14 years… What? Will he marry me? Sure… but next life!
It’s never too late to celebrate!
Teresa from Spain made this excellent video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AvLx5LZC-1M
Please visit the gallery for more great Kevin birthday art: http://s220.photobucket.com/albums/dd259/galeriadearte_album/
So many talented, caring people… Kevin’s a lucky guy!
As many of you know today is the International Feast of St. Sorbo, better known as Kevin’s birthday. Okay, I created the feast thing, but we all wish the Big Guy a blessed 35th…
May your clubs never bend or rust;
May you play with people whose scores you trust;
May the course never be too tough;
May you always get out of the rough;
May you forever have fun in your pursuit of another hole-in-one.
Happy Frickin’ Birthday, boss!
Lucie from Prague kindly provided links to some really great Czech and Slovak Kevin sites. Please have a look. Thanks, Lucie! 🙂
Please also “Like” the Kevin Sorbo: Russian Forum on Facebook: http://tinyurl.com/2fg8d9v
(Artwork by Vilena)
Montserrat writes so beautifully here that although translated (gracias, Teresa) her words express a joy and sorrow we all feel; I cried and so might you. I believe she is planning to attend the Basauri Convention in Spain next year. We hope that she will finally meet and spend time with Kevin.
On Mr. Kevin Sorbo’s blog and on the chat my name is Serratmons. On Facebook it’s Serratmediterraneo.
I was born in 1951 in Barcelona, a beautiful city in Spain. When I was 17 Hercules took my heart for the first time, book-shaped.
Atlantis’ poem speaks of a young castaway who comes to a beach where an old hermit nurtures and takes care of him. When the young castaway recovers, he tells the hermit about his crazy dreams. Dreaming of a continent beyond the known confines, he calls himself the young Christopher Columbus. The hermit then begins the narration of the destruction of the mythical continent of Atlantis. Note that the Supreme Power of the Universe used the demigod Hercules to execute justice, to protect and replant the seed and the matrix of the Atlantean race. The land that emerges from the ruins of Atlantis is the Iberian Peninsula. Hercules rearranges the new life after the disaster emerged, creating new cities where order reigns, justice and beauty. In Cadiz, Coruna, Barcelona, Sagunto rise temples dedicated to Hercules.
He ends the poem and encourages the young Columbus to search for his dream. Certainly, the reprint of the poem in 1968 was very successful. The whole poem is a hymn to life, love and justice: a claim whatsoever to the relationship between human beings and their inner strength uppermost.
I was growing up and Hercules and the author of the poem filled my youth with high hopes and dreams of love, homeland, justice and beauty. Also, of bitter realities since Jacinto Verdaguer channeled all that ardor of your heart to the highest mystical feeling. He was a Catholic priest, but, his way of living Christianity and passion for life led him to profound suffering.
My youth has passed by, the political changes in my country and around the world forced us to speed things up. These past 150 years to human groups have been of great achievements, but, also of great acceleration. In a society that moves too fast and no time to look back, the old heroes have been forgotten…
Hercules, Jacinto Verdaguer and my youth went to Olympus.
A bit wild in youth, at age 27 the disease crossed my path and I won a part of the battle; it has left me sitting in a wheelchair, but, we managed to succeed thanks to the beauty of the process (of) life.
Today, I am a tired woman, but, quiet and wiser. It’s ended my time to build. Now, it’s time to breathe and appreciate the free gifts given us by the day, to see the beauty of each moment.
Last fall for me it was difficult, no air to breathe and no beauty to see…
One evening I put the T.V. on… And there was Hercules, different, very different from what I dreamed of in my 17 years… Strong, with all the strength that may have a heart that loves life: fighting, as always for his beloved human groups, dynamic, happy and sad, very sad, with a heavy weight on his shoulders. But, enjoying the gift of friendship, being friend to Iolaus…
Today, I would not be able to figure out Hercules without his brother Iolaus, fine and dynamic actor.
Hercules has opened today, in my way, a door to a new dimension, new hope for a new challenge… You can, yes, you can, get where you believe you can… If you don’t feel you can, I’ll be there waiting… I’m working on my dear, sad heart Hero…
What struck me most on the series is the ability of Mr. Sorbo to print that strength of heart… How does he do it?
I understand that for Mr. Sorbo Hercules is part of his past; it’s also for me, and… now (on T.V.) it comes again magnificently represented by a great actor.
I would love to meet Kevin, since this time and space has gotten together to meet someone who has so perfectly relived the legendary hero. I would, in the time that the process of life permits me, shake his hand in order to differentiate the Mr. Sorbo from the hero who is all heart.
I would also ask him a few questions: When the series ended, I think the seventh season, how did it end? Where’s Hercules? Solo, with a new family? Oh, at any time the hero can return to start helping today’s society?
