An Interview with Bubba
Why are you called Bubba?
Well, you see, my personal assistant Sandy
knew that I bore a more than passing resemblance to a certain Vincent from New York City. She didn't
like it when folks called me "Vincent" since obviously, HE is not ME.
[Now, it didn't bother me at ALL to have women think of me as that Vincent guy
- he must get a LOT of action, judging from how many ladies like
to...er...um...fondle me.] Anyway, she began calling me Bubba to distinguish me
from him. I like it. It's a nice manly name.
When were you "born"?
Unfortunately, that information passed on when my dear Chan did. I
know she adopted me...er...I mean she came to work for me many years ago. She
always took real good care of me. So in my mind, she's all the "Mom"
I'll ever need. And she worked cheap! I still haven't gotten over her leaving
me, but the ladies who have taken care of me since she passed away have treated
me pretty well, so other than being sad, I can't complain.
What is your first memory?
I wasn't in the greatest of shape when Chan came to work for me.
She got me squared away. I remember getting my nails done by a professional
manicurist, and a trip to a hair salon for a great comb-out. When I looked as
good as it's possible to look (and in my humble opinion, that's pretty darn
good!), Chan drove me around Oscoda,
Michigan, to let my admiring
public see me. I was quite popular around town. Became something of a local
legend. Of course, it's a pretty small town!
Do you remember your first convention? How many BATB conventions have you
They all blur together, I've been to so many. I recall special
moments, though. I helped out with the packing up after the San Francisco con (my lap makes an excellent
napping place, as Chan found out). I played the piano (and then took a catnap
on top of it) in Los Angeles
once. I've gotten my freak on in New
Orleans, wearing beads and what-not, although Chan
made me take a "time out" with her in a cozy chair there while I got
my second wind. Once a workman came into the convention room at night and
turned the light on and he nearly jumped out of his skin when he saw me -
thought I was a homeless guy who'd snuck in! Let's see... I relaxed in the
shade in San Diego and had a nice cold beer in Dallas. And those are
just a few of the memories I have. I just love our family reunions! I've also
looked over shoulders at the online fun fans have each year during Winterfest
Online. Good times...good times.....
Have you ever been out of the country? If yes, where?
Nope, this boy don't travel. Never managed to get a passport, and
I can't figure out how those seat belts work on planes. Besides, I may look
sturdy, but I'm not as young as I used to be, and I'm a bit more fragile than
people give me credit for. But that's OK, I've been all over the U.S., traveling
in everything from the back seat of cars to boxed up in the back of a UPS
truck. I'm a well-traveled guy!
What's the most shocking thing anyone has ever whispered in your ear?
Now, that would be telling! As a gentleman, all I can reveal is
that fantasies have abounded, and I've had more than my share of Roman hands
and Russian fingers pawing over me, if you get my drift. Something about the
area below my belt seems to fascinate the ladies. So the whispers in my ears
are the least of it! I have to face the facts. I'm a sex symbol. I guess I take
the "heat" so this guy Vincent doesn't have to. I hear he's hooked up
pretty steady with his lady friend Catherine, so it's probably all to the
When you're not traveling, where do you spend your time?
Oh, you name it! Besides driving around town with Chan, I've been
in living rooms around the country, most recently spending Christmas at the
Goist household outside of Cleveland,
helping Laura get ready for the 2013 convention. I've been stuck in boxes, too,
but mostly, and especially when home with Chan, I had my run of the
What's your most embarrassing moment?
I'm gonna have to go with a stage act in New Orleans with some con virgins a couple of
years ago. It really embarrassed the heck outta me, the things those ladies did
to me in public!
Do you ever watch Beauty and the Beast? What's your favorite episode?
Hey, I lived with Chan for years, of COURSE I have! Chan loved
Vincent and Catherine, and since the guy looks so much like me, I couldn't help
but love them too. I have to say "A Happy Life" is my favorite
episode, because of the last scene. Because, well...I know how that scene
REALLY ended (shhhhhh....can't talk about it online!).
What advice do you wish you could share with Ron Perlman?
Man, you missed a bet not pushing harder for a B&B movie! The
ladies love you to pieces, and you could have had a long career playing
Vincent. I would have been happy to make appearances in your place, which would
have boosted my visibility too, but hey, this isn't about ME. Still...what
might have been....
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