I met Richard Hatch 4 or 5 years ago, the same way many of you probably did, standing in a line to get a signed photo at a convention he was appearing at. That first convention I met him at we spent 45 minutes to an hour and just talking while the entire line behind was held up. A couple of years ago Richard and I discussed getting him to appear at a convention that I am the owner and promoter of. It took us almost 2 years (with a lot of help from Mina) to finally get an appearance on the schedule for, at least on my part, my friend. Once we had Richard all locked in as our primary guest of honor, the event took on a life of its own. In no time we had Dirk Benedict, Jack Stauffer, Herbert Jefferson Jr, Annie Lockhart and Sarah Rush all attending our event in what had now become an original Battlestar reunion! Richard's ConDaughter Mary Anne was attending as the panel mediator, Bill was coming to take photos.....it was going to be amazing. In June of 2016, I fell ill and came very close to passing away and was amazed at all of the well wishes from Richard, his family and friends....people I had never met in person. Mina, Samantha, Mab and Bill (whom I have known and loved a while), Dale, Alec, Crystal, and more (I am unable to list you all here, sorry!). Well that outpouring of support was heartfelt and made me look even more forward to this amazing lineup we had put together for Classic Con! Then it hit, Richard was sick and in the hospital, just days before the convention. We became the first ever convention that Richard had been forced to cancel an appearance at. The Last chance at a BSG Reunion of amazing proportions (although we didn't know this at the time). A short time ago we all lost Richard and it was devastating to many of us. This is who Richard was. A Fan? Friend? ConFriend? ConFamily? Family? or something more, Richard touched all of our lives with grace and love. Richard passed on through Mina how disappointed and sorry he was for having to cancel his appearance at Classic Con. So we will be holding a good old fashioned (Irish) wake for him at Classic 2017. Richard will make his appearance at my con through all of us! Everyone is invited! Let's share our stories, laughter, tears and loss together. Let's remember Richard in a way he would have wanted us all too.