George A. Romero had numerous fans around world. Members of the GARF team have been overwhelmed by the stories that the GARF has received from George’s fans. This page will be dedicated to their stories, reflections of how George and his work impacted their lives.
“I've always had nothing but the utmost respect for the man, ever since I was young. But, in 2005, something happened that magnified that respect to the utmost degree. In October of 2005, I attended a horror and heavy metal convention in Worcester, MA called Rock & Shock. I went there for two of the three days. On the second day, I immediately waited in a long line to meet Mr. Romero. It was well worth it.
He was beyond gracious and respectful in answering all my questions. When it came time to leave, I shook his hand and told him how much respect I had for him. When all was said and done, my mom and I went to walk off. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw him get up out of his chair. I turned around and saw he was looking at my mom calling "Ma’am. Ma’am....." My mom walked back over and he told her "You raised a very respectful son, ma’am" and shook her hand.
How many people in the business would do that? Especially those who've been in the business as long as he has? Not many, I'd venture to say.
Amazing. The man is a true legend, and he took the time to get up out of his chair, call my mom back over to shake her hand. A wonderful gentleman who I'll always have nothing but the utmost respect for.
May his legacy forever live on.”
“I grew up watching his movies, then I became a filmmaker, later I got to meet him at the Sitges Film Festival in 2007. We stayed in touch for years until he passed away, and I will carry the grief of not being able to work with him :-( However, I have a photo of him hanging in my apartment, so I see him everyday smiling at me. I live in Los Angeles, and every time I take a walk in Hollywood Blvd I stop by his star.”
“My first movie I ever saw was Dawn of the Dead, I was just six years old. I fell in love imminently and reminder packing my toys to get ready for the zombies to come and invade my uncles, sadly they never showed. I would always ask my uncle John to play "the zombie movie" when I went over and fall asleep if anything else was on. Fast forward to 2005, Land of The Dead. I never thought I would get to see a new Romero Zombie film in theaters in my lifetime, it had been too long since Day of the Dead, the last Zombie film(at that time) had come out. The trailer for Land had come out and I made it my mission to witness greatness in theaters and I did just that. Romero was officially back!! Now a new mission comes when one is complete, meet George A Romero. I was at work reading the new issue of HorrorHound and had an advertisement for Texas Frightmare Weekend and you guessed it, George was on the bill. I bought my VIP ticket right after that for their convention held in April 2010.I got to the convention late (rookie traveler mistakes) and was worried I'd missed my chance to meet my hero. Turns out the were announcing the guests as soon as the were making their way to their tables to sign and meet the fans. I was on the phone giving a update to my mother when the announced that George A Romero was here and ready to start. Everybody began cheering, sorry mom, gotta go! I waited in line for my turn and picked a picture for him to sign, I picked the one of were George is surrounded by zombies on the set of Day of the Dead. Finally, my turn! George says "hello" and I say hello back and tell him I can't believe I'm meeting you! He was so sweet and kind, I gave him the photo and he said "oh, I should use the special marker this one." He used a gold paint marker to sign my picture and told me to be very careful with it and let it dry so it didn't smudge. What a guy! I asked for a picture and he said "or course." Another mission complete! I consider myself one of the lucky ones to have meet George A Romero. I am who am because of him.”
George’s movie Night of the Living Dead, will always have a special place in my heart. My uncle Elmer let me watch it when I was 5 years old. The movie scared me so bad, I was afraid of zombies for a very long time. Nothing else could scare me, except that movie. It became a funny story for me and my uncle later in life. It was his favorite movie. He passed away from cancer in 2012. I never got to share my experiences with him. That I finally visited Evans city, and got to meet some of the actors from the film. He would have loved that. Night of the Living Dead the movie that scared me so much as a child, would later help me heal as an adult. The love for this movie has helped me through depression and loss.