Belgian fan Stéphane, accompanied by his wife and young son, attended this year's FACTS convention in Ghent, Belgium; he was kind enough to share with us the touching story of his meeting with Summer and her husband Val, as well as a selfie with Summer.
Here's the transcript of our conversations, translated from French into English.
I chatted with Summer at her booth about her little baby girl and I introduced her to my son Alexandre. Her husband was there too; he's a nice guy who freely took a picture of Summer and my son (not released publicly). The crew was upset!
My wife Soraya was slightly jealous but hey, Casper Van Dien (Johnny Rico in Paul Verhoeven's 1997 science fiction action film Starship Troopers) sat next to her :-)
We had an amazing time at the convention and Alexandre is talking all day about his meeting with Summer and Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca in the original Star Wars films).
Here's the photo that Stéphane kindly sent us, featuring himself and Alexandre posing with Summer at her booth, taken by Stéphane's wife Soraya.
This is not the whole story. As mentioned above, Val took a picture of Summer and Alexandre using the camera Stéphane provided, hoping he could get a copy for him and Summer. But in the heat of the moment Stéphane forgot to ask where he could send the photo and asked us if we could send the photo to the new parents. We gladly accepted the mission and Stéphane sent us the lovely photo that we forwarded to them.
As an aside, the photo of Summer posing with Alexandre is breathtaking. They smile at the camera and pose next to each other casually as if they'd known themselves for years. No wonder Soraya had tears in her eyes when Summer told them she thought Alexandre was beautiful, as Stéphane emotionally confided.
Many thanks to Stéphane and his family for sharing their impressions with us. I also wish to take this opportunity to thank all FACTS convention attendees for sharing such lovely images of Summer. It means a lot for fans who don't have the opportunity to meet Summer in person, whether they are on a budget or lack of time or live in another country.
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