Thank you all for your welcome and attention. Regards.
Please see her excellent blog: http://serratmonts.blogspot.com/
(Artwork by Mara)
“I shall ever bear about me a memory of the solemn hour I thus spent alone with the master of the House of Usher. …An excited and highly distempered ideality threw a sulphureous lustre over all.” Edgar Allan Poe, “The Fall of the House of Usher”
Kevin recently recorded an Audio Drama for Macabre Mansion entitled, “The Fall of the House of Usher,” in which he narrates one of American author Edgar Allan Poe’s (1809-1849) most famous tales. He starred with Jim O’Rear (Roderick Usher), Bonita Friedericy (Madeline Usher), and John Billingsley (the family doctor).
His role as Narrator tells the unfortunate story of twins Roderick and Madeline Usher via first person as an unnamed childhood friend of Roderick. The short fiction, published in 1839 and revised a year later, opens with the Narrator arriving at the grand Usher estate at Roderick’s behest. It masterfully weaves its way through mystery, horror, and psychological dimensions about which I will write no more so as to not spoil your listening pleasure. Poe is one of my favorite authors, and I want you, too, to experience the thrill of this underrated literary genius.
Kevin Herren, Director and Producer of “The Fall of the House of Usher,” kindly answered a few questions regarding this project, a generous portion of which will benefit A World Fit for Kids.
SW: How and when did Macabre Mansion originate?
KH: Macabre Mansion started out as an Internet Radio Station in 2005 broadcasting mostly classic Old Time Radio Programs such as “Dark Fantasy,” “CBS Mystery Theatre,” and “Inner Sanctum.” Over time Macabre Mansion branched out into other areas and became a multi-genre media organization. Comprised of an all-volunteer team of writers, Macabre covers and reviews all things Horror, SciFi and Fantasy.
SW: What is “The Fall of the House of Usher” project and how did it happen?
KH: “The Fall of the House of Usher” is an Audio Drama adaptation of the classic short story by Edgar Allan Poe. It’s a fully dramatized recording in the style of the classic Old Time Radio programs. Our adaptation stays true to Poe’s original vision with only minor changes in dialogue. The script consists of four speaking roles: Roderick Usher (O’Rear), Madeline Usher (Friedericy), the family Doctor (Billingsley), and the Narrator (Sorbo), who is an unnamed childhood friend of Roderick.
The founders of Macabre Mansion had a goal to produce original Audio Dramas, and this was a primary reason that Macabre Mansion was started. It’s been a long time coming, but their original vision is now coming to fruition.
SW: How did Kevin get involved?
KH: We met and interviewed Mr. Sorbo at a Science Fiction convention in Florida and have stayed in contact since. Please see http://www.macabremansion.com/index.php?room=ksorbo
Once the script was finished and we started casting we knew he would be perfect for the part of the Narrator. He thought it was an interesting project and agreed to come on board.
SW: Please outline Kevin’s role and your collaboration with him during taping.
KH: Mr. Sorbo plays the part of the Narrator who is also a childhood friend of Roderick Usher. He and the rest of the cast were such naturals at their roles (that) they needed little direction. The recording session went incredibly smooth. We recorded all the voice-work in Burbank, California. We will be doing the final edit (and) adding sounds effects and music in the Macabre studio. I can’t tell you how excited I am about this project. The audio we recorded in Burbank was perfect, and the cast was amazing to work with.
SW: Please address your WFIT donation.
KH: We first learned about A World Fit For Kids after the interview we did with Mr. Sorbo in Florida. We’ve been following their work ever since. We actually decided to make this a charity project before we ever cast the first actor. We believe the work that WFIT is doing is vital and important, and we’re proud to be donating 75% of our first-year proceeds to this worthwhile organization.
SW: How can Kevin’s fans support this project?
KH: We’re currently doing a fundraiser through the KickStarter fundraising service. Backers who make a funding donation will receive reward items that include promotional photographs and Compact Discs of the finished retail productions autographed by a cast member of their choice. This is an all-or-nothing fundraiser and time is limited. Fans can help by making a donation and by helping to spread the word. The deadline for the KickStarter fundraiser is Saturday, September 18, at 3:14 p.m. CST. Here’s a link to the fundraiser page: http://kck.st/cjd3oX
Please see the following for more information:
“…my brain reeled as I saw the mighty walls rushing asunder — there was a long tumultuous shouting sound like the voice of a thousand waters — and the deep and dank tarn at my feet closed sullenly and silently over the fragments of the ‘House of Usher.'” Edgar Allan Poe, “The Fall of the House of Usher”
(photos courtesy of Macabre Mansion)