CHiPs Reunion – Nostalgia Con 2019

CHiPs Reunion

Nostalgia Con

September 29, 2019

 by Veronica Nunez

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Larry Wilcox (L) and Erik Estrada (R)

Nostalgia Con reunited Larry Wilcox and Erik Estrada for a CHiPs reunion panel.  I watched CHiPs religiously as a kid, and I was really excited to see this panel.

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Larry Wilcox and Erik Estrada

Erik spoke at length about what inspired him to become a police officer in real life, and it has nothing to do with CHiPs.  I won’t go into details, but he was visiting an office were officers were part of a team targeting child exploitation.

Larry and Erik touched briefly on their past conflicts.  Erik Estrada told the story of his on-set accident during film a scene of CHiPs.  Larry’s former military training kicked in and Erik credits Larry with saving his life.  Their relationship improved after that, and Erik proclaimed his love for his brother.

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Larry Wilcox and Erik Estrada

 

It feels like they are just two very different people, and there were other issues onset which created an environment ripe for arguments, but it was quite enjoyable to see these two men laugh together thirty (30) years later.

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Larry Wilcox and Erik Estrada laughing together

Nostalgia Con 2019

Nostalgia Con 2019

Anaheim, California

September 28-29, 2019

  by Veronica Nunez
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The Flux Capacitors

Nostalgia Con is a fan convention celebrating the 1970s to 1980s.  Nostalgia Con was held September 28 to 29, 2019 at the Anaheim Convention Center.  It was a very small convention, but I enjoyed the panels and seeing all of the great fan cars on display.

The Flux Capacitors performed on the convention floor during the convention.  There was a Boombox Museum with so many boomboxes of various sizes.  Remember when bigger was better for portable radios?!

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There was a panel featuring three of the original MTV VJs telling stories of how MTV began, doing cocaine with rock stars, and hosting a 24 hour worldwide concert while simultaneously partying with rock stars.  Other panels included Dawn Wells from Gilligan’s Island, Sean Astin and Corey Feldman talking about The Goonies, Christopher Lloyd, and CHiPs to name a few.

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I wish there had been more attendees at the convention, but I hope they return in future years.