June 26th, 2021
GEEKING. OUT. (Politely, of course.)
It’s no secret that my pop culture influences are deep, vast, and embedded in my DNA. But few can call themselves legitimate cornerstones of my youth, and Power Rangers is definitely that.
When I was a young(er) dude, my dad took me to meet Walter Jones, the Black Ranger; I got a Polaroid with him and he signed Power Rangers #1. For years I told people about this, but I had lost the evidence, forever, or so I thought. When my mom passed last year, I got boxes of stuff she saved of me, and I found these treasures inside, vindicating my oft-told tale.
When I found out that one of the best comic book stores on this entire planet was hosting David Yost, aka Billy, the Blue Ranger, my heart knew it was morphing time once again. It brought back those imperfect memories of nostalgia, those Saturday mornings with the Rangers, the birthday parties, the time spent playing with my mom. It was all the best things, and David was just the kindest dude, and I hope he got that kindness back in Minnesota today.
A mighty thanks to Eric and Neal and everyone at Mind’s Eye today for having this event. It was really special to be able to meet another hero of a beloved team I always wanted to be a part of growing up.